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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Thanks for donating to holiday campaign

    I am truly grateful to the community for generously supporting the abused and neglected children and adults served through the Lancaster County Department of Social Services.
    Because of your endless efforts, the Lancaster County Outreach Project Annual Holiday Giving Campaign and FALLing into Winter: Coat Drive were both a complete success. Generous contributions have given our clients not only material items but also the gift of kindness.

  • Column: County auditor bids farewell

    I would like to inform you that I do not plan to seek reelection this year. I have been blessed to have served our county for over 36 years, with 28 of those serving as your county auditor. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
    When first elected in 1988, I pledged to serve you to the best of my ability, and I feel that I have fulfilled my promise. I have tried my best to represent you across the state in a respectful manner.

  • Column: Red Cross helps its neighbors across S.C.

    We’ve never been more proud to be a part of the American Red Cross. We’ve been through so much in South Carolina this year, and when our neighbors needed care and comfort, the American Red Cross was there.
    None of us will ever forget the severe storms and relentless torrential rains that led to historic levels of flooding in October. Many South Carolinians were forced to leave their homes to seek safe shelters, while others were being rescued from floodwaters.

  • Letter: Wilma Faile's skunks, Round 2

    Thank you for putting my letter in the paper. I’ve had so many calls, and everywhere we go someone talks to us about it, and they have asked if we have seen any more.
    So, this is my reply.
    The week of Christmas, the house was decorated and I was baking and making candy for church and friends. No smell of skunks.

  • Letter: Thank law officers for their sacrifices

    Every day, thousands of South Carolina law enforcement officers go to work to serve and protect the citizens of our great state. We are so accustomed to having them on duty in our communities that sometimes we neglect to adequately thank them.
    In 2015, three S.C. officers made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty. The number of S.C. law officers killed on duty stands at approximately 335.

  • Column: No surprise Trump is drawing support

    I do not necessarily disagree with the Rev. Frankie Melton Jr.’s assessment of Donald Trump in his Dec. 30 guest column headlined “Why is Trump gaining support of evangelicals?” But I would merely suggest that he scrutinize leaders of the Democratic Party with the same stringent measure that he applies to the Republicans.
    He suggests that America cannot be great again without a “moral rudder.” May I submit – quite emphatically – that America is sinking under the “moral rudder” of the present administration.

  • Column: South Carolina needs a 21st century foreign policy

    Right up front, let’s be clear about what I’m suggesting here.
    No, our state does not need to have a foreign policy about putting “boots on the ground” to fight ISIS. Nor do we need a policy on the border dispute between China and Tibet, and we sure don’t need to try and send an ambassador to the United Nations. (I don’t think they would let us in if we tried.)

  • Letter: Mayoral candidates, campaign with honor

    Coming up Feb. 23 is the election for Lancaster mayor.  Several candidates have registered and are now campaigning.   
    We the people of Lancaster take great pride in our city and desire to see progress that will help increase employment, lower crime rates, and bridge race and community relations. We believe that progress will help change the negative image of our city. It will help attract major industry and people here. We are Lancaster, and proud of it!