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Today's Opinions

  • Power plants or animal factories?

    I am delighted that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

    But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

    A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases.

  • Correction

    There was an incorrect statement in my June 1 article, entitled “Democrats protect all Americans.” I said that voters in Lancaster County could not vote for Tim Scott. That proved to be incorrect.

    I called Lancaster County Voter Registration Office twice to verify that before writing the letter and I was given incorrect information.

    In my previous state, residents only voted for the senator in their district, not both senators.

    Michael Jedson

    Indian Land

  • Lancaster Treasurer’s Office prides itself on customer service

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service. So we can better serve you and assist you with any questions or problems, it’s important that you know what my office does – as well as what it does not do.

    As Lancaster County treasurer, I am responsible for collecting property taxes and serving as the county’s banker, maintaining the county’s bank accounts.

  • See the person beyond the treatment

    When a person first hears the words, “you have cancer,” they are often experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms. Then they must face the side effects from treatment at the same time they juggle the many doctors, nurses and other professional who care for them.

    Palliative care is specialized medical care that provides patients with serious illnesses relief from the pain and other symptoms from a disease such as cancer. Palliative care uses a team-based approach to coordinate care and give patients an extra level of support.

  • Family appreciates FUMC

    We would like to share our personal experiences as parents and grandparents in partnership with First United Methodist Church of Lancaster for the past three years.

    Within these years we have witnessed the education, hard work and sincere concern shown from the teachers, staff and the wonderful Pastor Charles Phillips for the children.

    Manners and sharing are always implemented and the evidence is in their everyday activities in the classroom and on the playground.

  • Don’t forget to go vote in primary

    On Tuesday, June 10, registered voters across the state will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in their government.

    Locally, we’ll select a Republican candidate to face the lone Democrat in the 6th Circuit solicitor’s race.

    The list of hopefuls for the U.S. Senate race will be narrowed. So will the lieutenant governor, adjutant general, agriculture commissioner and state treasurer races.

  • Brundrett column: More FOIA violations by Public Service Commission?

    The S.C. Public Service Commission might not be aware of the old saying, “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
    In March, The Nerve revealed little-known testimony from Public Service Commission  Chairman G. O’Neal Hamilton, who told a legislatively controlled panel during a screening hearing last year for re-election to his seat that the seven-member PSC typically meets in smaller groups of up to three commissioners to reach a “consensus” before final decisions are made.

  • Jones column: Why teachers should hate Common Core

    “Common Core has nothing to do with curriculum, instruction or testing.” No matter how many times Common Core’s most prominent supporters make that claim, it’s still false. Like any set of strict academic standards, Common Core standards directly affect these areas, and thus remove the ability of teachers to use their talents to the fullest.