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Opinion

  • The S.C. House of Representatives is now debating the 2010-11 budget.

    Debating and prioritizing the wisest use of your tax dollars is the single biggest responsibility you place on us as legislators.

    As a conservative, I start any budget with the premise that we are not spending the government’s money, we are spending your money.

  • On the morning of Feb. 11, 1, Henry Remache and I were driving to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. It was about 7:30 a.m. We were in the right lane near Doug Crenshaw’s Energy Center.

    A young lady blew past us. I noticed a sticker in her rear window that said, “You can’t fix stupid.”

    Henry speaks English as a second language. I showed him the sticker and we laughed.

  • I read that South Carolina legislators are considering giving the PGA a $10 million dollar loan to hold a golf tournament at Hilton Head.

    The budget, at the same time, would eliminate all department of disabilities and special needs programs except for people who live in institutional settings.

    Does the word  “priority” come to your mind?

    At the same time, I read that a community in your York County known known as Blackmon Road lives mostly without water, sewer or electricity. They have lived that way for at least 20 years.

  • Using arm-twisting, threats and bribes, the administration and its leaders in the Congress have passed legislation that will spell the end of our republic. The progressive movement has won. By promising everything to the masses, our government has finalized complete control of our future. No more respect for the Constitution. No more states rights. The insertion of the government and its bureaucrats between each of us and our doctors will be the norm for everything to come.

  • It’s hard to believe, but there are signs. The yellow daffodil defying the snow. The sound of the bat making contact with a baseball from area ballfields. The engines roaring from Lancaster Motor Speedway. The annual festivals. The little buds about to burst on the flowering trees.

  • On March 21, the Democratic controlled Congress passed President Barack Obama’s unconstitutional health-care bill against the will of the majority of Americans. Before the vote, opinion polls were showing between 55-65 percent of citizens were against the bill.

    I guess we are learning elections do have consequences. Never has Congress passed such a sweeping piece of legislation affecting every American with the support of only one party and against the will of a majority of its citizens.

  • Jesus was considered blasphemous by the religious leaders of his day because he claimed to be the son of God, the only way to heaven. It had nothing to do with hair length or liberal American politicians who support abortion.

  • It’s that time of year again. We are getting ready for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) Walk to Cure Diabetes. With your support, we hope all children with diabetes will be cured.

    I am the grandmother of two wonderful young girls with Type 1 juvenile diabetes.

  • Over the past six weeks, The Lancaster News has featured its highly read Cold Case series about unsolved murders in Lancaster County dating back some 40 years.

    During those weeks, some faces from the past have rekindled reflections of those crime stories. Some of those I recall, like the late Harry Frazier, a gifted athlete in his day, playing youth sports in Lancaster.

  • Robert Culp died March 24. If that name rings a bell, it should. He was one of the stars in the television show, “I Spy,” which was on NBC from 1965 to 1968. His co-star in the series was the first black man in a leading role in a TV show, Bill Cosby.

  • On March 15, the House Budget Committee, by a 21-16, vote initiated the process that will allow the Senate to consider health-care reform under special rules that ban Senate filibusters and require a simple majority to approve the measure.

     “We’re taking the first step in the long, arduous process toward health-care reform,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, D-S.C.

    What Mr. Spratt didn’t say is that, under his guidance in the Budget Committee, and his vote, taxpayer money will be used to fund abortions.

  • I lived in Lancaster for years in the past and still keep up through family and The Lancaster News online. I am outraged about the Detective Pat Parsons situation. I would like to thank Detective Parsons for his many years of service and for protecting the city of Lancaster.

  • You should get the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire in the next few days. In previous editorials, we’ve stressed the importance of responding to the census. Census results are important – very important.  

    They are used to determine each state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redraw state and local voting districts.

    More than $400 billion in federal funds is distributed annually through state, local and tribal governments to communities each year, based on population data.

  • I was a senior in high school and wanted to entertain my girlfriend, so I offered to take her to all the rides at the county fair. With a tank of gas in that clunker Volkswagen and $25 in my pocket, I was sure to be the best Friday night date in town.

    Through the gate into the fairgrounds we went, past the farm equipment, smelly livestock barns, the hot dog and popcorn stands and the craft building with jams, pies and quilts. We had one thing on our minds – the rides. The towering Ferris wheel marked our destination.  

  • It is nice to know that the city of Lancaster is now judge, jury and executioner. They have taken the word of two people and crucified Lancaster Police Officer Pat Parsons. Being the parent of a young man, who also lost his way as a teenager, I know that everything a young man says isn’t the truth. I found that out the hard way. But to take that young man’s word and his mother’s word over Officer Parsons and not have a fair and honest hearing is ludicrous.

  • America is at a crossroads. One road leads to a progressive society with more aspects of our lives under government control.

    The other road leads to an American society of free individuals under a constitution that severely limits what the federal government can rightfully do.

    If we follow the progressive model, it will lead to a European-style welfare state so dependent on government that tax reduction is impossible because more people receive government benefits than those who produce the wealth.

  • How far have we regressed as a people? Let’s see what we have on the table: We have a known perpetrator, a known thief (even petty theft is stealing), who was in a store (where in the recent past, management had called the police to remove him for loitering.) A police officer asked him to go outside, but he refused. The officer pulled him by his hood (didn’t drag him through hot coals or cause physical injury in any way), then slapped a cigarette out of his mouth (it was illegal for him to be smoking anyway), then touched his lips.

  • I agree with portions of recent guest columns about issues with Edenmoor. I was a major opponent against all the uncontrolled growth in Indian Land, even making an unsuccessful run for County Council in 2004. I would much rather see Edenmoor grow back up in to an uninhabited wasteland than turn into a home for 3,000-5,000 more Yankees.

    But to blame the flooding on Mick Mulvaney is taking it a little too far. I used to dig night crawlers for catfish bait on the swampland at Henry Harris Road and U.S. 521 in the early 1970s while Mr. Mulvaney was in diapers.

  • Editor’s note: Dr. Kevin J. Nusz with The Eye & Laser Center wrote the following column because of concerns about diabetes and its impact on the vision of so many people in Lancaster County. March 23 was American Diabetes Association Alert Day. The one-day wake-up call was an effort to inform the American public about the seriousness of the disease. The annual Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held April 17 at Carowinds. Several local residents, including Jane Lucas and Emily Stacks, will participate with the Watts Up for Diabetes team.   

  • Wake up, America. Time for change. That was and is President Barack Obama’s creed. Let’s all thank God that Obama has done one thing good for America.

    He has finally aroused the citizens of America to wake up and see his real political agenda. That agenda is to governmentally take over America and become her dictator, oops, I mean unconditional leader without question.