http://www.thelancasternews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Convincing work of the Holy Spirit http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/convincing-work-holy-spirit <p> During his final meeting with his apostles, Jesus explained the future ministry of the Holy Spirit to the world of unsaved people (see John 16:8-11). He predicted that the Holy Spirit would reprove the world concerning three things: sin, righteousness, and judgment.</p> <p> In the New Testament the word &ldquo;reprove&rdquo; to convince, convict, or rebuke someone about the wrongness of his actions or attitudes. John the Baptist reproved the Roman ruler Herod for marrying Herodias, his half-brother Philip&rsquo;s wife.</p> If audit finds nothing, county should apologize http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/if-audit-finds-nothing-county-should-apologize <p> Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC) is one of the most productive such operations in the state, with a long history of bringing business organizations to Lancaster County.</p> <p> Red Ventures, Nutramax, Fancy Pokkets, Keer America &ndash; the list goes on and on with hundreds of millions of dollars in investments and thousands of jobs brought into Lancaster County by this organization. One would think that Lancaster County Council would be appreciative of the work of this organization. Unfortunately, such is not the case.</p> Ignored Senate bill would be a good start http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/ignored-senate-bill-would-be-good-start <p> This year our Legislature met from January to July, extending session beyond even the normal allowance in years past. During that time, 1,336 bills were filed between the House and Senate. Of those, 131 were passed by lawmakers.</p> The Abbeville case – key to S.C.’s future http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/abbeville-case-%E2%80%93-key-sc%E2%80%99s-future <p> There is nothing &ndash; absolutely nothing &ndash; more important to the future of our state than fixing education. And as a result of the Abbeville case, we have a once in a lifetime opportunity to fix it. The question is will we?</p> Library friends’ partnerships growing http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/library-friends%E2%80%99-partnerships-growing <p> Since the inauguration of the Friends of the Del Webb Library and Indian Land business partnership program in 2012, the number of business partners has grown from 14 to 30. This year alone, nine new businesses came on board.</p> <p> New businesses coming into the community have been very excited about participating in the program, as it serves as an introduction to the community for them, thus giving them more exposure and bringing business to their doors.</p> Bird flu devastating U.S. egg industry http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/bird-flu-devastating-us-egg-industry <p> The U.S. egg industry is reeling from a colossal outbreak of avian flu, mostly among egg-laying chickens. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48 million birds, accounting for 11 percent of the nation&rsquo;s egg-laying hens, have been slaughtered for fear of infection during the past few months.</p> <p> The effects are far-reaching, from how to dispose of millions of potentially infected bird carcasses to job losses and rapidly rising egg prices. More than 40 countries have restricted U.S. poultry imports.</p> Lawmakers approve $200,000 earmark for ‘paper’ project http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/lawmakers-approve-200000-earmark-%E2%80%98paper%E2%80%99-project <p> S.C. lawmakers for years have bypassed the normal budget process by quietly slipping in earmarks for thousands &ndash; and sometimes millions &ndash; of tax dollars for their favorite organizations.</p> <p> But in rejecting Gov. Nikki Haley&rsquo;s veto of a $200,000 earmark sponsored by Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Beaufort and a member of the budget-writing House Ways and Means Committee, the General Assembly recently went a step further: It approved spending taxpayer money for a nonprofit housing development that has existed for years only on paper.</p> Man-made rights changing our culture http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/man-made-rights-changing-our-culture <p> The Supreme Court handed down its opinion Friday, June 26, that same-sex marriage is a right in all 50 states. Justice Anthony Kennedy replied to the observation that this will do harm to the institution of traditional marriage by saying, &ldquo;Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect and need for its privileges and responsibilities.&rdquo;</p>