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Today's Opinions

  • Guest Column: Democrats in glass houses should not throw stones

    In his recent column, William St. Louis makes the astounding assertion that the Republican Party is “owned” by the National Rifle Association.
    According to the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org), in the 2016 election cycle, the NRA spent $54.4 million in support of and in opposition to various candidates for federal office. The expenditures for all federal campaigns totaled $6.8 billion, so the NRA accounted for 0.8 percent of that total.

  • Guest Column: County’s GOP switch a sign of good times

    I want to thank William St. Louis for taking the time to share his views in The Lancaster News, as well as recognizing my efforts to help Republicans build a majority in Lancaster County.
    Usually being a political party chair is a thankless and invisible role where one is seldom noticed, much less recognized in the public spotlight. In reality, though, let’s give credit where credit is due.

  • Guest Column: Trouble in Lexington – Hiding financial information from a school board member

    A member of the board of trustees of Lexington School District 1 has had her requests for access to school district financial records denied by the school superintendent.
    The member has asked to see how much money the district has paid for lawyers. The superintendent says he won’t allow access to the records unless the entire school board approves the request, or the board member submits a written request under the state’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

  • Guest Column: Remembering D-Day, 75 years later

    It was mid-morning June 5 when I received a telephone call from a young adult whom I know quite well. The caller asked, “What are you doing?”      
    I replied, “I am reading about D-Day.”
    “What is D-Day?” my caller asked.

  • Guest Column: Buford Massacre’s impact on the Revolutionary War

    Editor’s note: Dakota Hegler, incoming cadet captain of Buford High’s JROTC and a rising senior, won the annual Emily Franklin Scholarship sponsored by the Friends of Buford Massacre Battleground for this essay, which he read May 25 during the 239th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre. Hegler, 17, is the son of Ray and Angie Hegler.

    All of the events that took place in the Revolutionary War have their own important place in history. They shaped the United States into what it is today.

  • Guest Column: I have arrived, just not in Beaufort

    Between 1980, when I became counsel to the S.C. Press Association, and today, I have given more seminars and participated in panel discussions regarding our state’s laws on open meetings and open records than I have kept count of.

  • Editor's Column: The easiest way to increase your chance of saving someone’s life

    Greg Brasington’s left arm was turning an ugly color, and his hand was icy to the touch. He had no pulse at his wrist.
    “This hurts a lot,” said the special operations coordinator for Lancaster County EMS.
    Strapped to his upper arm was a small tourniquet, a life-saving device that Brasington keeps handy always, and not just on the job.
    “Everyone should have one of these,” he told the crowd at Wednesday’s Breakfast Rotary meeting. “You can get them on Amazon or Walmart.com for less than $10.”

  • Editor's Column: The easiest way to increase your chance of saving someone’s life

    Greg Brasington’s left arm was turning an ugly color, and his hand was icy to the touch. He had no pulse at his wrist.
    “This hurts a lot,” said the special operations coordinator for Lancaster County EMS.
    Strapped to his upper arm was a small tourniquet, a life-saving device that Brasington keeps handy always, and not just on the job.
    “Everyone should have one of these,” he told the crowd at Wednesday’s Breakfast Rotary meeting. “You can get them on Amazon or Walmart.com for less than $10.”