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Today's Opinions

  • Gun owners: Consider buying a gun safe

    In light of the recent tragic events in Connecticut, I appeal to community gun owners to consider, if you have not already, buying a gun safe and keeping it locked, while you hold the key.
    The shooter’s mom was a gun owner and, while she felt safe with guns around, they were used on her. The gun safes will keep the guns out of the wrong hands. Also if you follow the local news, you know there have been a lot of break-ins in the area and the sheriff’s deputies say they are looking for guns.
    God bless ya’ll.

    Ron Wyman

  • Open letter to my U.S. congressman

    My name is Matthew Taylor and I was born and raised in Lancaster. I want to start by saying that I am appalled by the numerous massacres that have been perpetrated across the country in the past couple years, even more so when following each tragedy Congress has failed to act in any meaningful way.  The most recent, and possibly the worst of current history, saw 20 first-graders murdered. From all media reports, these kids suffered multiple bullet wounds, which as a parent of an 18-month-old child, I find terrifying, sad and angry. 

  • SC Access provides wealth of information

    Imagine being separated from an elderly family member or loved one in need of help or services who lives alone in South Carolina.
    If you’re like many families across our state, you may find that younger generations have moved away from their older relatives to further their education, get married and start a family, find a job in another state, or serve in the military. Where are they to look for resources if their older relatives need help finding various services available in their communities?

  • Haley’s health-care math: 1+1=0

    In the next few months, Gov. Nikki Haley and the Republican politicians in Columbia are going to be making some very big decisions about providing health care for 513,000 South Carolinians, and there is more than $3 billion at stake. These are some very large numbers and let’s hope they make the decisions based on math and not ideological purity. Right now, it looks as if math is losing.

  • Ring in new year safely

    It’s hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. It’s been a busy year, much of it focused on local, state and national elections and the still-struggling economy. But the election is finally over and while the county’s unemployment rate is still in the double digits this year – 10.8 percent in October, that is an improvement on the 12.6 posted at the same time last year.

  • Disrespect of flag illustrates disrespect of troops

    In this era of patriotism when we are encouraged to show our patriotism, support and respect to our troops and nation, I am appalled at the way some people desecrate and disrespect our flag.
    With a modicum of patriotism they run a flag up their pole and forget it. It stays raised day and night, rain or shine until it is a tattered rag. Once it blows away or people take it down, I’m not sure how they dispose of it. I doubt they go to the effort of proper disposal – either through the Boy Scouts of America or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

  • SCOTUS should reverse Abington v. Schempp

    What a tragic sight and sound as we see another act of “craziness” by an individual who goes on a shooting spree, killing innocent men, women and even young children.
    The solution to prevent this type of terror is not to ban guns. It is not the NRA. It is not about guns at all. Gun rights were protected by our Founding Fathers in the Second Amendment to protect Americans against an aggressive and mutinous government.

  • Now is time to unite for our future

    We made a difference in Europe during World War II by partnering with the Soviets. After that moment of unity, we spent decades fighting them during the Cold War, including its associated proxies. An old adage states that the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
    Right now, despite the obvious political opposition, our common enemy is the fiscal cliff. This problem has been extended for years. Now is the time to unite and fix this for once and for all.
    Economists warn that inaction could lead to a double-dip recession.