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Today's Opinions

  • I believe in American blue collar workers

    Exactly 46 years ago, I chose not to go to University of South Carolina, but to go to Midlands Tech to begin my journey and become a tool and die maker. I come from a long line of hard-working farmers and carpenters. My grandfather and father taught me at a young age how to build and repair things with my hands. I have never, for one minute, regretted the decision to become a tool and die maker because it allowed me to learn a skill that will always be needed.

  • Letter writers should cite facts, not hate speech

    t is not too often that I read The Lancaster News anymore, but I still try to read the hometown paper every now and again to get an understanding of what is going on in my community. I especially enjoy reading the letters to the editor. I believe that it is an important part of free speech to have your thoughts published in a space that is designed for you to voice your opinion.

  • More people need to be removed from office

    This is to remind everyone and especially Phil Noble, president of the new S.C. Democrats, that more firings are needed and let’s not stop with Gov. Nikki Haley. I agree heads should roll for this ID theft blunder, including the ones who ignored the warning signs months ahead.

  • Redistricting: Who’s affected?

    As many of you know, congressional redistricting happens every 10 years. After the census is conducted, Congress looks at which areas have grown or declined in population and representation across the country is reassessed. Some states lose seats in Congress, some gain, and some keep their current representation.
    This year, South Carolina gained a seat during this process. Therefore, the district lines within the state were revised and on Jan. 3, 2013, the new district lines take effect.

  • Don’t forget homeless pets at Christmas

    ’Tis the season and we are all rushing around buying gifts for family and friends and trying not to forget anyone. When you are in the pet aisle of your favorite store and as you reach for that Christmas stocking full of toys and treats for that special family member, please stop and think a minute about the homeless pets being housed in your local animal shelter.

  • Our canoes heading for rim of impending fiscal cliff

    Some folks are quick to find fault in others. Golly, I never thought I would see the day when a  business man was overly concerned about a prospect’s souce of income, Mark Logans’ letter to the editor, “Time to stop the gravy train,” in the Dec. 2, 2012, edition of The Lancaster News. Seems the real hitch was coming up with the required deposit amount. The prospect was described as young. Well, that may eliminate a lot of folks.

  • ‘Third-World’ election in Columbia draws recount

    Where was Jimmy Carter when we needed him?
    Following his term as president, Carter has traveled the world building houses for Habitat for Humanity and building democracies by monitoring elections.
    I don’t know where Jimmy was on Nov. 6, but we certainly could have used him in Richland County, where we had an election that if it were called “Third World,” would defame Third-World countries.

  • Shop locally first during the holidays

    With Christmas lights up and area holiday parades starting this weekend, it’s definitely starting to look and even feel, with the recent frost, like Christmas here in Lancaster County.
    With Black Thursday/Friday behind us and the holiday shopping season in full swing, we’d like to remind shoppers to Think Lancaster First.
    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s shop local initiative is also in full swing with discounts galore in its new Think Lancaster First coupon book.