Today's Opinions

  • Jordan made world a better place

    Jordan Smith, a recent Winthrop University graduate, died in a two-vehicle accident Sunday in Rock Hill.

    Lancaster County sheriff’s deputy Sgt. Stacey Roberts was also killed.

    Lancaster News reporter Jesef Williams, a Winthrop graduate, was friends with Smith, and is also friends with Smith’s girlfriend, Bonita Davis, who was injured in the crash.

    Melancholy instrumentals serve as the soundtrack as I think about Jordan Smith.

  • Make time for your Mom today

    Mother’s Day history dates back to the spring celebration of ancient Greece to honor Rhea, the gods’ mother.

    In the United States, Mother’s Day was first suggested after the Civil War by social activist Julia Ward Howe, who penned the words to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” She was astounded by the war’s carnage. In 1870, she tried to issue a manifesto for peace at international peace conferences in London and Paris.

  • Paper shouldn’t sing praises of Roberts

    This letter is in regards to the May 6 article about Sgt. Stacey Roberts. I don’t understand why he is being hailed as some kind of hero when, in fact, he killed an innocent 22-year-old young man and seriously injured a 22-year-old young lady.

    I’ve always believed there was a double standard between police officers and regular citizens, but to say “he loved pulling people over and writing tickets” is a blatant act of disrespect to Jordan Smith’s loved ones.

  • State budget less than desirable

    Several weeks of some of the most hotly contested debate in recent memory culminated last week with a vote on the 2009-2010 state budget in the S.C. Senate.

    While most media outlets have pitched this year’s budget debate as a “Sanford vs. the Legislature” proposition, that didn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the complexity of issues involved.  

    At the end of the day, the budget passed. I voted against it. Here’s why:

    First and foremost, I thought there was a better budget that had been offered.

  • Most know what conservative means

    In the May 3 edition of The Lancaster News, letter writer Wayne Love clarified some points he made in an earlier letter.

    Mr. Love, it would have been a lot easier, and greener  for you to just say, “I am a right-wing, conservative Republican.” Then all of the other “I ams” would have been understood. Most Americans know what a right-wing, conservative Republican is. We’ve lived – or should I say endured – the past eight years with one as president.

  • Mother would appreciate apology in son’s death

    It is 5 a.m. – another night of little sleep. Two years of little sleep have passed since my son died because of a poor decision made by a Lancaster resident.

    Mother’s Day weekend is approaching, the second anniversary of my son’s death. He was a healthy, strapping, handsome 37-year-old Marine staff sergeant, who was such a fine young man. I miss him terribly.

    On May 11, 2007, during Bike Week at Myrtle Beach, my son, Michael, was driving his Harley-Davidson motorcycle north on U.S. 17 in South Myrtle Beach and had a passenger on back.

  • Swine flu: Don’t panic over it yet

    Don’t panic! Although the swine flu has spread quickly in Mexico and there are now confirmed cases in most U.S. states, it would be easy to work yourself up and get very anxious about this outbreak. But should you?

  • Career center secures legacy for Blackmon