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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: I can’t support Archie Parnell

    As an unaffliated voter, I was considering voting for Archie Parnell. Thank you for your informative articles on Archie’s past violence and physical abuse.
    While you quote him as describing his long-ago actions as “inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing,” he attempts to justify his behavior by his “response to actions I feel unnecessary to specify....”

  • Guest column: Come tell us more of your dreams for county library

    We asked and you responded. Over 1,110 responses poured in when we asked you to reflect on your “library of the future.”
    Roughly 45 percent of our survey respondents came from the city of Lancaster, 41 percent from the Indian Land/Fort Mill ZIP Code, and 14 percent scattered across the rest of the county.
    We asked you to tell us about your households. Forty-three percent responded that you live in a two-person household, 12 percent said you have three in your home, 31 percent have four or more members, and 14 percent live alone.

  • Candidate column: State must fix roads, bridges

    How many times do we have to see crumbling roads and bridges before we see action in Columbia?
    For decades, South Carolina has had roads that are in constant disrepair. It impacts economic development, public safety, tourism and our quality of life.
    We need a governor who will make transportation a priority. While career politicians will always cry for more money, that’s not the solution. That is an excuse. Our roads are failing because state government isn’t doing its job with the money it already has.

  • Candidate column: Democrats have chance to change course of state with this election

    When I was born, my father was a Presbyterian minister in the Upstate.
    A few years later, he took a new church and moved us all to Alabama. It was there, at a very young age, I learned the most important lesson of my life.
    As a man of God with a civic conscience, Dad believed he was called to be a voice for civil rights and human dignity. In the beginning, I didn’t know that he realized what it would cost him.

  • Column: It’s crazy to let tiny minority decide who’s on Nov. ballot

    Did you vote for a candidate for president in the 2016 general election – or against one? I voted against one, and I’m still bitter about it.
    Not about who won. Like most Americans, I wasn’t happy with the winner, but that’s not what left me bitter.
    What left me bitter is the fact that my only options were a President Donald Trump or a President Hillary Clinton.

  • Letter: 1st responders quick, helpful, caring folks

    This is an open letter of appreciation to the emergency medical technicians, city police officers and other first responders who came to my aid after I tripped over a utility cap and slammed my head onto the street while attending Lancaster’s Red Rose Festival May 19.
    Their response was almost instantaneous. They seated me in a chair and administered aid in a most efficient, professional and kind manner. When I declined their offer of an ambulance, an officer drove me and my brother in a golf cart to our parked car.

  • Column: 2 simple, cheap ways to protect students, teachers from shooters

    The recent mass shootings at schools in Santa Fe, Texas, Parkland, Fla., and Benton, Ky., have generated a great deal of conjecture about ways to protect students during these outrages.
    Many of the ideas were complex, costly and difficult to implement, and none have received universal acceptance. But there are two ways to protect the students and teachers that are both simple and economical.

  • Letter: Norman’s stance on nonprofits bad

    Ralph Norman has recently shown that his judgment as a representative of the people is questionable at best.
    His stunt of laying a firearm on the table of a restaurant is indicative of an irresponsible gun owner, placing everyone in that eatery at risk.
    Now Ralph has set his policy sights on defunding all nonprofits. In a recent Facebook post, he stated: “No private organization should be given taxpayer dollars to use.”