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Today's Opinions

  • More than 1,000 people at Democratic weekend

    The Lancaster County Democratic Party officers, delegates and guests attended the 2013 S.C. Democratic weekend in Columbia.
    One thousand guests attended the Jefferson/Jackson Dinner on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4. Vice President Joe Biden was the keynote speaker.
    The vice president paid tribute to South Carolina veteran leaders, Rep. John Spratt, Sen. Fritz Hollings and Secretary of Education Dick Riley. He talked about Congressman James Clyburn’s 20 years of public service and his dedication to the people in his district and the state of South Carolina.

  • Input from home important

    I know I should probably write about the current multiple scandals in Washington. And with the investigations into the Benghazi terrorist attacks, the revelation of the Department of Justice pulling the Associated Press’ phone records and the outrageous political vendetta being revealed at the IRS, there would certainly be no shortage of material.
    That said, I recently read a commentary on those scandals – and the way they are being pursued – that actually bothers me as much as the misdeeds themselves.

  • They died before their time

    More than likely, people of my generation who have tried to contact service buddies years later have been told by someone on the other end of the line that the person has died.
    Graciously, the person may also have told you that the buddy contracted some unusual disease or described some other circumstance that contributed to the buddy’s early death.
    There wasn’t a green sedan with two immaculately dressed service members who walked to the door, tapped lightly and then, in a solemn, dignified manner, gave regrets to the heart-throbbing loved ones.

  • Half-staff flags reflect true cost of freedom

    Occasionally The Lancaster News receives an email from Gov. Nikki Haley’s office announcing that flags across the state will be flown at half-staff on a certain day.
    Often the reason is because a South Carolina soldier has been killed in action, usually in Iraq or Afghanistan. We post those announcements on our website.
    Those half-staff flags are reminders of why we observe Memorial Day. It is so easy to get caught up in the celebration of the holiday with picnics, cookouts and get-togethers that we forget just why there is a Memorial Day.

  • Governments should embrace transparency

    If you’ve ever wondered how your city or town council spends your hard-earned tax dollars, there’s a powerful tool that’s available at your fingertips.
    Using this tool, you could quickly and easily see which vendors your city or town does business with, along with amounts they’re being paid, what they’re providing and other important details.
    Residents of at least a dozen South Carolina counties, and an even higher number of municipalities in the state, already benefit from this service.

  • Put a legislator on nonprofit board if you want state money

    In 2011, S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman was among a group of state and local officials, including Gov. Nikki Haley, who attended the 49th International Paris Air Show.
    The $3,544 bill for the Florence County Republican’s trip, according to his state income-disclosure form, was covered by the North Eastern Strategic Alliance (NESA), a regional economic-development organization serving a nine-county area in the state’s northeast corner, including Florence County.

  • Renaissance for Olde Presbyterian Church

    Editor’s note: Every month, the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation will bring progress updates and interesting stories about the restoration of the Olde Presbyterian Church, now Lancaster’s Cultural Arts Center. Our introduction takes a look through the eyes of Lindsay Pettus, Society Board chair and well-known local historian.

  • Does fiction imitate life in play and newspaper?

    In the May 10 edition of The Lancaster News, there was a story about a man being arrested for attempted murder one day after another man reported he was attacked with a knife. Officers also charged a man with attempted murder and malicious injury to property.
    This type of reporting comes from the necessity to cover local news. It seems there is no end to these incidents, story after story, month after month, rain or shine.