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Today's Opinions

  • Are we prepared for terrorist event?

    Like their fellow Americans across the country, South Carolinians were horrified at the recent Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people and injured dozens of others.
    Here at home, our heartfelt prayers went out to the victims and their families as a difficult question hangs over our state. It’s a question none of us wants to imagine, but we must: What if it happened here?

  • Bill: Business as usual or is it real reform?

    Several weeks ago we joined with other South Carolina groups to expose an effort by House leaders to sabotage ethics reform and evade disclosure and independent scrutiny.
    House leaders’ plan to decriminalize ethics violations and force citizen activists to become lobbyists was outrageous, and a diverse coalition of citizen groups jointly and publicly denounced it.

  • S.C. and digital learning: The good, bad and ugly

    Anyone who has followed our columns knows that I am a huge believer in the power of technology to transform education and enable “leapfrog” progress for our children.
    And unless you have been living under a rock, don’t read newspapers, watch TV or think about what’s happening in the world, one thing is abundantly clear to all – technology is as vital to education in the 21st century as books and chalk boards were in the 19th and 20th centuries.

  • Gosnell is the epitome of evil

    When life becomes as cheap as everything else what we end up with is Dr. Kermit Gosnell. On Monday, the Philadelphia abortion doctor was found guilty on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter.
    A more depraved, vicious, fiendish person you’d have a hard time finding. Gosnell was originally charged with severing the spinal cords of a at least seven babies, who were born alive after his botched abortions.

  • Let’s put an end to violence

    Editor’s note: Following is a letter Lancaster resident Randolph English sent to President Barack Obama.
    We are members of a small united group of concerned citizens voicing our hopes to you. We are writing about the high rate of homicides in the United State connected to gun violence. We are asking that the members of the cabinets come together in an agreement in implementing a law to control this situation. We are not sure of the legal steps that need to be followed.

  • Thank all of our law officers

    My dad was killed in the line of duty as a city police officer. I was 5 years old and I know what it’s like to grow up without my dad. So, please honor and thank all law officers. They never know when they walk out the door if they will see their families again. They serve to protect us. God bless them all.

    Reba Sowell Hallman Daughter of
    B. Frank Sowell,
    City police officer
    Killed on July 4, 1937

  • Nullification is needed now more than ever before

    This column is in response to Phil Noble’s column, “Nullification – are these guys nuts?” in the April 5 issue of The Lancaster News.
    Null and void, annulment, cancellation, repeal, eradication and do away with are some of the words and terms that explain what nullification means. Nowhere can I find that the word nullification means “nuts.”
    But what kind of nuts are you thinking of? Do you mean tree nuts like walnuts? Or the slang symbolism metaphor describing a person who is handicapped with a mental condition?

  • Board grateful for support

    On behalf of Lancaster County Partners for Youth board of directors I would like to extend a huge thank you for everyone in the community who was involved with the 22nd Annual Crenshaw Oil Golf Tournament benefiting our Lancaster County Partners for Youth’s scholarship program.
    I especially want to thank Hal Crenshaw, Jessica Lawson, Carlean Taylor and all the other Crenshaw Oil employees who worked so hard in making this tournament our best yet.