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Today's Opinions

  • S.C. Medicaid expansion: Consequences and costs

    The S.C. General Assembly will soon take up the question of whether to expand Medicaid eligibility – and, like so many things in the world of government and politics, what sounds like a great idea is actually a terrible one.

  • Community makes project a success for area seniors

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the churches that donated Christmas gifts to the Shoebox for Seniors project in December 2012. This is a project sponsored by the Lancaster County Council on Aging. Donations were made by the following churches, Beaver Creek Presbyterian, Church of the Good Shepherd Senior Group-Happy Hearts, Covenant Baptist, Eastside Baptist, First Baptist, Hopewell Methodist, Springhill Baptist and Zion Methodist.
    Thanks again to all the caring people who made this a beautiful Christmas for a lot of senior citizens.

  • Writer applauds Mulvaney for his stance

    I would like to respond to Shirley Bickford’s recent letter about compromise. Compromise means both sides giving up some things and getting some things. I keep up with the goings-on in Washington and it looks to me like President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Congress want Republicans to roll over and play dead so they can continue spending us in oblivion.

  • Eckstrom column: Payroll tax hike symptom of runaway federal spending

    Most of us will be seeing our 2013 paychecks shrink. But don’t blame the boss. Your take-home pay is shrinking because of a federal tax hike on your earnings.
    It’s a hike in Social Security taxes that was part of a recent late-night fix in Washington supposedly to protect us from plunging off the “fiscal cliff.” People shouldn’t feel much protected by Washington’s “fix” to raise taxes on the wealthy.

  • Lage letter: We must deal with our destruction of morals

    This letter is in response to Mathew Taylor’s column, “Letter to my congressman,” in the Jan. 2 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Why he was given such a big platform, I don’t know. But clearly this letter is a far left view of the cause of the tragedy in Connecticut.
    Blame the guns. Never hold a person responsible for his or her actions is the liberals’ way.
    A weapon could sit on a table and never hurt a human until a human touches it. All your suggestions would not have prevented this from happening.

  • Bledsoe letter: Second inauguration wasteful

    I voted for President Barack Obama twice. I saw nothing wasteful about his first inauguration. Quite frankly, I truly believe all minorities and citizens who voted for him deserved the pomp and ceremony that was the first inauguration. The United States’ people, as a whole, should have come together at that moment in our history.
    However, this second inauguration and the degree of monetary wastefulness has gone way too far, considering the dire economic situation status of our country.

  • Why I voted against the fiscal cliff deal

    Recently, Congress approved the so-called “fiscal cliff” agreement. I voted against the final version of the deal. The reason is pretty simple: the agreement raised spending.
    Again. Indeed, its passage seems to reaffirm a disturbing truth about today’s Washington: compromises always lead to more spending, more debt, and too often, more taxes.
    Last week we added $330 billion to the national debt with new spending programs. At best, we have no plan for ever repaying that money; at worst, we have no intention to ever pay it back.

  • Column ‘complete distortion of reality’

    You recently published a guest column, “What’s next? Taxing the sun?,” by Franklin Whittlesey Sr. in the Jan. 6 edition of The Lancaster News. That column is a complete misstatement of facts and a total distortion of reality.
    You should be embarrassed to publish anything so patently, religiously biased and beyond the pale with respect to what we should be doing to protect our world so that our children and their children will not be living in a nightmarish environment.