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Today's Opinions

  • A witness to history

    Seeing the president of the United States in person made everything about my trip to the nation’s capital worthwhile.

    Since I chose not to attend the inauguration in 2009, I made it a point to be there this time for the public swearing-in ceremony of our country’s commander-in-chief.

    Even though it’s now been several weeks since the inauguration, I still speak with energy and excitement about my action-filled weekend in and around Washington, D.C.

    Arriving in the ‘DMV’

  • Military-based communities need our support

    You probably haven’t heard much about it, but there’s an economic threat to South Carolina lurking on the horizon beyond the latest crises in Washington over the fiscal cliff and the federal debt.
    While this threat to our state hasn’t received much attention or publicity, it’s a threatened round of widespread military base closings throughout the nation.
    Military officials and other knowledgeable sources believe it’s likely to happen in the near future, possibly as soon as 2015.

  • Home and community based services provide valuable help

    Imagine doing everything by the book your entire life – working hard, making an honest living, providing for your family’s needs and planning responsibly for your retirement.
    This is a story I heard over and over again from numerous seniors while touring the state over the last few months. But oftentimes, what some of these seniors hadn’t prepared for was the unexpected – a sudden illness that claimed their independence and robbed them of their savings.

  • Spay/neuter clinic will save money, pets’ lives

    Recently, I was talking to Joel Hinson, director of Lancaster County Animal Control. Hinson said the time is near when the animal shelter’s needs become even more critical.
    Hinson said when children are out of school and bored, their minds turn to having pets, not realizing how much of a responsibility it is to own take care of a pet.

  • Let’s keep our children safe

    Every school day, my daughter and I stand in the dark near the end of the driveway and watch her bus come to a stop on the opposite side of the road. We use the side of the circular driveway closest to the top of the hill to ensure cars coming up that hill can see the flashing lights on the bus (they can – I’ve stood over there to check). And, always, we look very carefully and wait very patiently for traffic to stop so we can cross the road.

  • ‘Bigger the better’ attitude has taken over

    I read Matthew Taylor’s column calling for a calm, healthy debate on gun control in the Jan. 30, 2013 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Weapons of war have no place on gun racks mounted on the back window of a pick-up or anywhere else for that matter.  Reminds me of the words on a huge Lancaster towing machine (aka wrecker) some years ago. “Don’t call a horse when a pony will do.” In other words, you don’t need a machine gun for rabbit hunting.

  • S.C. 160 widening cuts through family land

    The proposed widening of S.C. 160 is much needed in Lancaster and York counties. We here in northern Indian Land are well aware of the traffic problems facing us every day. In fact, they only seem to be increasing. The new Indian Land school, to be built on Harrisburg Road, will only increase congestion and delays.
    During the citizen comments part of the S.C. Department of Transportation public hearing Jan. 29, we heard about the need for more lighting, a traffic light and something about landscaping that I still don’t quite understand.

  • Buffet has right idea to fix Congress

    I am almost 19 years old and I voted for the first time in the the 2012 General Election.
    As a U.S. citizen, I feel we should all take advantage of this privilege.
    In the 2010-2011 school year, I had the privilege to be in AP U.S. History taught by Miss Kitty Outen. She preached on how important it is for everyone to vote whether you are 18 or 70 years of age.
    In my opinion if you didn’t vote, you should not be able to continue to talk negative about the political system. People should speak up and make a difference.