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Today's Opinions

  • Scammers targeting seniors

    Every year, our office receives numerous requests from seniors who are concerned about a suspicious caller, unusual activity, or a bogus offer. In fact, earlier this year, a caller reportedly paid a contactor more than $100,000 to build a house. The contractor finished the foundation and framed the structure, but never completed any other work. The senior called the Office on Aging for help, which intervened to advocate on the senior’s behalf through legal assistance to settle the case in full.

  • Tax holiday allows odd mix of ‘back-to-school’ items

    By now you’ve no doubt heard of South Carolina’s annual back-to-school tradition called the Sales Tax Holiday.
    Now in its 13th year, the first weekend in August event has become the time for savings-conscientious parents to stock up on all their children’s back-to-school needs from crayons to corsets.
    Locally, the sales-and-use tax holiday means a savings of 8 cents per dollar ... Wait a minute. Corsets?
    Yes, corsets. You didn’t read that wrong. Garter belts and garters, too. And corset laces.

  • Obama should stop insulting entrepreneurs

    President Barack Obama recently said the hard-working, risk-taking and self-sacrificing entrepreneur is not responsible for their own success, but that he or she owes their success to the government. Aside from being insulting, it actually is exactly opposite of the truth.
    The hard-working, risk-taking and self-sacrificing entrepreneur is responsible not only for his or her own success, but also anything and everything that the government manages to do right, which often is not much.

  • We’re headed for worse disaster under Democrats

    As I read the front page story about the jobless rate on the front page of the July 29 edition of The Lancaster News, it made me think about the recent McClatchy newspaper survey regarding job losses.
    It shows that Democrats have had a 62 percent higher job loss than Republicans under Obama. So much for Democrats helping the middle class and minorities.

  • Williams cycles 545 miles in fundraiser

    Arvan Williams, a 1981 graduate of Andrew Jackson High School, completed his first AIDS/Life Cycle Ride.
    The fundraiser was held June 3-9 to bring awareness and assist those infected or affected by the disease.
    Along with 2,200 other cyclists representing 44 states and 16 countries, Williams cycled 545 miles, beginning in San Francisco and ending in Los Angeles, Calif.

  • Thompson deserves top deputy honor

    Fred Thompson thought Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile was kidding him, but as it turned out, Thompson had plenty to smile about.
    Thompson, a sheriff’s office investigator, was recently presented the S.C. Deputy of the Year award by the S.C. Sheriff’s Association at the association’s annual convention in Hilton Head.
    “When I heard, I thought the sheriff was just teasing me,” Thompson said. “It took awhile to let it sink in.”

  • Accurate info on Obamacare will keep wolf packs at bay

    Roger Renfro’s recent article, “Roberts is reincarnate version of activist justices Berger and Warren,” is his opinion of the recent Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA or Obamacare) and in particular, Chief Justice Roberts.
    Since I am not a constitutional lawyer, nor a pundit, I will not comment on the merits of his opinion. I do wonder whether he has the credentials to comment as a constitutional expert or, for that matter, a member of the pundito-cracy.

  • Lewis leaves legacy on, off courts and fields

    William C. “Pap” Lewis devoted 46 years of his life to education.
    Countless lives were impacted through Lewis’ coaching and teaching at S.C. high schools.
    To devote that many years had to be a labor of love for Lewis.
    Coach Lewis had his share of successes, winning state titles – team and individual crowns – at every high school where he worked. Those include Wilson High of Florence, Booker T. Washington in Columbia, as well as Barr Street and Lancaster high schools here.