Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the Editor: In marking July 4th, principles more important than partying

    As I write this, the Fourth of July is approaching and the parties are about to begin.
    Sadly, the masses often celebrate this near-sacred day with little or no thought of the principles this once-great nation was founded on. It seems most partiers conveniently forget the sacrifices of the multitudes that came before us, those who shed their blood to establish a special land where freedom and justice would be key, with certain inalienable rights for the citizens of our nation bound together by a common goal.

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks to anonymous giver who paid for my medication

    Through the years I have read many thank-you letters in The Lancaster News, never dreaming that I would be sending in one myself.
    The odd thing is that I do not know who I am thanking. This is because the very kind person or persons I am thanking wish to remain anonymous. I’m praying that the person or persons read The Lancaster News and will see my letter.

  • Letter to the Editor: Main Library to be closed during July for relocation

    Here’s a quick update on the changes happening at your Main Library as part of our expansion/renovation project.
    During the month of July, we are closed to public service, as we pack up nearly 50 years of memories. Some of our staff members remember coming here as little children, while others started working here when they were in high school, and are now grandmothers.  

  • Guest Column: Why your census participation is crucial for Lancaster County

    The 2020 U.S. census is nine months away, but I want to let all Lancastrians know why it is so important.
    The census is far more than just a head count of how many people we have living in the United States. It determines political power and where government funds are disbursed, and it provides important information for businesses looking at opening in our area.

  • Scott: Booming economy means great things for South Carolina

    I recently joined many others in Congress and our nation in celebrating National Small Business Week, during which we recognized the 30 million small businesses across the country.
    I couldn’t help but also reflect on the conditions that make it possible for these businesses to grow and thrive. It’s no secret our economy has been booming – and beating the experts’ forecasts yet again after two recent positive jobs reports.

  • Guest Column: Iconic flag of rebellion created by S.C. patriot

    July 4, 1780, was not a day of celebration in Charles Town, S.C.
    The British had just completed a two-month siege of the town and captured more than 2,000 American troops.
    Among the civilians captured were three of South Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence: Edward Rutledge, Arthur Middleton and Thomas Heywood.
    The fourth signee, Thomas Lynch Jr., had died a year earlier.

  • A citizen’s guide to state FOIA protections

    South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) makes records and meetings of public bodies open and available to citizens and their representatives in the press.
    This openness is important because it allows the public to learn about the performance of public officials and the expenditure of public funds.

  • Guest Column: An osprey's view of the coast

    My family and I spent a week at the beach last month. We had a great time and did things tourists do.
    We hit seafood places and tourist traps. You know, places where folks buy overpriced T shirts, coffee mugs, trinkets, and sunshades. Get yourself a pair of cheap sunglasses, as the song goes.
    Instead of parasailing over breakers, four of us took an airboat ride, something I’ve wanted to do since childhood. Back in the days of grainy black-and-white TV, I watched a show where men skimmed over swamps in airboats.