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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Few road projects completed in first 20 months of gas-tax-hike law

    Less than 4 percent of the nearly $1 billion in road and bridge projects in South Carolina identified by the state Department of Transportation was completed in the first 20 months of the gas-tax-hike law, newly released DOT records show.
    Lawmakers promised that the law, which raised the gas tax 12 cents per gallon over six years, and increased other vehicle taxes and fees, would go toward fixing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges where their constituents live and work.

  • Column: Baseball has the magic to refine us through sportsmanship, hard work

    Good sportsmanship is a virtue. Like most virtues, it requires a certain amount of self-restraint.
    A good sport forgoes instant gratification for that which is more lasting. A good sport sacrifices personal glory for that which sustains the team. Perhaps more important, good sportsmanship requires grace. Grace enough to bear defeat without complaining and to enjoy victory without boasting.
    Fans have lived through March Madness, and the national championship in football has been won. And now baseball, the great national pastime, is in full swing.

  • Letter: Good to see historic renovations in VW

    Emily Pollok’s article regarding the restoration of three old homes in Van Wyck by Karen Andrade was so inspiring, to see there is someone with a vision for historic properties.
    I look at Indian Land and there is no longer a sense of the town’s history. It’s been destroyed by apartments, mass housing, gas stations, many businesses a few feet off the road, more traffic with no vision of a needed road system. All thanks to unqualified people approving/making poor decisions.

  • Letter: I trust majority vote over electoral college

    I am writing concerning the letter to the editor in the April 3 paper by Ronald Hopkins, headlined “Electoral college is more vital than ever.”
    I beg to disagree with Mr. Hopkins. Because of the electoral college, Donald Trump is in office now. The founding fathers were afraid of direct election to the presidency. They feared a tyrant could manipulate public opinion and come to power, Hamilton wrote in the Federalist Papers.
    Well, so be it. This is what happened with Trump.

  • Column: S.C. producing many excellent political leaders

    What a wonderful time to be a South Carolinian. I wanted to take this opportunity to thank our representatives and point out the amazing jobs they are doing.
    There are people in this country who look down on those of us who live in the South, and South Carolina is often included. However, when you see the quality of representatives we send to Washington and Columbia, I believe that clearly demonstrates the type of citizens we are and the expectations we have for those who represent us.

  • Letter: City not maintaining Buckelew Park well

    Buckelew Park until recently has always been cleaned by the Lancaster County Parks and Recreational Department. Now the city of Lancaster has signed a contract to keep up the park area while the county keeps up the ball fields.
    I called the Solid Waste Department in January and was told the county takes care of that. I called the county three or four times and finally contacted the county administrator. I was contacted that day and told as mentioned above.

  • Letter: Let’s create kinder community, nation

    I am writing just to say how much I have appreciated my subscription to The Lancaster News.
    I also want to say how much I appreciated Taylor Faile’s April 5 letter asking people to stop bashing each other. Reach out to each other with an act unexpected act of kindness, like holding a door, giving up a place in line, or offering to pay for a stranger’s hamburger.
    With just even small acts, we can create a kinder community, and hopefully, a kinder nation. 

    Martha S. Robinson
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Green New Deal is just ridiculous

    The Green New Deal promoted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, is ridiculous. Her initials should stand for Another Outrageous Comment.