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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Organ donation creates life-saving heroes

    Organ donation saves lives and families. Last month, 115,000 men, women and children were on the national transplant waiting list.
    More than 33,600 transplants were performed in 2016 (2,853 so far in 2018). And every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list.
    Although 95 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, only 54 percent have signed up as donors. The reality is that 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant, according to organdonor.gov.

  • Candidate Column: I have the education, experience to be county’s next probate judge

    My name is Dee Studebaker. I have been Lancaster County’s associate probate judge for almost two years. I immediately filed to run for probate judge when filing opened at noon March 16 because I am serious about gaining your trust.
    I have the skills, education and experience necessary to serve you as probate judge, and I feel called to public service.  I’ve had the privilege over the past two years to assist and observe the court’s operations while earning the trust and confidence of other personnel and citizens.    

  • Column: Here's how House voted to distribute tax revenues

    The S.C. House last week passed its $8.2 billion version of the state’s general fund budget, sending it to the Senate.
    Our state’s economy is booming, with low unemployment, continued business growth and a thriving tourism industry, so South Carolina brought in $326 million more than it did the year before in recurring dollars that can be used on yearly expenses.
    Here’s a look at what the House did:

    Required expenditures

  • Letter: Need more stories like Braille champs

    Thank you! The front-page photo and the article about the teacher and the three winners at the S.C. Braille Challenge from Buford Elementary School was such a great story.
    It is a welcome change from the usual “horror” stories in papers every day. It’s a cheerful, upbeat and really inspiring story.
    Congratulations to the children and their caring teacher and their parents.

  • Column: ‘Home’ – with its allure, baggage – is a distant place we cannot return

    I waxed nostalgic for the “good old days” after reading Professor Emerita Dianne T. Evans’ guest column in the March 9 paper.
    I grew up in the late 1940s and the decade of the ’50s, but my experiences occurred more than 600 miles north of Lancaster County. I too remember a time when we prayed to God for guidance, saluted our flag, were taught American history and respected our elders.
    Everyone respected authority, almost everyone.

  • Column: Mass killings show need for transparency in government

    Less than a week after the massacre at Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., 16 news outlets and organizations filed a motion with the court overseeing the prosecution of the shooter, arguing that hearings and records in the case should be open to the public.

  • Letter: Walmart trekkers need bench to rest

    What happened to the benches at Walmart? As Ronnie and I shopped there yesterday, we had to park a long way from the entrance.
    After walking that far, Ronnie has to sit down. After a stroke and heart attack, you have to sit down after walking.
    But the bench has been moved. They have a place at the pharmacy and nowhere else.

  • Column: Foolish stupidity! Do NOT transmit your nude photos!

    I would like to make two points in regard to the news article in the March 16 paper entitled “Rep. Norrell: Make ‘revenge porn’ illegal.”
    Point one: Foolishness. As Mark Manicone reported in his article: “According to the Data and Society Research Institute, one in every 25 Americans have been affected by revenge porn and one in 10 young women have been threatened with the public posting of explicit images.”