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Today's Opinions

  • Guest Column: County’s GOP switch a sign of good times

    I want to thank William St. Louis for taking the time to share his views in The Lancaster News, as well as recognizing my efforts to help Republicans build a majority in Lancaster County.
    Usually being a political party chair is a thankless and invisible role where one is seldom noticed, much less recognized in the public spotlight. In reality, though, let’s give credit where credit is due.

  • Guest Column: Democrats in glass houses should not throw stones

    In his recent column, William St. Louis makes the astounding assertion that the Republican Party is “owned” by the National Rifle Association.
    According to the Center for Responsive Politics (www.opensecrets.org), in the 2016 election cycle, the NRA spent $54.4 million in support of and in opposition to various candidates for federal office. The expenditures for all federal campaigns totaled $6.8 billion, so the NRA accounted for 0.8 percent of that total.

  • Guest Column: I have arrived, just not in Beaufort

    Between 1980, when I became counsel to the S.C. Press Association, and today, I have given more seminars and participated in panel discussions regarding our state’s laws on open meetings and open records than I have kept count of.

  • Guest Column: Buford Massacre’s impact on the Revolutionary War

    Editor’s note: Dakota Hegler, incoming cadet captain of Buford High’s JROTC and a rising senior, won the annual Emily Franklin Scholarship sponsored by the Friends of Buford Massacre Battleground for this essay, which he read May 25 during the 239th commemoration of Buford’s Massacre. Hegler, 17, is the son of Ray and Angie Hegler.

    All of the events that took place in the Revolutionary War have their own important place in history. They shaped the United States into what it is today.

  • Guest Column: Remembering D-Day, 75 years later

    It was mid-morning June 5 when I received a telephone call from a young adult whom I know quite well. The caller asked, “What are you doing?”      
    I replied, “I am reading about D-Day.”
    “What is D-Day?” my caller asked.

  • Commentary: Scott praises D-Day assault forces, honors those they freed from Nazis

    Editor’s note: Sen. Scott hosted a D-Day commemoration this week at the U.S. Capitol along with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and Sens. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas). Here are excerpts of his remarks.

    Seventy-five years ago this week, soldiers from across this great nation, as well as England and Canada, descended on beaches in Normandy.

  • Letter: Blame Obama for Iran tensions

    Tension is building around the world over Iran’s nuclear program. Who gets the blame? The United States and President Trump. 
    Who should get the blame? Barack Obama. He could taste a deal with Iran as his term ended. This would make his legacy! So hungry for a deal with Iran, he could see the prize. Yet his deal was a bad one.

  • Letter: How litter kills birds of prey

    Litter kills birds. Yes, if you see an owl, a hawk or another type of dead or injured bird of prey on the roadside, that’s likely the result of litter.
    When food, including apple cores and banana peels (which some people don’t consider litter), is tossed from vehicles, it attracts rodents that these magnificent birds feed upon. When they home in on this prey, they often ignore vehicles and are killed or injured in collisions.
    So all litter – even what you may consider compostable or natural – is destructive.