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Today's Opinions

  • Column: MUSC brings Lancaster its track record of excellence

    What an exciting week we just had at both MUSC Health Lancaster Medical Center and MUSC Health Chester Medical Center.
    It is an honor and a privilege that our communities are able to join this prestigious health-care organization, MUSC Health.
    MUSC Health is the No. 1 hospital system in South Carolina, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Its education, research and evidence-based care are nationally and internationally recognized.

  • Letter: Parents, teachers must counsel kids on e-cigs

    In her column about vaping in the Feb. 27 paper, Becca Davis made some very good arguments, but she left out one critical aspect of the debate over e-cigarettes – the role played by parents, teachers and other responsible adults.
    Use of e-cigarettes by minors not only causes physical harm, but mental and emotional damage to them as well. I can’t help but think that these behavioral changes have escaped the eyes of parents and teachers, as well as any drug paraphernalia that they carry with them and use for their habits.

  • Column: Voting by mail would save time, money

    After deciding to vote early in last year’s election, my wife and I stood in line for more than three hours at a Charleston shopping center early-voting facility. The first hour was spent huddling in line under an umbrella to ward off the rain.

  • Column: Limit teens’ access to e-cigs

    Vaping. How bad is it?
    The creation of electronic cigarettes quickly captured the hearts and minds of young impressionable teens. But what exactly are electronic cigarettes, and how are they used?
    E-cigs were created for adults who desire to stop smoking but not quit cold turkey. E-cigs are battery-operated and fueled by pods, which contain a mix of nicotine and other chemicals. Each pod is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, and many teens go through a pod or two a day.

  • Column: Why I support the president’s declaration of emergency on the border

    Any American who has turned on their TV or glanced at a newspaper over the past few weeks knows that border security and maintaining our national sovereignty have been at the top of the news.
    This debate has raged on for years, for decades even. But as the matter at hand has become a crisis, the actions we take now are more important than ever.

  • Letter: Jimmy Brown a man of his word

    I enjoyed Sunday’s Lancaster News article about Jimmy Brown, the county’s first black deputy, in celebration of Black History Month.
    Jimmy did a lot for me and my late wife. When he closed his restaurant, he sent all the food that was left to me and my wife. Sometimes at Thanksgiving I would ask him if I could get two plates until payday, and he would always let me have them.

  • 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.

  • Column: Little research to say if e-cigarettes are safe

    A question that has come up recently regarding American healthcare is whether e-cigarettes should be available for teenagers.
    A majority of middle school and high school students have access to these devices, and there has been an increase in the use of them over recent years. With a wide range of different types of e-cigarettes, scientists know little about these devices, which have only existed for about 15 years.