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Today's Opinions

  • Column: S.C. Supreme Court ruling allows money-laundering of tax dollars

    Money laundering had its origins with crime syndicates. Former SLED chief Robert Stewart said that one of the dangers of South Carolina’s legalization of video poker was that it provided a statewide network of money laundromats.

  • Letter: Youth Serve camp week in Kershaw this month

    The annual Youth Serve camp is coming up in Kershaw – an amazing week packed with learning, service opportunities and fun for teens and young-adult mentors.
    The camp helps participants develop skills that they can put to good use: physical, social and occupational skills, along with character education.
    The teens, ages 13 to 19, will learn construction skills by working under the leadership of volunteer contractors. In addition, they will learn the joy of serving their community and helping those less fortunate than themselves.

  • Letter: Government should inform the voters

    It is voting time, and I am frustrated! The voting turnout is very low in this state. Do you wonder why?
    I don’t even know who is running, until I see the ballot on the day I vote, unless I go to the Lancaster County elections office to obtain a ballot beforehand.

  • Column: Agonize, pray, repeat: School shooting routine never changes

    Relax, America. There is nothing to see here. This is who we are now.
    Sure, 10 more kids are dead at the hands of a schoolmate. But the news cycle will play out as it always does. Follow along in your program if you will.
    First will come the breathless news reports as reporters arrive on screen and snatch anyone who will be interviewed live on TV. They don’t even have to have witnessed anything. Second-hand information as well as rumor and innuendo are fine if they can speak somewhat coherently into the microphone.

  • Column: Momentum is building for June 16 prayer rally

    People across our community are getting excited as they prepare for one of the largest prayer gatherings ever to be held in Lancaster.
    “Unity and Synergy” is the theme of this year’s Lancaster Citywide Unity Prayer Rally, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, on the courthouse grounds downtown.
    More than 70 local churches, evangelistic ministries and businesses are involved thus far and are participating in various ways. Our mission is to seek God’s help for our city and its people.

  • Letter: County makes unfair decisions on treating dusty gravel roads

    Why is it that certain gravel roads get treated with dust suppressant and some don’t?
    Let me tell you. Some do because the residents either work for Lancaster County in some capacity or they are a sheriff’s deputy. This is unfair, and I think the people of Lancaster need to know.
    I’m a homeowner here in Lancaster County, and it’s a shame that my children and I cannot even enjoy the outside of our home because of this health hazard.

    Robbie Hardee
    Heath Springs

  • Letter: I can’t support Archie Parnell

    As an unaffliated voter, I was considering voting for Archie Parnell. Thank you for your informative articles on Archie’s past violence and physical abuse.
    While you quote him as describing his long-ago actions as “inexcusable, wrong and downright embarrassing,” he attempts to justify his behavior by his “response to actions I feel unnecessary to specify....”

  • Guest column: Come tell us more of your dreams for county library

    We asked and you responded. Over 1,110 responses poured in when we asked you to reflect on your “library of the future.”
    Roughly 45 percent of our survey respondents came from the city of Lancaster, 41 percent from the Indian Land/Fort Mill ZIP Code, and 14 percent scattered across the rest of the county.
    We asked you to tell us about your households. Forty-three percent responded that you live in a two-person household, 12 percent said you have three in your home, 31 percent have four or more members, and 14 percent live alone.