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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Vote for Parnell to protect Medicare and Social Security

    How many of you have a preexisting condition such as diabetes, heart problems or maybe cancer? How many of you depend on Medicaid, Medicare or Social Security? How many of you are realizing an increase in income due to the Republican tax cuts?  
    The Republicans tried and failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, which allows individuals with preexisting conditions to purchase health insurance at an affordable rate. I have yet to see their replacement plan, and our Republican governors have rejected billions of dollars in Medicaid.

  • Column: Gregory: Yes on recreation bond, education superintendent change

    I’d like to share my thoughts on a couple of ballot questions Lancaster voters are considering.
    First, Amendment 1 is a constitutional amendment put forward by the S.C. General Assembly. It asks if the S.C. Constitution should be changed in order to allow future governors to appoint the state superintendent of education, as is done in most states.

  • Candidate's Column: District 5’s Taylor asks for your vote

    To the voters of Lancaster City Council District 5:
    Friday’s Lancaster News contained an awesome write-up by reporter Mark Manicone about the Before You Vote Forum, and it stated the reason I did not attend this event.
    Several weeks ago I sent an RSVP to the chamber of commerce saying I would not be able to attend. I asked Lancaster News Editor Brian Melton if it was mentioned at the forum that I had responded to the invitation, and he said he did not hear it.

  • Letter: Back Neil Couch for school board

    I am a voter in school board District 5, and I support Neil Couch. Neil has the teaching experience, coaching experience and business experience to serve our county as a well-rounded school board member.
    Neil will bring a much-needed, fresh, young perspective to the school board. Please vote for him. He has the experience to make a real difference for all students in Lancaster County schools.

    Scottie Eargle
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Buskey is unknown quantity in House District 45 race

    With so many early voters, I really wonder if voters in District 45 know the issues each candidate is running on.
    Brandon Newton seems head and tails over Corin Buskey. He took the time to answer the newspaper’s background questionnaire, which tells us a lot about the candidates.
    We know nothing about Buskey, other than she’s worked 17 years in corporate America.
    Has she really tried to find out what District 45 wants? No one in our subdivision seems to know anything about her.

  • Letter: It’s our turn! Vote yes on rec bond

    Over the nearly three decades we have lived in Lancaster County, we have had the fortunate experiences of cheering on our three boys at soccer and baseball tournaments throughout South Carolina.
    Those tournaments will always be a part of our family’s memories. Wonderful, wholesome memories of kids playing a sport they loved and working as a team to accomplish a goal.

  • Letter: Lancaster greenway makes little sense

    I hate to be the only dissenting view on this recreation bond, but I don’t know what we need an environmental education center for.
    Most people are aware of pollution, their environment, and how they can be better patrons of those by being less – pardon the word – slobs.
    Do we need a center, costing who knows what, just to get out information that’s already out there? Just go to the web. You’ll find plenty on how you can do a better job, and how to protect our environment.

  • Letter: Recreation essential for healthy county

    According to the Trust for Public Land, “a 10-minute walk to a park is an important indicator of the livability of a community.” Recreation opportunities are an essential component that contributes to the physical and environmental health of a community.
    Many communities are seeing economic success in creating vibrant, active environments that promote healthy lifestyles. Recreation facilities and greenways increase tourism, enhance property values, and attract families and businesses to the region due to increased amenities.