.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • Column: Democrats’ shift puts party in right place moving ahead

    I recently received an email from a lifelong Democrat, county council member Larry Honeycutt. He expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the current state of political affairs and stated he could no longer identify as a Democrat due to what he perceived as a shift “to the left.”
    While I share his concern for the political dysfunction of the last eight years, I have to question where he is placing the blame.

  • Letter: Loved spring welcome from Dianne Evans

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading last Wednesday’s featured column of Mrs. Dianne Evans. It was a well-written piece that contained much truth.
    Thank you, Mrs. Evans, for welcoming spring in such a fitting manner.
    I’ve always enjoyed reading pieces from my former professor. This one was extra special!

    Neil Couch
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Thanks, TLN staff, for exposing truth

    We rely on and expect our local newspapers and news stations to report the truth. And we should be offended when someone tries to control the content of truth.
    The incident whereby Eddie Moore, mayor of Heath Springs, who was reported as being a pastor for a good part of his life, trying to influence what should or should not be reported leaves a bad taste in my mouth. As it should in yours.
    I would like to thank Brian Melton and his staff, once again, for reporting and exposing the truth.

    Patricia J. Frantz
    Lancaster

  • Commentary: Deal could give Panthers large tax breaks while creating no jobs

    Two weeks ago, S.C. lawmakers introduced legislation in both the House and the Senate to extend tax favors to the Carolina Panthers in an attempt to lure the NFL team to relocate its practice facility and headquarters (not its stadium) to South Carolina.
    Both bills were being fast-tracked through committee this past week.
    The identical bills contain three incentives.
    First, the legislation would amend the jobs tax credit law to make the Panthers eligible to receive the credit.

  • Editor's column: Mayors don’t get to control which stories reporters write

    Eddie Moore, who until recently had always struck me as an even-keeled sort of guy, asked a TLN reporter to step outside before the Heath Springs Town Council meeting March 14.
    “I don’t want to have any more negative press about Heath Springs in The Lancaster News,” he told her calmly. “Mayor Taylor didn’t like that, and I don’t either.”

  • Column: More details from House’s budget plan

    As a follow-up to my March 8 column on the state budget, I’d like to share other noteworthy previsions in the House budget. These go along with the largest teacher pay raise since 1984, taking S.C. schoolteachers above the Southeastern average, and delivering a tax rebate to give the state’s taxpayers some of their money back from the budget surplus.
    One of the core responsibilities of the House of Representatives is to pass a state budget, which is exactly what was done this past week as the state’s budget moved through the House.

  • Column: AmeriCorps program helping our students with ‘near-peer’ advisers

    Let me tell you about an exciting initiative that I’m privileged to be a part of at my alma mater, Lancaster High School.
    It’s an AmeriCorps program. Created as part of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, AmeriCorps helps individuals give back to their communities in service positions across the United States.

  • Column: Spring arrives, and we bustle to clear away winter’s daze

    Spring comes – like a beautiful woman making promises – and we follow. Aroused by her loveliness, we hastily try to make our premises more suitable for her visit.
    We wash the greyness of winter off the windows, inviting her warmth into our homes. The dusty bookshelves, the soiled carpet, the cluttered closets, the unkempt lawns – all must be cleaned for our bright young guest. We feel rejuvenated by her fragrance, her newness, her vitality. Even the winter flab, which has been obscured beneath bulky sweaters, will be trimmed in her honor.