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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: The faithful are not exempt from tragedy

    This is in response to Ronald Hopkins’ letter in Sunday’s paper about whether God protects only some of those who pray for protection.
    The Lord is real. It is faith that keeps you going through murders, accidents that leave you totally disabled, and the loss of your family members and friends. We all have a time to be born and a time to die.
    How arrogant we would be to say: “I believe in God, so nothing bad is ever going to happen to me or my family.”

  • Letter: MDA fundraiser no waste of money

    In response to Linda Headrick’s letter, “Reader mad about MDA fundraiser,” let me assure you that your hard-earned money did not go to waste. MDA is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.

  • Column: 10 reasons to vote for appointing the S.C. schools superintendent

    If you like having politicians run important state agencies instead of professionals who actually know what they’re doing, you should vote “no” on Constitutional Amendment 1 on Tuesday’s S.C. election ballots. Ditto if you think it makes sense that the governor has no more control over South Carolina’s most important duty than any one of the 124 House members.

  • Letter: Does God guard only some who ask for it?

    A person wrote in recently stating that luck had no part in Lancaster being spared the wrath of Tropical Storm Michael, but that it was God’s answer to prayers.
    But what about those people who were hit, some dying? I’m sure they prayed too. So is this person saying God helped some and said “too bad” to others? Or is he stating that the ones who suffered are sinners? What exactly is he stating?

  • Letter: Departing McCorkle salutes local schools

    During the past 12 years, it has been my good fortune to have served on the Lancaster County school board. I can honestly say that the members with whom I have served were and are totally dedicated to the well-being of the young people of Lancaster County.
    The accomplishments have been many – even though the circumstances under which we worked were, at times, difficult. The school administration, on all levels, has always offered sound solutions to problems and concerns that needed to be addressed. They deserve to be commended for their professionalism and efforts.

  • Our View: Let’s support the rec bond, create a better place to live

    If you’re like 78 percent of Lancaster County residents, you live in an owner-occupied dwelling, which probably means you have a mortgage or had one in the past.
    Borrowing to buy a home is a normal part of American life. Almost no one saves up for 30 years, then buys a house for cash. We would rather live in the house as we pay for it. Life is just more pleasant that way, for us and our families, and that’s one of the benefits of living in a country with a well-established system of borrowing for long-term needs.

  • 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.