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Today's Opinions

  • Staff Column: Let’s count all the needs a well-used library meets

    I am a huge fan of Steven King. I’ve read everything he’s written that I could get my hands on and always have been satisfied at the end.
    Most recently, I read “Sleeping Beauties,” which he wrote with one of his sons. I was lucky enough to pluck it from the new arrivals shelf at our local library. The Kings crafted a compelling story about worlds of only women or only men, a crazy what-if that made me laugh and cry at the same time. The only drawback to this incredible book is its equally incredible length.

  • Column: Pets and fireworks are not a good mix

    With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks.
    With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.
    Phantom Fireworks asks that you please be mindful of the following tips:
    ◆ Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

  • Column: Despite Parnell’s long-ago wrong, Norman is bigger threat to women

    I struggled with my decision to vote for Archie Parnell as the Democratic candidate in the 5th Congressional District.
    The revelation of his domestic violence incident was a surprise, and I had to rethink all that I knew about Mr. Parnell. I reviewed information on the other candidates and concluded that Mr. Parnell was still the best candidate and had the best chance to beat Republican incumbent Ralph Norman in the November election.  

  • Letter: Honeycutt: Here’s how to stop Encore littering

    Residents in my district are tired of getting The Charlotte Observer Encore publication – a page of news wrapped around a bunch of advertising circulars – dumped on their yard or driveway.
    This results in unwanted litter, which residents in District Four and other county districts do not want.
    County council tried to have this stopped, but while it litters yards in our community, it is constitutionally protected. However, there are steps you can take as an individual if you want to stop this delivery to your home.

  • Editor's Column: Butch Flynn’s political self-destruction

    This newspaper hasn’t endorsed a candidate in Lancaster’s July 10 mayoral election, but I’m dis-endorsing one today – Butch Flynn.
    Mr. Flynn chose not to appear with the other four candidates Monday to answer questions in the campaign’s single public mayoral forum. He had not returned our phone calls since the news broke that he had been arrested May 1 for disobeying a court order in a family court case.

  • Commentary: House budget creates data warehouse on S.C. residents

    A little-known proviso in the House budget would create a statewide personal information data warehouse. The proviso’s language is vague, the permissions are sweeping, and the accountability mechanisms are completely absent.
    This proviso (117.155) is currently in conference committee – and unless it is taken out in the committee, this all-encompassing data warehouse will be created.

  • Column: Threats to our constitutional republic are being ignored

    When I think back
    On all the crap I learned in high school,
    It’s a wonder
    I can think at all.
    And though my lack of education
    Hasn’t hurt me none,
    I can read the writing on the wall.
    – “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon

    All the people could see the writing on the wall at King Nebuchadnezzar’s party, but only Daniel could tell what it meant.

  • Commentary: Rep. Sanford ‘wasn’t Trump enough in the age of Trump’

    Editor’s note: Rep. Mark Sanford lost in last week’s Republican primary for his congressional seat after President Trump denounced him on Twitter as voters were going to the polls. Sanford was interviewed Sunday by moderator Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Here are excerpts of their discussion.