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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Why James Smith is one of my favorite candidates for governor

    I wish I could remember the moment, like I can so vividly with Henry McMaster, when I first became impressed by James Smith. I can’t.
    I don’t have a store of great stories about him. I can’t even recall the first time I met him.

  • Column: Let’s shed tribal labels, all live our best values

    I am responding the Aug. 24 guest column by Chandler Norville headlined “I fear that young conservatives will get lost in a sea of liberals.”  
    As an American, I resent labels that do nothing more than divide and keep us from listening to each other. The Democrats I know are great proponents of fact-based policies.
    Mr. Norville might be surprised to learn that my beliefs include liberal, moderate and even some conservative ideas. I do not have anything against conservative values well-lived, nor do I wish to take these values from anyone.

  • Publisher's Column: Publishers exhale as federal agency rejects unjustified newsprint tariffs

    There was great relief and much celebrating at newspapers across the country Wednesday when the International Trade Commission voted unanimously not to impose permanent tariffs on the North American newsprint supply.
    The paper markets serving community newspapers nationwide can soon begin to move back to market pricing without the heavy hand of government imposing taxes on the primary suppliers of newsprint.

  • Column: Criticism of FDR, characterizing of Democrats’ positions off base

    I appreciate Chandler Norville’s Aug. 24 response to my previous column and, while I don’t think he needs to fear being “lost in a sea of young liberals,” I do believe he needs to research a few things and cite his sources.

  • Column: Complicated, dragged-out process for filling PSC seat

    An incumbent state Public Service Commission member, a past commissioner and an ex-PSC attorney are among six candidates who have applied for a PSC seat in a “do-over” election imposed by lawmakers in May.
    The former PSC attorney, who dropped out of a May race for another PSC seat, recently moved so she could run for the open seat, a state government spokesman confirmed this week to The Nerve. State law requires no minimum time to live in a particular district to be a PSC candidate.

  • Letter: We lost a great man in Sen. John McCain

    Life teaches us many things. How to take care of our family, raise our children, show them what’s right and wrong. It teaches us to be honest, never bully people, never make fun of people with disabilities, and to treat people with kindness. How to take care of our country and serve it. How to take in and help immigrants. How to defeat bullies and cowards.
    We lost a great man this week. There have been very few like Sen. John McCain. This man put family and country first.

  • Letter: Library board member wary of Kershaw move

    I am the District 1 member on the Lancaster County Library Board. My district includes the Del Webb branch in Indian Land.
    Many people utilize the library on a daily basis. Many groups have meetings weekly or monthly. Our facilities are undersized. The board met with the architects last week to see what they came up with for all three libraries.
    Our area of the county is the fastest-growing, and we need a library that can serve those needs.

  • Letter: Praising fact-based, well-made argument

    I am responding to Chandler Norville’s guest column in Friday’s Lancaster News, headlined “I fear that young conservatives will get lost in a sea of liberals.”
    I commend Mr. Norville for his fact-based, well-written, intelligent article. He is identified as a 20-year-old from Kershaw who is serving as chairman of the Lancaster County Young Republicans.
    This is welcomed assurance that, indeed, there are millennials other than those who are Bernie Sanders-driven, entitlement-seeking activists.