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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Need tighter controls on vaping in schools

    As a high schooler, I witness every day how far vape and electronic cigarettes addictions reach into the community of students.
    Hidden in the sleeves of the students' sweatshirts, e-cigarettes are easily concealed for use in class and during lunch. Students race to their cars after school to “hit” their Juuls.

  • Column: Vandalism at Deliverance church a blow to dedicated faith leaders

    When I first heard about the vandalism of the lovely little Deliverance Word of Faith Church, I felt shock, then anger, then deep sadness.
    I struggle to understand why anyone would want to commit such a hurtful and totally senseless act. What possible benefit could someone gain from breaking beautiful stained-glass windows and destroying the other hard-earned church property that these dedicated pastors and their congregation had worked so hard to put there?
    The wound goes beyond the physical damage to the church and strikes at the heart. 

  • Column: Too early to OK medical marijuana

    A handful of S.C. legislators have made it clear they intend to again push for legalized marijuana in South Carolina.
    They have also made it clear they intend to have this debate as though it were a medical issue by making physicians the singular access point for the “marijuana drug.” There is one substantial problem. None of them have bothered to ask physicians if we support such measures. We do not.

  • Column: It’s the state, not the county, with that pot of unclaimed cash

    I’ve been contacted recently by a lot of Lancaster County residents about the state’s Unclaimed Property Program, which has over $650 million of unclaimed assets belonging to S.C. residents who, for some reason or another, can’t be contacted.
    The Lancaster News reported last month that this program has more than 1,700 accounts of unclaimed funds worth $500 or more that belong to Lancaster County residents.

  • Column: Come on, David, leave some newspapers for the rest of us

    About 10 miles from home, on the way to David Knight’s house, I decided to pick up The Lancaster News on Feb. 17.
    But to my amazement, at every rack I went to, there were no papers to be found. Another guy that was also looking to buy a newspaper told me he thought it was because David Knight had bought all the newspapers he could get his hands on! Possibly to give them to all of his extended family, relatives and friends all over the United States and other countries.

  • Letter: Wall part of a bigger solution

    A wall by itself is not the answer to illegal immigration. It’s one of many steps, such as fixing the visa program and lowering those numbers, securing our northern border and stopping the catch-and-release program.
    Walls do work. Just ask Israel. Many of those who hate President Trump’s wall have walls around their mansions or their gated communities.

  • Column: Agency favors bill that would up its revenues

    The S.C. Commerce Department has paid $2.9 million since fiscal 2015 to a state-created nonprofit that listed $69 million in net assets as of June 30 and now wants lawmakers to double its main funding source.
    Asked for specifics on the money paid to the Columbia-based S.C. Research Authority, Commerce spokeswoman Alex Clark said the department and SCRA have been “involved in a number of partnerships over the last several years,” including:

  • Column: This Saturday, learn how to make a difference in our neighborhoods

    You can make a difference.
    Back in 2008, Forbes Magazine published a list of the top ten most distressed towns in America, and Lancaster topped the list. The outcry from the community was loud and urgent. In fact, “We Are Lancaster” signs can still be found dangling from fence posts and buildings scattered about town.