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Today's Opinions

  • S.C.’s lost decade due to our poor leadership

    Ten years is a long time, especially in the digital age. A preschool child can grow into a strapping teenager; a tech company can go from start up to a global power; and a new idea can take root and begin to change a culture.
    In 10 years, a state can build a strong reputation as dynamic and progressive – or it can stagnate and even slide to the point of becoming an object of national ridicule.
    Unfortunately, the latter is what has happened to South Carolina.

  • We are a country in a crisis

    One day while in prayer, I thought of the woes of our country, our world and how no one seems to want to take responsibility for their actions. I said, “Lord, what’s going to happen? What can we do?”
    Immediately these scriptures flooded my mind:
    1. Righteousness exalted a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people. Proverbs 14:34.

  • Obama does not know a thing about business

    I have listened and watched this debate over President Barack Obama’s “You didn’t build that” comment.
    And after watching and listening to the debate over reported and under reported, its President Obama’s own commercial that finally made me have enough. Some of you will disagree, but that is fine. But for this president to lecture anyone is ridiculous.

  • Don’t take Obama speech out of context

    I would like to respond to Sen. W. Greg Ryberg’s letter, “Obama should stop insulting entrepreneurs,” published in the Aug. 1 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Societies’ ills within people, not objects

    Given recent, tragic events, we think it is time to take a look at some statistics. If these numbers don’t grab your attention, nothing will.
    More than 42,000 Americans were killed in 2006, more than 41,000 in 2007, 37,000 in 2008 and about 33,000 in 2009 and 2010. That totals out to more than 185,000 lost lives in a five-year period. That is enough national deaths to wipe out the entire population of Chester County six times over. It’s understandable that people are outraged and want the government to take action, regardless of whatever rights people possess.

  • The real story is Haley letting her daughter hold a state job

    Reporting that originated with The State regarding Gov. Nikki Haley’s 14-year-old daughter working in a state-paid summer job at the Statehouse did not appear in the Columbia newspaper’s print or online editions on July 25. But did appear on the websites of The Herald in Rock Hill and The Charlotte Observer. The McClatchy Co. owns the three newspapers.

  • Voters should have choices in elections

    We don’t endorse political candidates here (Chester News & Reporter and The Lancaster News), but we do endorse the idea of voters having choices.

  • Scammers targeting seniors

    Every year, our office receives numerous requests from seniors who are concerned about a suspicious caller, unusual activity, or a bogus offer. In fact, earlier this year, a caller reportedly paid a contactor more than $100,000 to build a house. The contractor finished the foundation and framed the structure, but never completed any other work. The senior called the Office on Aging for help, which intervened to advocate on the senior’s behalf through legal assistance to settle the case in full.