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Today's Opinions

  • Today symbolizes our hope for future

    Easter is about hope – hope for ourselves, each other and the future. Today, Christians worldwide will celebrate that hope.
    The parallel between Easter and hope is obvious. For followers of Jesus Christ, it was a hopeless period when their tortured leader drew his last breath on a crude cross and his body placed in a tomb. Some hid in fear as they mourned his death. There was doubt – even among the disciples who were with him everyday. Was Jesus’ message real? What’s next?

  • Do we want to theorize or reform education?

    In education, as in everything else, there is a big difference between theory and practice. This difference is particularly noticeable among those who say they support school choice but don’t want that choice to extend beyond government schools.  Let’s talk about practice. In Georgia, 3,000 students with special needs are now attending independent schools that meet their specific learning needs. Each school was selected by that child’s own parents through a school choice program launched in 2007.

  • Export competitiveness, yet we import cronyism

    There are two kinds of companies who receive corporate welfare from Washington: successful businesses that don’t need it, and unsuccessful companies that don’t deserve it.
    Everything else you hear from politicians when corporate welfare comes up – rhetoric about public-private partnerships, about matching Europe’s subsidies of foreign competitors – is a big shiny ball waved around to distract you from the truth that they are mortgaging our children’s and grandchildren’s future to subsidize the politically-connected.

  • Insurance impossible for those who don’t have jobs

    I am writing concerning the proposed health care law that will require all Americans to buy insurance. This is a low blow from our president and government. Tell me how they can demand a person buy insurance if they can’t create jobs for us to afford to pay the premiums?
    America has forgotten the people who made America what it is today. We need jobs then we can afford insurance. We don’t need any president demanding us to do anything that we could do ourselves if we had jobs and could put people back to work.

  • Writer appreciates instructors’ assistance

    I would like to thank Chuck Small, Justin McClellan, Chris Nunnery, D. “Toothpick“ Ray and Randy White for taking so much of their valuable time to participate and assist in a program designed to facilitate the evacuation of students from a school bus in case of emergency. Their vast knowledge and skills helps to improve and develop our evacuation procedures.
    Again, I thank you for your generous donation of time and your dedication to the safety of our school children.

    Richard Pardue
    Lancaster
     

  • Modernize school and educator accountability

    Last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement highlighting a federal report showing South Carolina had lowered proficiency standards in English and mathematics faster than any other state in the nation between 2005 and 2009.
    While I disagree with many policies of the current administration, on this point they are absolutely correct. Setting low expectations for students does not yield high levels of student learning.

  • Writer will miss Evans’ columns

    When I read that W.B. Evans was not going to write any more “Remember When” columns, I cried.
    Mr. Evans, you made us remember our past and how wonderful it was without television, texting and cell phones.
    We weren’t aware if we were rich or poor because we were having so much fun. We were poor and I didn’t know it because I was happy. We did not have the technology children have today. We made our own toys and were glad when we got a new dress made out of flour sacks.

  • Writer asks God to remove dark cloud from county

    What can we do to stop the killing? We must be united in prayer for only our God can stop it.
    Women, do not go out alone. Have someone with you at all times. Gangs have taken over the streets in Lancaster. Our sheriff and police chief are doing a good job, but a dark cloud is hanging over our city and only God can stop the murders in our county and city.
    We must pray like never before. I pray that God takes the dark cloud away from our county and city. That he stops all the murders and protects our officers and let them go home to their loved ones.