Today's Opinions

  • Ability to vote is a privilege

    Congratulations to city residents living in District 3. It was a pleasure to hear that Jackie Harris has decided to run for a City Council seat. She has the skills and talent to be an effective community leader.
    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jackie Harris for almost 20 years. Initially as a co-worker at the Lancaster Children’s Home, she’s continued to be a close friend. Whether we’re discussing a child’s case or a Sunday school lesson, the compassion and support are there.

  • Coach Crenshaw shines in the Four-Star chance

    Remember last spring when the four Lancaster County athletic booster clubs came together for a fundraiser to benefit all four county schools?
    The event, billed as the Four Star Raffle, was a success off the bat, raising money for the four schools’ athletic programs.
    During the night, one of the Buford High School auction items was a chance to be an honorary BHS football coach during a Jackets’ home game.

  • Don’t vote for party; vote for best person to do the job

    There are only 46 days until Election Day, Nov. 6, 2012. There are a lot of exciting races going on in South Carolina and the finish line will be late into the night.
    As seen in Columbia and in Washington, D.C., politicians go along to get along. Some like to shake up the standard of politics as usual while others will not make waves for fear of repercussions in their own political careers.

  • World peace possible, one country at a time

    On Sept. 22, 2006, my letter “Methods of religious conversions similar,” was published in The Lancaster News. Back then all the rage was over comments Pope Benedict made during a speech about Muhammad. Six years later, with current events in mind, it seems like déjà vu.

  • Nutrition and exercise important for seniors

    Several months ago, my staff participated in a health and wellness event in Columbia. Hundreds of active seniors gathered to attend classes and watch cooking and exercise demonstrations to learn more about the importance of proper nutrition and remaining fit.
    In the United States, heart disease remains the leading cause of death, but through preventative measures such as eating healthy and staying active, proper nutrition choices along with exercise can help lower your risk for many chronic diseases associated with aging.

  • Gaffes aplenty at convention

    The Democratic National Party had an official party gaffe at its recent convention. A gaffe is when a politician or party official actually says what he or she mean.
    The Democrats had several at the convention. They told us about themselves and we should pay attention.
    The Democrats had a “God-is-out, but-now-he is-back-in-boo-God!” event with a voice vote. They had numerous speeches in favor of unlimited abortion and a non-stop celebration of homosexuality with a push for gay quasi-marriage. God is back “in” now in word only.

  • New law compromises health care for everyone

    For the past 20 years, I have worked in the health-care field in one capacity or another, including the insurance side, the managed care side, the provider side and now the financial side. I have an inside idea how the new law will impact physicians, hospitals and patients.
    The law will require states to basically accept everyone under the Medicaid program. On the surface, I think we can all agree that sounds great – everyone is covered and no one is without insurance.

  • Religious beliefs have no place in political views

    I read Wayne Walton’s column, “Abortion a selfish choice.” I am a Democrat, a proponent of abortion and a Christian.
    If anyone, Christian or not, wants to debate the abortion issue it is our constitutional right. But those who define being a Christian by apposing abortion goes against everything I believe in.