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Today's Opinions

  • Fair Tax Plan will boost our economy

    The income tax creates a stagnant economy for the United States. Companies have moved overseas to give their investors a tax advantage. They will not return to the United States until our system gives them an advantage in the world market.

  • Time to make positive changes in society

    I believe the lyrics from John Lennon’s “So this is Christmas” are an appropriate way to start this letter. It is the Christmas season all over the world. As I acknowledge this, I cannot help but wonder which country and/or who are the people that keep and honor Christmas in the most fitting way? Is it the United States? Is it because we have 8 percent unemployment due in part to the fact that so, so many of our Christmas gifts come from other countries? Is it because our very own government cannot agree that all, I repeat, all Americans need health insurance?

  • AJ, Buford squads have plenty to cheer about

    There’s been plenty to cheer about this fall at Andrew Jackson and Buford high schools.
    Both of the county schools earned playoff berths in the Class AA Division II Upper State football playoffs.
    AJ notched a postseason win for the first time in eight seasons, while BHS earned a home playoff game with a solid regular-season finish.

  • Alzheimer’s a devastating disease

    Every 68 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. Do you know an individual or family who has been impacted by Alzheimer’s? Chances are you do.
    In fact, South Carolina is home to more than 80,000 people living with Alzheimer’s or a related disease. To put the figure into perspective, that number could completely fill Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia.
    From my own experience, I can attest to how challenging the disease is for a family. My brother, sisters and I struggled with watching our mother fight this terribly cruel disease.

  • Elections: Lessons for S.C. Republicans and Democrats

    Although I suspect that we’re all glad it’s finally over, the recent election may well turn out to have been a watershed of sorts, with lots of important lessons for both Democrats and Republicans in South Carolina.
    Put simply, this election shows that in South Carolina both parties are heading down a losing path, and it’s only through changing their current parties and challenging their own party leadership that either party can win in the future.

  • Naming a turkey a bad idea

    Editor’s note: Due to overwhelming reader requests, we are reprinting this Remember When column, which was originally published in the Nov. 19, 2006, edition of The Lancaster News. The story of Jim the turkey has indeed become a Thanksgiving tradition at The Lancaster News.

    I don’t know if it was tradition or custom, but a couple weeks before “Big Thursday” or Thanksgiving Day, me and Daddy journeyed down to Tradesville to pick up our big ole gobbler.

  • Show your gratitude tomorrow

    This Thanksgiving, take time to be thankful for more than just a good meal. Give thanks for what you’ve been blessed with and share what you can with those in need.
    It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the traditional kickoff of America’s holiday season.
    Our national day of giving thanks dates back to 1621 in Massachusetts, when we believe the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a successful harvest with food and festivities.

  • Story doesn’t reflect effort to change precinct

    The recent  article regarding the Belair 1 voting location change did not accurately detail the community effort to achieve that goal.
    Suffice to say, the article was under-researched and relied upon the biased information of a single, uninformed Sun City resident.
    I do agree with one aspect of the article – the Department of Justice and the Lancaster Voter Registration staff did not effectively communicate between themselves to alert the community about the voting location change.