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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Saluting Stan Lee, who gave me super-women to emulate as a kid

    Who were your heroes when you were a kid? Mine weren’t just powerful women. They were superpowered women like Jean Grey, Storm, Rogue, Jubilee and Kitty Pryde, all members of Marvel’s X-Men.
    Like most young girls, I had Barbies lying around, but they were just waiting to be saved by X-Men action figures.
    A little later in life, I learned who the man behind the heroes and heroines was – Stan Lee. Marvel fans across the world mourned Monday as they heard of his death. He was 95.

  • Column: Scott: Let’s thank our state’s 43,000 female veterans

    For more than 200 years, countless brave men and women have defended, fought for and sacrificed for this nation – helping to create and protect American democracy and the country and freedoms we all love so dearly. Our service members are real-life heroes, who personify bravery and courage, and deserve our endless gratitude and respect.

  • Column: ‘Awe over the public show of patriotism’

    Editor’s note: This is one community leader’s reaction to Wednesday’s paper, which contained three sections – 22 pages – of Veterans Day tributes to those who’ve served our country. Special-sections editor Jane Alford, an Air Force veteran, led the effort.

    To The Lancaster News and the Lancaster County community:
    I have never been more proud to be counted in the number of American veterans as I was Wednesday night. I literally did not want to put the newspaper down.

  • Column: Powerful legislative chairman profits from state-funded groups

    As chairman of the S.C. House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Brian White exerts considerable control over the multibillion-dollar state budget that affects the lives of all 5 million South Carolinians.
    And his influence extends far beyond being the House’s chief writer and overseer of the state budget. As the Ways and Means chairman, for example, he sits on and appoints half of the 10-member legislative Joint Bond Review Committee, which recommends large state building projects and the issuance of millions of dollars in taxpayer-backed bonds.

  • Letter: Trump triumphed where Obama failed

    President Trump’s successful economic recovery has little to do with President Obama’s failed effort.
    During Obama’s term interest rates stayed near or at zero, but they have risen seven times during Trump’s term so far. Money was printed furiously so the government could buy it’s own debt under Obama. Robbed Peter to pay Paul, a sleight-of-hand trick to make things look better than the failed policies were actually doing, and a main reason the stock market didn’t flop.

  • Column: Honoring men who help lead our community

    Best practices in the prevention of rape and sexual assault often include strong messages to girls and women. Take care when walking alone at night. When out socializing, never let your drink out of your sight. Park in well-lit areas. Be aware of your surroundings.
    But what are men and boys being taught, as girls are given this advice?

  • Column: Thanks to local schoolchildren for remembering our veterans

    Each year at Veterans Day, the staff and students of Andrew Jackson Middle and High schools and Heath Springs Elementary entertain veterans with special programs.
    From viewing these programs, one can tell they put forth a lot of time and energy. Veterans enjoy and appreciate what they do and look forward to them every year.

  • Letter: The faithful are not exempt from tragedy

    This is in response to Ronald Hopkins’ letter in Sunday’s paper about whether God protects only some of those who pray for protection.
    The Lord is real. It is faith that keeps you going through murders, accidents that leave you totally disabled, and the loss of your family members and friends. We all have a time to be born and a time to die.
    How arrogant we would be to say: “I believe in God, so nothing bad is ever going to happen to me or my family.”