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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Time for action, not just prayers, to end shootings at U.S. schools

    I am writing in response to Joseph C. Hinson’s Friday column headlined “Agonize, pray, repeat: School shooting routine never changes.”
    I disagree with his repeated statement: “This is who we are now, America.”
    I believe this is where “they” want us to be. There is a solution to what is going on, and guns in the wrong hands – or any weapon – is the problem. Prayer is the answer.

  • Column: Treasurer: No cash payments at IL office, opening July 17

    Part of keeping the treasurer’s office taxpayer-friendly is coming up with new choices for improved customer service. As part of my promise to put Lancaster County taxpayers first, the treasurer’s office will soon begin offering service at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center.

  • Letter: Proud of the work Sheriff Faile does

    I have written many letters about our sheriff, Barry Faile. Now he has been named South Carolina’s Sheriff of the Year.
    We have a sheriff to be proud of in this county. He is a man who gets the job done. A man of his word.
    God bless you, Barry, and thanks for all the hard work.

    Carl M. Miles Sr.
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Hoping mechanic lands a better job

    It was great to read the June 3 story about Nikki and Bobby Mims helping Linda Thompson with her broken-down car. Good to know there are kind people willing to help a stranded person.
    The goodness of the story went sour near the end, to hear what happened to her mechanic, David Starnes. You should have included the name of the shop where he worked so all in Lancaster could avoid using his shop.

  • Column: S.C. Supreme Court ruling allows money-laundering of tax dollars

    Money laundering had its origins with crime syndicates. Former SLED chief Robert Stewart said that one of the dangers of South Carolina’s legalization of video poker was that it provided a statewide network of money laundromats.

  • Letter: Government should inform the voters

    It is voting time, and I am frustrated! The voting turnout is very low in this state. Do you wonder why?
    I don’t even know who is running, until I see the ballot on the day I vote, unless I go to the Lancaster County elections office to obtain a ballot beforehand.

  • Letter: Youth Serve camp week in Kershaw this month

    The annual Youth Serve camp is coming up in Kershaw – an amazing week packed with learning, service opportunities and fun for teens and young-adult mentors.
    The camp helps participants develop skills that they can put to good use: physical, social and occupational skills, along with character education.
    The teens, ages 13 to 19, will learn construction skills by working under the leadership of volunteer contractors. In addition, they will learn the joy of serving their community and helping those less fortunate than themselves.

  • Column: Momentum is building for June 16 prayer rally

    People across our community are getting excited as they prepare for one of the largest prayer gatherings ever to be held in Lancaster.
    “Unity and Synergy” is the theme of this year’s Lancaster Citywide Unity Prayer Rally, which will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, on the courthouse grounds downtown.
    More than 70 local churches, evangelistic ministries and businesses are involved thus far and are participating in various ways. Our mission is to seek God’s help for our city and its people.