Today's Opinions

  • Fibromyalgia complex disease that robs its victims

    I applaud Sandra Sims for her devotion to try and get the word out about fibromyalgia. My spouse at the early age of 46 was medically retired from the work force because of this condition.  Healthy up until this time, she was a powerhouse for the Air Force and produced more work of any three persons could normally do.  

  • Discovery students salute community leaders

    On March 23, the kindergarten and first grade classes of the Discovery School saluted some very special people. Our children sang songs and recited poems about the efficiency and dedication of Lancaster’s city and county professionals who serve us as community helpers.

  • South Carolina needs workable stimulus option

    Although we are constitutionally guaranteed free speech, it is illegal to walk into a crowded movie theater and yell the word “fire” if there is not one.

  • We don’t have mob mentality: Taxpayers are just fed up

    This letter is in response to Mr. Charles Bundy’s “mob-mentality” column on April 1. Mr. Bundy – I really don’t think you get it. Please don’t confuse mob-mentality with blue-collar taxpayer mentality. The world “mob” as you put it is me, my neighbors and just plain everyday folks across this country. You see, Mr. Bundy, the vast majority of us “mob” mentality taxpayers don’t make six or seven figure salaries – even when combined with our spouses’ salaries.

  • Wear denim: Show support for victims

    We are asking all employees of our local nonprofit organizations, civic governments and other employers to help us recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    As part of that effort, we are asking people to break the dress code and the silence on April 22 and wear denim to work.

    Denim Day is sponsored by Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.

  • Boy was I wrong about TEA party

    I attended the local TEA party tax protest Wednesday. I thought I had met some really warm, good-hearted people and even began some would-be long friendships.

    I watched a cable news channel, which supported my feeling that these were good people exercising their constitutional rights.

    But then I flipped over to CNN and MSNBC. Thankfully, they told me the “real truth” – that some of these people at the rally were dangerous. In fact, some of these people could have been opposed to abortion.

  • Imagine if newspapers were invented today

    I can understand why newspapers are not viewed as trendy today. After all, they were really the iPods of 1690.

    But humor me, and consider this alternate history: Imagine if Gutenberg had invented a digital modem rather than a printing press, and that for centuries all of our information had come to us online.

    Further, imagine if we held a press conference announcing the invention of an intriguing new product called the “newspaper.”

    That press conference might go something like this:

  • Mastering language reguires learning curve

    There I was, sitting at a folding table, enjoying a delicious barbecue sandwich, some coleslaw and a pile of baked beans at the recent Elgin Volunteer Fire Department barbecue, when I heard the phrase for the first time.

    “It looks like it’s ’bout to come a cloud,” said my coworker, and our newspaper’s resident wordsmith, Greg Summers.