Today's Opinions

  • Column: Let’s not take for granted our plentiful access to food

    I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Catawba County, N.C.
    I enjoyed the farm life, but knew I didn’t want the seven days a week commitment of a dairy farm. That is why I studied computer science and eventually moved to Lancaster.
    Jan. 11-15 was the 100th American Farm Bureau Convention, and I accompanied my father to the convention in New Orleans. He has been involved in Farm Bureau and is supportive of their mission to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.  

  • Column: Kindness should become America’s default reaction

    Every night, l fall asleep in a world filled with people caught in situations that require a helping hand, while others hurry along, remaining inattentive to any thought of reaching out to lend that helping hand.
    I dream of a world different from this, one where we strive to show kindness to one another, one where every person is accepted without stipulation, one where diversity is a unifying force rather than demarcation. This is the world I hope to someday awake to.

  • Column: To change the world, we must start with ourselves

    The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. had a grand aspiration for the American people. For many years we have evolved into forming a better nation, but we have not completely fulfilled Dr. King’s dream.
    He presented his hope for our society in his well-known “I Have a Dream” speech. Like Dr. King, I too have a dream. Not one to compare to his, but one to at least consider.

  • Column: To end this shutdown now, we all need to take action

    People who do business with me know that I do what it takes to work through obstacles that get in the way of my real estate closings. I’ve written to mortgage companies, law firms, even the S.C. Court of Appeals.
    But this is the first time that doing my job meant writing an open letter to my congressman, Rep. Ralph Norman, and my fellow citizens.

  • Letter: Weigh Trump critic’s clueless 2010 query about sinking Guam

    U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia’s Fourth District, recently came out with a statement about President Trump’s voters that I’ll call unbelievable.
    He said Trump supporters are less educated, less prosperous, and are dying early from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease and broken hearts caused by economic despair. Now, this is the person who, during a House committee meeting in 2010, asked if stationing 8,000 Marines on the island of Guam might cause the island to tip over and capsize. And he thinks Trump voters are less educated?

  • Letter: Immigration comments need a bit of historical context

    My letter is a response to an article in The Lancaster News last Wednesday concerning comments made by local businessman Jerry Hartley, owner of Hartley Funeral Home.
    His comment posted on social media and published in your paper was: “If you are not born and raised in this great country, you have no business being here. This is America.”

  • Column: Newton lays out checklist for changing S.C. schools

    As the General Assembly reconvenes, it looks like two major issues will dominate this session. Though very little specific legislation has been filed on these topics yet, these issues will likely begin to take the form of legislation in the coming weeks. Here is a preview of these topics and my thoughts on each:
    Education Reform  

  • Column: 4-H initiative builds leadership among Lancaster County youth

    Last year, more than a dozen local 4-H participants joined a youth leadership initiative called 4-H LEAD.
    The program is intended to grow young 4-Hers’ leadership skills and improve the community through the abilities of driven youth. It provides a paid internship with the 4-H office for two participants from each county, Lancaster and Chester, who have excelled in the program.