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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Limit teens’ access to e-cigs

    Vaping. How bad is it?
    The creation of electronic cigarettes quickly captured the hearts and minds of young impressionable teens. But what exactly are electronic cigarettes, and how are they used?
    E-cigs were created for adults who desire to stop smoking but not quit cold turkey. E-cigs are battery-operated and fueled by pods, which contain a mix of nicotine and other chemicals. Each pod is equivalent to a pack of cigarettes, and many teens go through a pod or two a day.

  • Letter: Jimmy Brown a man of his word

    I enjoyed Sunday’s Lancaster News article about Jimmy Brown, the county’s first black deputy, in celebration of Black History Month.
    Jimmy did a lot for me and my late wife. When he closed his restaurant, he sent all the food that was left to me and my wife. Sometimes at Thanksgiving I would ask him if I could get two plates until payday, and he would always let me have them.

  • Column: Little research to say if e-cigarettes are safe

    A question that has come up recently regarding American healthcare is whether e-cigarettes should be available for teenagers.
    A majority of middle school and high school students have access to these devices, and there has been an increase in the use of them over recent years. With a wide range of different types of e-cigarettes, scientists know little about these devices, which have only existed for about 15 years.

  • Column: Need tighter controls on vaping in schools

    As a high schooler, I witness every day how far vape and electronic cigarettes addictions reach into the community of students.
    Hidden in the sleeves of the students' sweatshirts, e-cigarettes are easily concealed for use in class and during lunch. Students race to their cars after school to “hit” their Juuls.

  • Column: Vandalism at Deliverance church a blow to dedicated faith leaders

    When I first heard about the vandalism of the lovely little Deliverance Word of Faith Church, I felt shock, then anger, then deep sadness.
    I struggle to understand why anyone would want to commit such a hurtful and totally senseless act. What possible benefit could someone gain from breaking beautiful stained-glass windows and destroying the other hard-earned church property that these dedicated pastors and their congregation had worked so hard to put there?
    The wound goes beyond the physical damage to the church and strikes at the heart. 

  • Column: Too early to OK medical marijuana

    A handful of S.C. legislators have made it clear they intend to again push for legalized marijuana in South Carolina.
    They have also made it clear they intend to have this debate as though it were a medical issue by making physicians the singular access point for the “marijuana drug.” There is one substantial problem. None of them have bothered to ask physicians if we support such measures. We do not.

  • Column: It’s the state, not the county, with that pot of unclaimed cash

    I’ve been contacted recently by a lot of Lancaster County residents about the state’s Unclaimed Property Program, which has over $650 million of unclaimed assets belonging to S.C. residents who, for some reason or another, can’t be contacted.
    The Lancaster News reported last month that this program has more than 1,700 accounts of unclaimed funds worth $500 or more that belong to Lancaster County residents.

  • Column: Come on, David, leave some newspapers for the rest of us

    About 10 miles from home, on the way to David Knight’s house, I decided to pick up The Lancaster News on Feb. 17.
    But to my amazement, at every rack I went to, there were no papers to be found. Another guy that was also looking to buy a newspaper told me he thought it was because David Knight had bought all the newspapers he could get his hands on! Possibly to give them to all of his extended family, relatives and friends all over the United States and other countries.