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Today's Opinions

  • Column: The Red Rose resurgence has begun

    Shortly before USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center opened in October 2012, the economic atmosphere seemed bleak for Lancaster County.
    In 2008, Forbes magazine named Lancaster “the weakest performer” on its list of the most vulnerable towns in the nation. In 2012, a CNN broadcast featured us in an “Open Mic” story about politics and faith, prompting a cry of “We Are Lancaster” in protest of what many felt was an unfair portrayal of Lancaster.

  • Column: Do reporters have a right to be at press conferences?

    It already seems like a long time ago, but it’s only been a month since the Trump administration’s long-simmering clash with CNN reached a new level, with the cancelation of reporter Jim Acosta’s “hard pass” that gave him access to the White House.
    The pass was restored temporarily on the orders of a federal judge when CNN sued over the action, and then permanently when the White House press office deescalated the confrontation.

  • Letter: Kudos to students for strong columns

    I’d like to say it’s refreshing to see two young people – Indian Land High School seniors Kaylah Cranor and Wil Watkins – writing about public issues in your newspaper.
    Ms. Cranor, in a Nov. 21 column, spoke up for our president. She laid out the facts and didn’t let her letter evolve into personal politics like many writers do. Kudos to her and her fine article.

  • Staff Column: It’s time to lay wreaths on the graves of our vets

    Given the latest weekend weather forecast, I’ll probably leave Kershaw on Saturday a lot wetter than when I arrived.
    But some things – such as honoring those who served our country – are worth an hour in the rain.
    At noon Saturday, I plan to join a handful of Kershaw volunteers in a holiday salute to military veterans buried at the city cemetery on Kirkland Avenue as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

  • Column: Finding a church that feeds my soul

    When I was a little girl, my mama said she was a Methodist, but my daddy was a Baptist, so we were Baptists. That was that.
    I’ve often wondered what the difference was between the two denominations. I found out about a month ago, after I started attending Grace United Methodist Church. From the children to the men and women with their smiles and their hugs welcoming me there, I immediately felt at home.
    My soul was happy.

  • Column: Incentives floated at business prospects often remains secret

    The S.C. Department of Commerce says it didn’t formally offer any taxpayer-backed incentives to lure Amazon’s second national headquarters to the Palmetto State, but instead provided general incentives information to counties if any of them wanted to compete for the project.

  • Column: Journalists not your enemy, we’re vital to a free country

    We’ve been complacent.
    We thought everybody knew how important a free press was to our world and that all this talk about us being the enemy of the people would be dismissed for the silliness that it is.
    But the reckless attacks have continued, instigated and encouraged by our president.

  • Column: Electoral college keeps small states relevant in our elections

    Like him or not, Donald Trump is your president.
    You might say that he didn’t win the popular vote, and you would be correct. Pat yourself on the back for understanding something that 66 percent of Americans don’t. He did win the Electoral College vote.