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Today's Opinions

  • Improve education for all kids

    I would like to respond to Wynette Birchfield's column "Vouchers make education equal" in the April 4 edition of The Lancaster News. To have a genuine discussion regarding vouchers is worthwhile, but to use this subject as a platform to dismiss Mandy Powers Norrell as "haughty" is backhanded and snide.

    Most parents want the very best education for their own children, but it is a sign of maturity when we recognize that educating all children benefits our entire society. We do not live in isolation. We depend on each other to make our community successful.

  • Proud day for Solesbee, 2 programs

    The day – the final Saturday in an out-like-a-lion March – was windy, cold and gray. But for Lancaster Dixie Softball, it was a beaut. Call it Lancaster Dixie Softball's brightest moment on the diamond. March 29, 2008, was a red-letter day for the programs as late director Chuck Solesbee, along with Lancaster Dixie Softball and the Lancaster Southern Belles/ Debs programs were inducted into the Dixie Softball Inc., Hall of Fame.

    The occasion highlighted opening day ceremonies for the 2008 Lancaster Dixie Softball season at Springdale Park.

  • Master plan is a realistic USCL vision

    A landscaped, tree-line entrance to the campus. Decorative fencing enclosing campus buildings. Dorms. Additional parking spaces. New education buildings. These are all part of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster strategic master plan USCL Dean John Catalano recently revealed.

    Catalano unveiled the plan to about 100 people in the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center on the USCL campus.

    Catalano said his goal for the campus to have that "college feel."

    "I want this place to feel like a major university," Catalano said.

  • Tams energize audience

    If you happened to catch the Tams performance Saturday night you not only were treated to a fantastic, fun show you saw some acrobatics that rivaled any professional gymnasts.

    The USCL Performing Arts Series brought the legendary beach band to the Bundy Auditorium located at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The Tams' band 18 Carat played for 48 minutes before band members wearing their traditional Tam O'shanter hats took the stage and gave more than an hour-packed performance.

  • Veterans grateful for Valentines

    We would like to thank all of the Lancaster County schools that participated in Valentines for Veterans. We had an overwhelming response this year and our school district should be commended for their continued support and dedication to this program every year. These Valentines mean so much to our veterans.

    In addition, we were asked to collect toiletry supplies for new patients who are admitted to Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia. Again the community response that was received was overwhelming.

  • Doster's selection is deserving

    The University of South Carolina Upstate is in for a treat. Lancaster native Bob Doster, an internationally acclaimed artist, has been selected as the featured sculptor for the 2008-09 season.

    The Doster exhibition, featuring six pieces of his work, will be showcased on the Spartanburg area campus starting in April.

    The irony of Doster's selection is many of his works are abstractions similar to the sculpture on the campus.

  • Writer questions legislators' 'support' of public education

    As an educator, I am quite surprised that Al Simpson, chairman of the S.C. State Board of Education, would deceive the voters of Lancaster County.

    In his editorial, "Mulvaney supports public education" in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News, Simpson said he takes “his service on this board very seriously and spends an enormous amount of time in Columbia."

    He also said that "Rep. Mick Mulvaney helped craft legislation that eliminated the dreaded PACT test in our schools."

  • Gun carry permit a right, not privilege

    South Carolina is poised to join 28 other states which have closed access to their lists of concealed weapon permit (CWP) holders. In addition to South Carolina, five other states have similar pending legislation.

    The S.C. Press Association (SCPA) is opposed to the legislation (H. 3528). It has argued that the public has a right to know who has a CWP, in the same way that a license to operate a vehicle on a public highway is public information.

    The SCPA is incorrect.