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Today's Opinions

  • Arson slap in the face to justice, history

    In the wee hours of Monday morning, someone slipped into a window of Lancaster County’s courthouse, crept upstairs and lit a flame. The arsonist ignited not only court documents, but 180 years of American history. It doesn’t really matter that the building was inadequate as a courthouse. The arson was a slap in the face to both justice and history.

    According to local historian Lindsay Pettus, here are some of the reasons the courthouse was such a landmark:

  • Kershaw children's park now a reality

    The town of Kershaw now has a children’s park unlike any other. The park resembles a mock town at the turn of the 19th century. It’s dotted with old Kershaw landmarks.

    Springs Cotton Mill, Haile Gold Mine, Kershaw Mercantile, Hanging Rock are memorialized in the multilevel play complex, which has slides, swings, climbing nets, tunnels, a chin-up bar and a fire pole for children to play on.

  • Women grateful for good Samaritans

    People always amaze me. Just when I thought human kind was going down the tubes, I get a big surprise that restored my faith in people.

    My friend, Cassie, and I run a small animal rescue here in Lancaster County. We were on our way to a veterinarian in Union to have some dogs and puppies spayed and neutered when someone turned in front of us. I had no where to go and I hit the other car. There were 10 dogs and puppies in the car with us, including my dog and Cassie’s dog.

  • Homeowner frustrated about break-ins

    What does it take to keep our homes safe these days? We do all the right things and then our home was broken into. It happened two weeks ago. We found out who did this, went to the authorities and they did nothing.

    We even told them where the young boys hid some of the things that were stolen from another house. We haven't heard a word from officers and they will not return our phone calls.

    My wife and I work everyday just to make a living. Then some young jerks with nothing else better to do steal our things. Where is our protection and rights?

  • Director, kids, volunteers worked hard on play

    I am very disappointed that The Lancaster News did not choose to cover the latest work of the Lancaster Community Playhouse. The first show of the year was Disney’s “The Jungle Book Kids.” The director, Eric Grace, and many helpers, held auditions just before school was out. The turn out for this audition was huge with more than 100 kids from Lancaster County participating. Eric immediately saw potential in so many of the children that he cast 20 extra children than the show originally required.

  • Washington is full of history and beauty

    Before moving to South Carolina in 1989, I lived in Annapolis, Md., for four years. Even though we were near Washington, D.C., I never attended a July Fourth celebration in the nation’s capital until this year.

    The July Fourth parade started down Constitution Avenue and ended with fireworks on the Mall next to the Washington Monument and reflecting pool.

    The parade included high school bands from Alaska, Mississippi, Missouri and Maryland. The parade also included floats from different cultures in the community – Bolivian, Vietnamese and Taiwanese.

  • Cairnes family grateful for support of community

    We would like to thank all of the people who worked so hard to help during the time of Ronnie W. Cairnes Sr.’s death on July 9.

    We especially want to thank all of the law enforcement officers, first responders, coroner and others who we don’t know about.

    We know that we probably have missed thanking someone, but we want you to know that you are appreciated in more ways than you know. Ronnie was a true treasure and had many friends.

    He was always the same person no matter when you saw him.

    When Ronnie loved you there was no doubt in it.

  • Carrier thanks customers, co-workers

    I have delivered newspapers for 10 years and have been through a lot of vehicles. I would like to thank all my customers for being so patient with me when I was late sometimes. It really gets frustrating when I want to get my customers their paper on time and can’t because of car trouble or some fault not my own. I had the nicest customers, who were very patient.

    My husband, who also delivered newspapers, had some nice customers. He had another job, and if he couldn’t get the newspapers delivered before he went to work, he delivered them after he got off.