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Today's Opinions

  • Raos make monument a reality

    Six years ago, Lancaster residents Sal and Lois Rao, reacting to a family tragedy, could have just faded away in their grief.

    One would understand, but the Raos, despite their loss, opted to go another direction following the death of their son, senior state trooper Mike Rao.

    Rao, while on duty in June of 2002 in Clarendon County, was hit by a car and later died as a result of his injuries.

    The Raos decided to make something positive out of their situation.

  • Stop personal attacks, stick to election issues

    This is in response to Wynette Birchfield’s column “Vouchers make education equal” in the April 4 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Know dangers of allergies

    On a recent Sunday, my family went to several different restaurants before we gave up on eating out. Why? Like 3 million other Americans, my son, Joel, has a peanut allergy.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, allergic reactions to peanuts are the most severe of all food allergies followed by shellfish, fish, tree-nuts and eggs. Peanut allergies are responsible for 80 percent of fatal or near-fatal reactions each year.

  • Shag Club grateful for support

    Shag Club grateful for support

    I would like to thank all of you who came out to support the Lancaster Shag Club’s Spaghetti fundraiser dinner March 30.

    Our chef, Tom Ulrich, cooked up some awesome homemade spaghetti sauce, and our hard-working crew of volunteers saw to it that everyone had plenty to eat. Many of our club members, who are not only good dancers, but great cooks, brought delicious homemade desserts to add to your meals.

  • Priorities in South Carolina are twisted

    I’m so tired of hearing about all the money and effort in regards to animal fighting. Dog, chicken, cat, fish, bug etc. Want to know what I want to hear? I want to hear about programs for people like me – born and raised here, love my state and yet left behind.

    I’m 31, single and make less than $25,000 a year. My daughter, mother, father, brother and I all live in the same rented home to try and make ends meet.

  • Community effort needed for USCL strategic plan

    I read with interest your article of last week concerning Dr. John Catalano, dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and his great plans for enhancing that institution's collegiate atmosphere, something we've needed for half a century now.

    And if anyone can do it, John can. He and I were office mates (of sorts) for some 20 years before my retirement. Believe me, over a period of 20 years, you get to know someone very well. Believe me, John was always far too lively to be the "teacher's pet." The trips he made to the office were not to receive awards.

  • Patient need should be focus of new cancer center

    In a perfect world there would be no need for a cancer radiation treatment center. But this is not a perfect world. And there are many Lancaster County residents who need radiation treatment. To get that treatment, they have to travel to Rock Hill, Charlotte or Columbia.

    If you or someone you love has gone through radiation treatment, you know it drains your energy. Driving out of town to get this treatment adds to an already stressful situation. Some people have chosen not to take the treatment because of the drive.

  • Together we can bring new jobs, opportunities

    I'll never forget the long, hot summers I spent working in Grace Bleachery to help pay my way through college.

    I'll never forget the smell of the dye that was pumped into the big blue barrels, the 120-degree temperatures between the new Zimmer machine and the cinder block wall, the sounds of clacking and whirring as the cloth was printed and processed, and the bright yellow earplugs we wore around our necks that showed that we were all a part of the same team.