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Today's Opinions

  • We must do more to educate African Americans

    Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian and educator, poignantly said, "When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary."

  • Powers-Norrell would be 'treasure to Senate'

    This letter in response to Dave Zoglmans letter "Powers-Norrell throws first dirt in Senate race," printed in the Feb. 20 edition of The Lancaster News. I am a Buford High School senior. Neither my teacher, classmates and I quite understand the article.

    As far as throwing the first dirt goes I think you just did. I challenge you to find one flaw with Mandy Powers-Norrell.

    She was one of the most intelligent who ever graduated from Lancaster High School and the USC School of Law. Our district should be honored that she is representing us.

  • Writer: Animals should not be equalized to humans

    I would like to thank Lancaster residents Mary Reimers "Time to change animal abuse laws" and Barbara Small "Writer proud of legislators for protecting animal rights" and John Goodwin from the U.S. Humane Society for their replies to my letter "Anti-cockfighters seek to take away rights."

    Thanks for proving my point that people are personifying animals with human emotions and souls that they don't have. Thank you for proving that rash emotions are superceding common sense and empathy for your fellow man in regard for laws and accompanying penalties.

  • County offering 'corporate welfare package' to Continental

    When Continental Tire suspended production at its Charlotte plant and sent those jobs overseas to Brazil and other countries, scores of Lancaster County residents lost their jobs.

    This created a tax burden on Lancaster County and an impact on commerce when those folks' disposable income was eliminated. Not only that, soon after the production suspension, Continental Tire implemented terms requiring some of their retirees at one point to pay more than $1,600 for health care.

  • Red Cross merger inevitable

    They are the first to help after a house fire. They are the first to help after a natural disaster. They provide training for lifeguards who watch our children in area pools.

    They are the staff and highly dedicated volunteers of the American Red Cross.

    They distribute food, clothing and shelter for those who have lost their homes through fire, flood, hurricanes and tornadoes.

    The Lancaster County Chapter of the American Red Cross has provided these services since 1917.

  • Zoglman wrong about Powers-Norrell political aspirations

    Dave Zoglman is wrong to say that Mrs. Mandy Powers-Norrell threw the first dirt in the S.C. Senate seat 16 race.

    Powers-Norrell's statement that every decision she would make as our state senator would be made out of a love for this district and its people first is not from a desire to move up the political ladder.

    I think it was wonderful and refreshing.

    I also know that presidents Washington, Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan loved their respective hometowns and first made a difference there before moving on to other political aspirations.

  • Wells deserves coaching honor

    Beach trips, no matter the time of year, most often result in fun.

    Buford High School head football coach Mike Wells has a beach business trip planned for next December and he's elated with what's in store.

    Wells, the seven-year head football coach at Buford High School, has been selected as a coach for the annual North-South All-Star football game at Coastal Carolina University.

    Wells will serve as a North assistant for the 61st annual clash.

  • Take care of vulnerable in society

    The message was scribbled on a paper plate.

    "Feed me. This is the only meal I get. I can't afford groceries."

    It was just one of many paper plates sent to S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford.

    The paper plate messages were part of a statewide campaign to bring attention to Sanford's proposed $2.9 million budget cut for the Meals on Wheels program, which now feeds more than 20,000 people across the state.