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Today's Opinions

  • A long, scary, life-and-death saga unfolds

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    The bench outside the Lancaster County Courthouse lets me see who’s coming in and going out.
    It’s a summer afternoon in August 2016 and I wait – impatiently.
    There’s a private hearing going on inside that I can’t legally witness.
    I finally see who I’m looking for after a 30-minute wait.
    I recognize her big, blonde hair from an online photo.

  • Staff Column: Hello! I’m your new reporter

    If you told me six years ago that I’d become a reporter, fall in love with a country girl and live in good ole’ South Carolina, I’d have said ease up on the psychedelics.
    Yet here I am, with all of the above turning out to be true.
    God must be punishing me for my cynicism as a Northerner.  
    I currently live in Columbia and commute to Lancaster. But I have bought a house in Lancaster’s Erwin Farm neighborhood and will be closing on the sale today.
    I am not an S.C. native, but I don’t plan on leaving – ever.

  • Teaching the kids at Discovery School about newspapers

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I juggle a big metal plate and a bag full of newspaper-related things in my hands on a Friday morning.
    I walk into Discovery School, trying to carry it all in one trip.
    The school will start its own newspaper soon.
    And I’ve been asked to talk with fourth and fifth graders about what’s newsworthy, how the paper works.

  • Teaching the kids at Discovery School about newspapers

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I juggle a big metal plate and a bag full of newspaper-related things in my hands on a Friday morning.
    I walk into Discovery School, trying to carry it all in one trip.
    The school will start its own newspaper soon.
    And I’ve been asked to talk with fourth and fifth graders about what’s newsworthy, how the paper works.

  • Teaching the kids at Discovery School about newspapers

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I juggle a big metal plate and a bag full of newspaper-related things in my hands on a Friday morning.
    I walk into Discovery School, trying to carry it all in one trip.
    The school will start its own newspaper soon.
    And I’ve been asked to talk with fourth and fifth graders about what’s newsworthy, how the paper works.

  • Teaching the kids at Discovery School about newspapers

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I juggle a big metal plate and a bag full of newspaper-related things in my hands on a Friday morning.
    I walk into Discovery School, trying to carry it all in one trip.
    The school will start its own newspaper soon.
    And I’ve been asked to talk with fourth and fifth graders about what’s newsworthy, how the paper works.

  • Column: Good governance by officials is the taxpayers’ expectation

    There are two important lessons we can learn from Hurricane Irma: One, that we as a nation possess remarkable resolve when faced with adversity. And two, that we offer too much praise to government leaders who are simply doing their job.

  • Letter: Rosemont is a bad choice for Indian Land post office location

    My husband and I are in complete opposition to the proposed location for an Indian Land postal facility for numerous reasons.
    ◆ This facility should be more centrally located in the area it is supposed to serve. Somewhere off U.S. 521 between S.C. 160 and Sun City Carolina Lakes is a more suitable location.
    ◆ A facility of this size – 15,000 square feet – should not be placed at the entrance of a residential neighborhood. The aesthetics alone are detrimental.