Today's Opinions

  • Washington grateful for support

    I would like to acknowledge so many people who made the first NGA Red Rose City Classic Natural Championship at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium on Oct. 17 possible.

    I appreciate the National Gym Association (NGA) and its president Andy Bostinto.

    Andy is responsible for laying the foundation and giving athletes and promotors like myself a drug-free platform to show case our talents and to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

  • We must stand up for what we believe

    I am an 82-year-old woman who lives alone and watches a lot of television, especially the news.

    What disturbs me is someone always trying to take God out of something. Some people wanted to take prayer out of schools.When it happened, the guns came in. See the news for the proof. Some want God taken out of what this country stands for.

    America was founded on God and it has always worked. I always heard if it works, why change?

    Now some want God out of so many things as to not offend someone.

  • Beckham was Produce Man

    A lot of life is taking things for granted. You know, a familiar face is always just where it is supposed to be.

    I, like so many of you, dash in and out of Wal-Mart most everyday to pick up a stalk of celery, a head of lettuce and maybe some fresh green beans.

    Right regular or most of the time, the Produce Man, Jimmy Beckham, was shuffling through the taters and pole beans. You know, sorta jazzing them up for a fresh appearance.

  • Another wake-up call for S.C.

    Proterra is a world leader in the design and manufacture of zero-emission vehicles. In 2011, we were excited when Proterra announced it was moving its corporate headquarters and manufacturing to South Carolina.

    Proterra announcements last week should also have been exciting news for South Carolina.

    “The U.S. is in the midst of a complete reinvention of how we transport people and cargo,” said Ryan Popple, Proterra’s CEO.

  • Homelessness in U.S. impacts all of us

    Hard to imagine, but dogs of olden days did not live the high life they do today. Historically, living a dog’s life meant begging for food, sleeping on the ground, and fighting for territory.

    Dog food, as we know it, would have been laughable then, as only the garbage considered worthless to humans went to the dogs.

    This may sound horrible, but we have many homeless in America – in South Carolina – people who are living like dogs in 2015. Why?

  • Reform road system, then talk revenue

    If more money were the answer to the state’s infrastructure woes, the topic would hardly be worth debating. The real trouble with South Carolina’s roads, though, isn’t a lack of money.

    It’s a lack – indeed, a total lack – of citizen control or influence on road funding.How do we know more money won’t produce better roads?

  • Papers teach students about their community

    Students in Heather McManus’ kindergartner class at Indian Land Middle School are learning about their community through the Newspapers in Education program.

    Every week her students look forward to getting the Carolina Gateway, a sister paper to The Lancaster News.

    What is Newspapers in Education?

    Newspapers in Education Program is an international program, dating back to 1795, dedicated to improving literacy and the quality of education by supplying newspapers to teachers that they use within their classroom/curriculum.

  • Adams loyal to what he loved in life

    I had to do a double take when I scanned page 4A of the Friday, Oct. 9 edition of The Lancaster News.

    The mug of a familiar smiling face caught my eye and when I realized where it was located, it was a sad stunner.

    The photo was of Ronnie Adams, who had died earlier in the week. Ronnie, I knew, was struggling with some health issues, but I had no idea.