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Today's Opinions

  • Maybe we need human control

    A few thoughts on the subject of animals being mistreated by humans. I've yet to see a dog or a cat throw their owner into the back of a truck and drop the owner off beside the roadway to be run over by a vehicle or left to starve like we humans do to our once beloved pets.

    So do we have an animal problem? Or is it actually a human problem? Perhaps we need human control just like we have animal control.

    How would we feel if our pets we abandoned survived, returned home and decided to give us owners the very same treatment we gave them?

  • Vouchers take money away from public schools

    This is in response to Al Simpson's article "Mulvaney supports public education" in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Simpson, most of the public can see through your attempt to mask the issues. I was raised by a public school teacher who taught in the system for her entire life, and I served as a public school teacher for more than five years before becoming a lawyer.

  • Drivers should not ignore traffic lights

    In the April 4 issue of The Lancaster News, the story about an 18-wheeler hit a car at the intersection of S.C. Bypass and Meeting Street/Camp Creek Road brought back scary, scary moments for me.

    Two weeks ago my 5-year-old granddaughter and I were only seconds from being hit by a loaded pulpwood truck.

    I was stopped at the stoplight coming from Camp Creek. While I was waiting for the light to turn green for my way, two loaded pulpwood trucks went by really fast.

  • Make changes to avoid another school scare

    Our schools need to invest in protecting our students. It's as if Columbine, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois were not a clear indication.

    Lancaster County School District and Superintendent Gene Moore need to take action to prevent another scare like what happened at Lancaster High on April 4.

  • Improve education for all kids

    I would like to respond to Wynette Birchfield's column "Vouchers make education equal" in the April 4 edition of The Lancaster News. To have a genuine discussion regarding vouchers is worthwhile, but to use this subject as a platform to dismiss Mandy Powers Norrell as "haughty" is backhanded and snide.

    Most parents want the very best education for their own children, but it is a sign of maturity when we recognize that educating all children benefits our entire society. We do not live in isolation. We depend on each other to make our community successful.

  • Proud day for Solesbee, 2 programs

    The day – the final Saturday in an out-like-a-lion March – was windy, cold and gray. But for Lancaster Dixie Softball, it was a beaut. Call it Lancaster Dixie Softball's brightest moment on the diamond. March 29, 2008, was a red-letter day for the programs as late director Chuck Solesbee, along with Lancaster Dixie Softball and the Lancaster Southern Belles/ Debs programs were inducted into the Dixie Softball Inc., Hall of Fame.

    The occasion highlighted opening day ceremonies for the 2008 Lancaster Dixie Softball season at Springdale Park.

  • Master plan is a realistic USCL vision

    A landscaped, tree-line entrance to the campus. Decorative fencing enclosing campus buildings. Dorms. Additional parking spaces. New education buildings. These are all part of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster strategic master plan USCL Dean John Catalano recently revealed.

    Catalano unveiled the plan to about 100 people in the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center on the USCL campus.

    Catalano said his goal for the campus to have that "college feel."

    "I want this place to feel like a major university," Catalano said.

  • Tams energize audience

    If you happened to catch the Tams performance Saturday night you not only were treated to a fantastic, fun show you saw some acrobatics that rivaled any professional gymnasts.

    The USCL Performing Arts Series brought the legendary beach band to the Bundy Auditorium located at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The Tams' band 18 Carat played for 48 minutes before band members wearing their traditional Tam O'shanter hats took the stage and gave more than an hour-packed performance.