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Today's Opinions

  • Community rallies to make '08 Springathon a success

    The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce Executive Board would like to thank the many people who worked together to make this year’s Springathon a success.

    The Kershaw News Era and The Lancaster News were both vitally important in getting the advertising we needed printed. Year after year, their staffs work with us in promoting our event.

  • Student says school should be out on Memorial Day

    I am writing concerning the disrespect shown to the soldiers who gave their lives defending this country. I am a student at Lancaster High School and I feel that the Lancaster County School Board’s decision to have school on Memorial Day is very hypocritical. We are taught in school to honor and respect the ones who decide to serve in the military and fight for our freedoms and yet the school board decides that it is justified to have classes rather than show the very respect they teach us to have.

  • This is what I believe in

    I’m new to politics. I’ve never run for office before. Some folks might think that’s a liability, but I think it’s one of my greatest assets.

    Too many of the elected officials in Columbia have lost focus. We need a fresh perspective. We need new leadership that’s committed to our communities and to the conservative ideals that we believe in.

  • Show respect for those who died at Buford battle site

    I, like many people around Lancaster, are descendants of men who helped bury the dead at the Buford battle site. At that time, it was called Wild Cat.

    In one book on Andrew Jackson, he mentioned two men, a Carnes and an Usher. There had to be many more to be able to dig two graves, one large with more than 80 men in it, and a smaller one with at least 29.

  • Good mental health vital to everyone

    May is Mental Health Month. Many individuals and families have experienced or will experience a mental health issue at some point in life.

    Many people who experience mental disorders are able to have relative normal lives with their families and careers provided they are properly diagnosed and receive appropriate treatment.

    However, the stigma associated with mental illness continues to exist without any treatment of its own.

  • Writer questions Mulvaney's vote on inhalants

    On Sept. 20, 2002, my life was changed forever when a drunken driver swerved into my lane and hit my car head-on, causing me to lose an eye and shattering the bones in one of my legs. I am now permanently disabled because of another man’s irresponsible attitude about abusing alcohol.

    That is why I was so shocked and offended when I learned that one of our elected officials, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, also has a cavalier attitude about abusing alcohol.

  • Special Mother's Day at White Oak Manor

    I am 95 years old and I objected strongly when I became a resident of White Oak Manor. My first thinking was this was a place to die in.

    But that is not so. It is really a place where love and care are abundant. South Carolina provides good medical care for its senior citizens. And I am a “damn Yankee” from Buffalo, N.Y.

    Mother’s Day was a special day here. I had breakfast in bed. Then families came to visit. The parking lot was overflowing. At lunch, the main dining room was crowded, with sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends.

  • DUI law tough, but not tough enough

    South Carolina’s drunk driving law will have more bite in February 2009. That’s when tougher penalties go into effect and some loopholes in the existing law are set to go out of effect. You’d be pressed to find anyone in law enforcement or in the prosecution of drunk drivers who’d argue the driving under the influence law in South Carolina didn’t need revising.