Today's Opinions

  • IL shoppers welcome new ALDI, Walmart

    The shopping choices in Indian Land have mushroomed in the last two weeks, especially for food shoppers. Two new additions to the Panhandle’s retail landscape – ALDI Food Market and Walmart – have doubled the number of area grocery stores.

    ALDI, a discount grocer, opened at the intersection of Marvin Road and U.S. 521 on Aug. 12.

    Walmart opened its doors at 10048 Charlotte Highway (near Elmsbrook Drive) a week later on Aug. 18.

  • Don't confuse accent with articulation

    The Lancaster News headline, “Red Ventures not hiring locals?” summarizes the reason why so many job-starved Lancaster residents are not getting the prized call center jobs at Red Ventures. It’s because of our Southern accents.

    That amounts to blatant discrimination. If a standardized American dialect was a prerequisite for employment, then why on Earth are so many of our customer service calls answered in India or some other foreign country?

  • Our schools are full of Mr. Leapharts

    I click onto the funeral home’s guest book, curious to see how many of Mr. Winnie Leaphart’s former students have logged in.

    And as soon as the guest book comes up, I see I’m not the only former student who believes Mr. Leaphart touched their lives in powerful ways when he taught at Indian Land High School.

    The very first entry is from a former student who writes “Your dad… was always a role model for me, and I am in education now because of him…”

  • Unselfish act allows others to live on

    A recent tragedy has resulted into a silver lining through organ donation.

    Last spring, Jaylen Jackson, 3, was killed in the crossfire in an apparent gunfight.

    Jaylen was shot while sitting in the backseat of  a car that fateful day.

    The following morning, doctors informed her parents she wasn’t going to survive. Their suggestion was organ donation.

    Jaylen lives on through the  giving of at least two organs.

  • Changes in future for Farmer’s Market

    There’s nothing like having access to fresh vegetables. For several years, the Farmers Market on S.C. 9 has provided an opportunity to buy vegetables and fruits in season on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

    Recently, Lancaster County Council made some changes to the Farmers Market Commission. Council removed four members of the seven-member board and added three new ones.

  • Writer cancels paper over editorial

    I went back and reread The Lancaster News editorial, “Time to allow sale of alcohol on Sunday,” in the Aug. 1 edition. I think this is one of those times that The Lancaster News should have abstained. Since the paper did not take that position and is soliciting Lancaster residents to support the issue by signing a petition, I am stopping the delivery of the paper to my home.

    I have informed my Sunday school class of this matter and will continue to pass the word to everyone I come in contact with in the Lancaster area.

    John A. McManus

  • Joe Shaw's service earned him the Order of Palmetto

    Lancaster Mayor Joe Shaw’s community service work has earned him deserved recognition beyond the Lancaster County lines.

    Shaw, a Lancaster native and Lancaster High School graduate, was honored during the recent Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s annual State of the Community event with the Order of the Palmetto Award at the Fairway Room.

    The Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest civilian award for service, was created by Gov. John West in 1971 to honor lifetime achievement and service.

  • Acts of kindness should be done from the heart

    There’s a saying that I, and anyone older than 50, have heard. It goes something like, “Let the works I have done, what I’ve given and what I plan to do, speak for me. What I do should come from the heart and truly from the heart. Those deeds of goodness and kindness will be known by a higher power and should not be done for praise from man.”

    Most everyone has a lot on their plate and it is easy to get frustrated. But one day our works – both good and bad – will be noted.