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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Mentoring: An essential investment in tomorrow

    When you were a child or young adult, was there someone in your life—a teacher, neighbor, relative, coach, friend or boss—who encouraged you, showed you the ropes, and helped you become who you are today.  That person was a mentor to you.

  • Column: Assessing leadership on GOP debate stage

    I would like to present an observation from the Republican debates. I was watching to see who exhibited the qualities of a leader that I admire, and during one debate something came out that I remembered from my childhood.

  • Letter: Glad to see Bub Faile back on opinion page

    It’s been too long since we have heard from Bub Faile down in Kershaw. His Feb. 10 letter, “County council’s endless ideas for spending money,” tells it like it is.
    Mr. Faile questions the spending of tax dollars for stuff which ought to be carefully looked at. Yes, that convenience site in Camelot does seem a bit overboard from the ones us common folk have. And $300,000 for a county engineer makes me wonder how much more will the train cost.

  • Letter: Howard committed to community

    I am writing to recommend John Howard as the next mayor of the city of Lancaster. He has served 34 years as a member of city council. I submit John has earned your enthusiastic support as a result of his enduring commitment to the welfare of this fine community.
    From 1983 to 1994, I served as planning director and deputy administrator for Lancaster County. Thereafter, and until my retirement in 2009, I held the positions of city  administrator and finance director – a period of some 15 years.

  • Column: 1,300 churches join gun debate

    The mental images of churches and guns are about as incongruous as possible. Churches are quiet, reverent places of worship. They are places of peace, healing and comfort. Guns are loud, sudden and violent. They are about blood, pain and death.
    They exist in two different realms.
    Add to this the idea that S.C. churches and synagogues would get involved in nitty gritty politics – that they would delve into lobbying and legislative deal making – well, that’s more than many of us can fathom.

  • Column: Helms seeks another term as treasurer

    After five years as your county treasurer, I have decided to seek another term so I can continue working to put Lancaster County taxpayers first. Since I first took office in January 2011, I have been hard at work making sure county taxpayers have gotten the absolute best in customer service.
    Since taking office, I have been a hands-on public official. If you come to the Treasurer’s Office, you will usually find me there, working alongside my employees.

  • Letter: John Howard is trustworthy, a good steward of our money

    As a kid, I listened to John Howard when he was a DJ, and I’d call from time to time and request a song. As an adult, I’m still listening to him.
    A man’s word is his bond, and believe me you can take John Howard’s word to the bank. He might not always tell you what you want to hear, but he will always tell you the truth, and in the long run he’s usually right.

  • Column: Barbara Ann Howze, Hopewell UMC saved Buford Battleground

    There are those of us in the Buford area who are extremely pleased that the S.C. Battleground Preservation Trust will be partnering with a national battleground preservation group and the Katawba Valley Land Trust to preserve the Buford Battleground site for future generations.