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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Sims Foundation embracing a new direction

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation vision
    “We envision the communities we serve as places where all people join together to build on community assets for current and future generations, and where all people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation is continuing a journey that we started in 2016 – listening to the people we serve, reflecting on what we hear, and acting collaboratively with partners to strengthen our community.

  • Column: As proms begin, let’s be vigilant on DUI and drinking parties

    In 2001, the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth was formed and is now led by a network of over 40 local public, private, civic and faith-based organizations.
    Over that time, the coalition has worked to raise awareness and address a wide range of problem youth behaviors such as substance abuse, delinquency, teen pregnancy and gang affiliation.  
    One project sponsored by the coalition, “Take ‘U’ out of DUI,” addresses two important community problems: driving under the influence of alcohol and underage drinking.

  • Column: Keeping the conversation going about race, policing

    Almost six months ago, the “Let’s Talk About It” community forum was held at Lancaster High School to engage in a discussion related to violence, law enforcement and race.
    With almost 200 in attendance, the forum brought together people from different races, ages, socioeconomic groups and geographies.  With support from Sheriff Barry Faile and then-Police Chief Harleen Carter, the audience began the process of discussing ways to prevent violence and other problems from occurring in our community.  

  • Column: Democrats are redefining the party

    We are witnessing the revelation of the real Democratic Party.
    Democratic representatives in Washington have set aside their elected responsibilities to adopt one goal – “get Trump.” They don’t seem interested in legislating, only blocking whatever might be credited to Trump in a positive way.
    Democrats claim to be for the working man, but they wanted to block the pipeline that created thousands of jobs in construction and the steel industry. The Democrats want to block the wall, which also would create jobs.

  • Column: The conflicts of interest just keep coming in our Capitol

    Last week, as the state Senate discussed the so-called pension reform bill, Sen. Sandy Senn stood up to ask a few very specific questions about a proposed amendment and how it would affect law enforcement officers.
    In looking into why the Charleston Republican had a very narrow interest about what the bill would do for police, I found that she was an attorney who has worked for the S.C. Sheriffs Association, based on her Statement of Economic Interest.

  • Column: Sunshine on government is for the people, not the press

    It is Sunshine Week in South Carolina.
    The week is an annual nationwide celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community.
    But every week in our state, newspapers are stepping up to see that the public has access to government meetings and records.
    You might not know about these efforts, but if you read on you will learn of some of the outstanding ones entered this year into the S.C. Press Association’s Freedom of Information contests.          

  • Letter: See GOP candidates at county meeting

    Civic involvement is the key to good government, and the Republican Party encourages everyone to get involved.
    The Lancaster County Republican Party would like your involvement, including at our upcoming meeting at 7 p.m. March 23 at Mike Williams Builders, 1351 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster.

  • Column: Thank you, Lancaster, for your kindness and encouragement

    Somehow, I managed to convince my husband that we needed a family photo. So, there we are, standing in front of a pair of cedars out in the field.

    My husband and our daughter are to my right, and we’re all smiling for the camera. To my left is my son, Chad, and he’s staring off to the left at something only he can see, doing that thing he does with his hands. It’s a good shot, and it captures our family perfectly.