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Today's Opinions

  • Hadicol, spaceships rock small world in the 1950s

    As a small boy in the 1950s, I lived in a very small world; and that world was ruled by people twice my size. Other than the farm, I knew Kershaw, Heath Springs; and I went to Lancaster once to see a tooth doctor. That’s a whole nother story. The best thing about Lancaster was Macs Hamburgers on Main.

  • Keep the city pool open

    When are we going to start putting our children first? I was forced to ponder this question when I was informed that Lancaster County Council voted not to jointly own the the city pool with the city of Lancaster.

    Closing the pool would affect numerous kids, including members of the recreation and the high school swim teams, and others who use the pool during the summer. It is disheartening that we can build a $33 million courthouse, but fail to invest in the future – our children.

  • City seeks to do away with annexation notification

    Are you a county resident who happens to receive water and sewer service from the city of Lancaster? If so, you probably remember that little agreement you had to sign that said if the city limits ever came up to your property line that you agreed to be automatically annexed into the city of Lancaster.

  • Shootings make case for making autopsy reports public in S.C.

    Michael Smith
    Carolina ForestChronicle
    Officer-involved shootings in Ferguson, Mo. and other cities further illustrate why autopsy reports should be made available to the public, according to state lawmakers and open government experts.
    Now a bill prefiled in the State Senate could make that a reality.
    Senate Bill 10 amends the S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to specifically make autopsy reports public information.

  • S.C. Supreme Court’s new role: Education czar

    The S.C. Supreme Court issued a momentous decision Nov. 12. In a case that’s been going on for years, three out of five justices ruled that the state has failed to meet its constitutionally required obligation to provide a “minimally adequate” education to students in eight suing school districts.

    As a result, the court has ordered both the plaintiff districts and the defendants (representatives of the state) to reappear before the court and present a plan to address the constitutional violation. The resulting plan will have to be approved by the court.

  • Mail carriers important to all of us

    Ever so often you feature on your opinion page views from political party stalwarts pointing out the errors of the other party.

    I recently read another article dealing with problems in our postal system. Seems Congress has taken Mr. Ben Franklin’s dream and darn near drove it in the ground. They have a bunch of folks called governors who ain’t up to full force making a whole lot of poor choices on how to run a post office business.

  • New Year’s resolutions for S.C.

    This is the time for New Year’s resolutions and I have a few for our state.

    But first, some interesting, though not terribly surprising, poll results: Most of us make resolutions and we are really bad about sticking to them.

    A recent University of Scranton poll says that 45 percent of us usually make a New Year’s resolution and another 17 percent occasionally do. The rest of us, 38 percent, don’t even bother.

  • Family’s roots and wings are interconnected

    The tale told here portrays a conversion-instilling vision. Namely, that a parent can really give a child only two things – “roots and wings.”*

    The grace of these gifts becomes evident in the story that molds the child. The intriguing providence, so striking in the telling, teaches a harsh wisdom, suspended between irony and tragedy.

    Such is the case involving world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Rocco Armonda, whose exciting career culminates at the acme of discovering a new healing “construct.”