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Today's Opinions

  • Gus Deligiannidis: Small Business of the Year

    Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Steve Sherrill honoring Gus Deligiannidis, owner of Gus’s Family Restaurant and Gus’s Family Pizza, as the Lancaster chamber’s Small Business of the Year. Coming Sunday: Jackie Brown.

  • Letter: Sensible gun regulations would close loopholes in gun laws

    This is a response to Dr. L. Brooks Walker’s Jan. 17 column about the president issuing executive orders to strengthen gun regulation to help weed out potential mentally ill buyers of firearms by expanding background checks and for unlicensed people selling guns at gun shows, without the buyer going thru a background check. These executive orders are sensible improvements to close loopholes in current gun laws.
    Obviously, the National Rifle Association and Dr. Walker don’t agree. They immediately proclaim the move a “gun grab.”

  • Letter: McKenzie has served this community well, and I support him

    When I read The Lancaster News story listing the final slate of candidates for mayor, I had to smile. Anyone who has been paying attention will know that Paul McKenzie has been running for mayor for the past 19 years. He just now made it official!
    I have watched him serve on practically every nonprofit board in Lancaster, helping to shape a vision for the future, volunteering to design projects and secure funding.

  • Don Gardner: Business Person of the Year

    Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Nutramax Laboratories founder Bob Henderson honoring Don Gardner, retired senior vice president at First Citizens Bank, as the Lancaster chamber’s Business Person of the Year. Coming Friday: Gus Deligiannidis.

  • Letter: Incorporation need not include Van Wyck or $8M budget

    The Voters for the Town of Indian Land gave a very impressive PowerPoint presentation on incorporating Indian Land to Indian Land Action Council on Jan. 21.
    The $8 million budget is somewhat grand. Property tax is not something residents wanted to hear.
    The biggest problem was the incorporation boundaries, which include Van Wyck and extend south to S.C. 5. This seems to be a political move that the residents in that area do not want. I have to agree; there is no reason, except political greed, to include the area south of Indian Land Fire District.

  • Column: Leave Van Wyck alone

    Indian Land and Van Wyck have been bombarded recently with proposals to incorporate the entire northern half of the Panhandle into one big town. Van Wyck residents clearly showed at a Jan. 12 town meeting that they believe this proposal is wrong for Van Wyck and that it is wrong for the Voters for the Town of Indian Land to forcibly incorporate Van Wyck into Indian Land against its will.

  • Column: Lucas addresses 3 crucial issues in Haley’s speech

    S.C. House Speaker Jay Lucas, whose District 65 includes southeastern Lancaster County, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s Jan. 20 State of the State address:

    The people of South Carolina faced unthinkable challenges last year, but were able to persevere because of our strong and steadfast sense of community.

  • Column: Hospital CEO started as nurse’s aide in 1966

    Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Rick Jiran, Duke Energy’s director of government and community relations, from Thursday night’s annual Lancaster chamber annual awards banquet. We will publish the speeches honoring each of this year’s five major honorees. Coming Wednesday: Don Gardner.

    “The best way to find yourself,” Mahatma Gandhi said, “is to lose yourself in the service of others.”