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Today's Opinions

  • Shaw deserves Order of Palmetto

    I’ve known Joe Shaw more than 50 years, and I’ve never met anyone who was as big a booster for the Lancaster community. His receipt of the Order of the Palmetto is very deserving.

    As a 10-year-old at the old Central Elementary School, Joe volunteered his time to serve as my football coach. He devoted untold hours in public service as a member of the Lancaster Jaycees.

  • We need jobs here, not just Indian Land

    Once again, the county has been snookered into believing that a company coming into the county will actually help reduce the unemployment rate in the county. The article was about Red Ventures not hiring Lancaster residents, possibly because of their Southern accent.

    Hiring only 27 people from Lancaster is a joke and a slap in the  face to the county. Granted, the county does have a high rate of individuals who have poor reading skills, as pointed out in past articles. Even so there should be more than 27 people who could be hired by Red Ventures.

  • Election day is just right around the corner

    This is our story of why we decided to retire in Lancaster and why we will vote “yes” to re-elect Mayor Joe Shaw, the only real choice in this mayoral race.

    We are Carole and Charlie Seng, both Lancaster residents. We took a long and unusual journey before we finally settled here permanently. We were raised in Fort Wayne, Ind., and lived there for many years.

  • Make your voice your vote

    The November elections are fast approaching and if the working class people want to be heard, then they need to vote. There are only six weeks left to register to be able to vote in November. Please register and vote this November so we can remove the idiots from office.

     

    Francis Ghent

    Lancaster

     

  • Family seeks nurse to thank her for help

    On Aug. 19, I thought my life had changed forever and, in many ways, it did. By change, I mean I thought I was losing my dad to a sudden attack while he was shopping in Kmart. One minute, he was shopping for a bike, and the next minute, he blacked out and was lying on the floor, due to a dangerously low heart rate. There were no warning signs. In the blink of an eye, he could have been gone. There was a nurse in the store shopping. When she realized my dad wasn’t OK, she helped him and stayed with him until the paramedics arrived.

  • 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…”