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Today's Opinions

  • Starnes a tough act to follow in Kershaw

    Kershaw Town Council has a major task ahead.
    The council is in the process of finding a new town administrator with the resignation of Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
    Starnes, after careful consideration, said he made his decision to resign a few weeks ago.
    Starnes’ announcement was stunning to Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes, who was assured by Starnes he was just ready to “move on.”
    Starnes, 62, said he might want to do something else or just spend quality time with his family.

  • Habitat for Humanity is moving forward in county

    Did you know that Habitat for Humanity is ranked as one of the largest homebuilders in the world? Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is your local affiliate.
    Thanks to community support, partnerships with YouthBuild and volunteer assistance in the past, 11 families now have their very own home, a dream made possible and affordable by the Habitat program. Many more new homes are needed, but progress has been slow for several years with the sluggish economy. But that’s changing, thanks to your growing support.
    Penny Street progress

  • Today symbolizes our hope for future

    Easter is about hope – hope for ourselves, each other and the future. Today, Christians worldwide will celebrate that hope.
    The parallel between Easter and hope is obvious. For followers of Jesus Christ, it was a hopeless period when their tortured leader drew his last breath on a crude cross and his body placed in a tomb. Some hid in fear as they mourned his death. There was doubt – even among the disciples who were with him everyday. Was Jesus’ message real? What’s next?

  • Do we want to theorize or reform education?

    In education, as in everything else, there is a big difference between theory and practice. This difference is particularly noticeable among those who say they support school choice but don’t want that choice to extend beyond government schools.  Let’s talk about practice. In Georgia, 3,000 students with special needs are now attending independent schools that meet their specific learning needs. Each school was selected by that child’s own parents through a school choice program launched in 2007.

  • Export competitiveness, yet we import cronyism

    There are two kinds of companies who receive corporate welfare from Washington: successful businesses that don’t need it, and unsuccessful companies that don’t deserve it.
    Everything else you hear from politicians when corporate welfare comes up – rhetoric about public-private partnerships, about matching Europe’s subsidies of foreign competitors – is a big shiny ball waved around to distract you from the truth that they are mortgaging our children’s and grandchildren’s future to subsidize the politically-connected.

  • Insurance impossible for those who don’t have jobs

    I am writing concerning the proposed health care law that will require all Americans to buy insurance. This is a low blow from our president and government. Tell me how they can demand a person buy insurance if they can’t create jobs for us to afford to pay the premiums?
    America has forgotten the people who made America what it is today. We need jobs then we can afford insurance. We don’t need any president demanding us to do anything that we could do ourselves if we had jobs and could put people back to work.

  • Writer appreciates instructors’ assistance

    I would like to thank Chuck Small, Justin McClellan, Chris Nunnery, D. “Toothpick“ Ray and Randy White for taking so much of their valuable time to participate and assist in a program designed to facilitate the evacuation of students from a school bus in case of emergency. Their vast knowledge and skills helps to improve and develop our evacuation procedures.
    Again, I thank you for your generous donation of time and your dedication to the safety of our school children.

    Richard Pardue
    Lancaster
     

  • Modernize school and educator accountability

    Last month, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan issued a statement highlighting a federal report showing South Carolina had lowered proficiency standards in English and mathematics faster than any other state in the nation between 2005 and 2009.
    While I disagree with many policies of the current administration, on this point they are absolutely correct. Setting low expectations for students does not yield high levels of student learning.