Today's Opinions

  • Writer supports Barrett for governor

    Please vote in the June 22 runoff even if your candidate was not one of the top two vote-getters. The selection of a person to be the governor of our state is a very important one. The person for that job is Gresham Barrett.

    Duly elected officials, even when they are running for higher office, must go to their job and vote on legislation, especially their own. I do not want a governor who can’t be responsible.

    Lynne Carroll

    Indian Land


  • Legal system should operate fairly, quickly

    In a recent column, retired Judge Don Rushing correctly stated that it is the people in the judicial system who are the problem, and not the system itself.

    However, in that same column, Judge Rushing appears to disparage the people’s right to criticize a system that is clearly broken, regardless of the reason.

    To emphasize my point, let’s take a look at the case that dominated the news in the days immediately following the publication of Judge Rushing’s column. It was a case from Utah concerning a murderer named Ronnie Lee Gardner.

  • Spend time with your dad today

    Today is a red letter day for all you dads out there. It’s Father’s Day and, if you’re lucky, you can look forward to a special meal, a hand-lettered card from a small child or grandchild and of, course, the ubiquitous necktie.

    Since 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day, Americans have set aside that day to honor their fathers and grandfathers.

  • Join effort to save library funding

    Tuesday is a critical day for South Carolina  library users and supporters.

    Gov. Mark Sanford has vetoed all state aid for public libraries. Library supporters must act now to urge the Legislature to overturn vetoes 31 and 92.

    The General Assembly meets Tuesday to consider overriding these and 105 other vetoes.

    The governor is working hard to secure the votes he needs to sustain his vetoes. We have never faced anything like this before, and the result will be devastating to library services in Lancaster County.

  • Writer thanks person who returned purse

    On June 1, while visiting my parents, we made our usual visit to Walmart. This visit turned out to be anything but usual. After loading our bags in the car, we returned to my parents’ house. I then took my mom to the doctor.

    As I started to get out of the car, I noticed that my purse was not in the car. I called my dad and he looked around the house with no luck. I then realized I had left it in the shopping cart at Walmart. We returned to Walmart where I looked in the closest trashcans with no luck.

  • Old jail is worth saving

    Do we save it or let it go? That’s the question Lancaster County officials are facing with the historic jail building on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster.

    The top of the building is sinking and an engineer has told the county the building could collapse. The building hasn’t been used as a jail in years, but has housed the county’s Emergency Operation Center, Lancaster County Fire Service and Emergency Management. After a structural engineer informed the county of the problem, the operation center was moved out of the building.

  • Vet staff treated Maggie like their own pet

    I want to thank Faulkner Animal Hospital and all the staff there for their care and concern for my pet poodle, Maggie. My poodle had multiple problems like blindness, along with diabetes. She was like a family member to us. The doctor and staff there treated her above and beyond what most animal facilities would have done. They ran tests and explained to me in layman’s terms what they meant and what we could try next.

    They watched her constantly for several days and did everything they could for her.

  • Writer praises Dance Works Unlimited

    Recently, Dance Works Unlimited held its spring recital at the Lancaster High School auditorium. I attended the afternoon performance at which a selection was choreographed to the song sung at the graveside of Elyse Hardin.

    Ashlyn, Elyse’s sister, appeared radiant in white as if an angel ascending to heaven. I was moved to tears and felt the pangs of grief my cousins are feeling with the untimely death of Elyse. Elyse was killed in an automobile accident during the past Christmas holidays.