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Today's Opinions

  • Seniors grateful for shoe box gifts

    The Council on Aging Heath Springs Lunch Bunch, home-delivered seniors, Heath Springs community shut-in seniors, Mount Calvary Outreach seniors in Kershaw and Kershaw community shut-in seniors would like to express our utmost appreciation to the Hillside High School Class of 1970 for the wonderful shoe box gifts for Christmas.
    Words cannot adequately express our sincere appreciation to the class of 1970 for the love you have shown us.
    Please be assured that the boxes contained useful items that will carry us well into the new year.

  • New monument is for all Lancaster County veterans

    Charles Ussery is vice president of the Heath Springs Veterans Monument Committee  

    Veterans Remembered is written in support of the veterans monument being built for all veterans of Lancaster County in hopes that it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support to the Veterans Monument Project.

  • Candidates must be truthful and trustworthy

    The Republican primary election for Senate District 16 is over.  The voters have spoken – loudly and clearly – that Greg Gregory is the best person for this office. Greg will represent us competently and energetically as he has done in the past. The citizens of Lancaster County should be very grateful that he chose to return to politics.

    Congratulations, Greg.

  • Ounce of prevention worth pound of cure

    In recent weeks, the debate on the county’s dog ordinances has come back into the spotlight. I have read several criticisms of the current ordinances and as one of the members of the committee who helped write these, I wished to address my views on this very important topic.

  • Family Promise making a difference

    Family Promise has had a drastic impact on Lancaster County. For nearly two years now, Lancaster area churches have reached out to homeless families in an effort to give them a lift.
    Family Promise is a pioneering nonprofit organization dedicated to helping America’s low-income families secure lasting independence. Some 161 affiliates and 130,000 volunteers spanning 41 states provide annual assistance to more than 45,000 citizens.
    In 1988, the program went national and moved into communities across the nation, including Lancaster.

  • Back-row view of state spending problems

    We sit on the back row of the S.C. Senate, with a fairly good view of the good, the bad and the ugly in our state’s government.
    One of us is a Democrat and one of us is a Republican. But more important than party affiliation is a  commitment to responsible and honest government in our state. That’s why we have joined together to condemn the recent action of the Budget and Control Board to approve deficit spending by South Carolina agencies.

  • Protect the votes of those who protect our freedom to vote

    Although there’s no way to adequately express our thanks to the men and women who have made sacrifices in defending our nation, South Carolinians have always believed in doing our part to return the favor.
    I dare say that nowhere in America, nowhere in the world, will you find more patriotic citizens than right here in South Carolina – people who understand that freedom comes at great cost, and who offer their gratitude and support to those who serve.

  • Our country is losing its precious values

    In the aftermath of the Tucson shootings, I have begun to ask myself, once again, can the center hold?
    Some years ago, I discovered the lines of William Butler Yeats in his poem, “The Second Coming,” which he wrote in 1919 just after World War I. These lines from its first stanza haunt me to this day.
    “… Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned,