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Today's Opinions

  • Absentee ballot issue is 'underhanded politics'

    I just read the story about a write-in campaign against Charlene McGriff for the Lancaster County Council District 2 seat. I cannot believe we are going through this same issue again with the numerous absentee ballot requests.

    Voters made their decision for McGriff in the Sept. 15 primary. This unofficial write-in with no name being disclosed is underhanded politics. Voters in District 2, I urge you to get out and vote on Nov. 3. This absentee ballot scam has got to stop. If it is not stopped, every election in District 2 could go through this process.

  • Honor Flight a good way to say thanks

    His jacket collar was askew. I reached around his neck and fixed it. With my hands still on his collar I looked him in the eyes and said, “Thank you.”

    I wasn’t sure he understood. Dementia had made its claim on the 85-year-old World War II veteran. But there was a slight smile and he nodded his head.

  • Become foster parent for parents during holidays

    The Humane Society and Pet Finders have joined countless other rescue groups across the nation to host a Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays Month.

    Locally we’d just like to call it Home for the Holidays. It is a way to get people to foster pets for the holidays to give them the most precious of gifts, a chance at life.

  • Spratt shows leadership in Congress

    I want to thank Congressman John Spratt for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the U.S. Congress. Congressman Spratt has become one of the leading experts on both the budget and defense. I respect his knowledge of the budget and the ability that he has to build consensus on reforming health care while insisting on fiscal discipline and accountability. Congressman Spratt listens to the concerns of the people and addresses an issue in detail. When you ask him a question you will get an honest answer.

  • Newspapers are reliable, accountable

    It’s National Newspaper Week and a good time to set the record straight about South Carolina’s 115 daily and weekly newspapers.

    Just like other businesses, newspapers, including The Lancaster News, are facing tight times in this tough economy.

    But unlike some highly-publicized big city newspapers, The Lancaster News isn’t going away.

    The Lancaster News will keep coming to you next week to tell you what’s going on in your community. And we should be thankful for that.

  • Healing Horses provides a needed service

    You may have found a couple of the photos that we ran with the Oct. 11 article on Healing Horses disturbing. In one photo, you can see horses tied to a tree.

    They were all malnourished and recently rescued by Healing Horses, a nonprofit organization in Van Wyck where abused horses find a haven for healing.

    In the photo of the three horses tied to the tree, you can clearly see the outline of ribs on the brown horse in the foreground.

    It’s a sad picture.

  • County needs to thank our volunteers

    I am a volunteer for the American Red Cross. At 10:15 p.m. Aug. 9, I was called to a fire off S.C. 75, going toward Waxhaw. I called the sheriff’s office to verify the location.

    But you couldn’t miss it because there were four volunteer fire departments, two EMS vehicles and an ambulance to help with the fire and dwelling. It was a big fire.

    I met with a firefighter who took my wife and me to meet the family, a couple with an 18-month-old baby. The woman was eight months pregnant.

  • S.C., Not a nation, not an insane asylum?

    While waiting in line for the Jungle Cruise ride at Walt Disney World several years ago, I talked with a charming family from upstate New York. It was the first trip to the Sunshine State for the 11-year-old girl, her mother and father.

    They were excited and chatted freely. Until they asked where we were from. At the moment I got South Carolina out of my mouth, the three almost collectively took a step back. And the chatting stopped.

    The gesture was so obvious it surprised me. I couldn’t figure out why I suddenly became so offensive.