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Today's Opinions

  • Teamwork key in USC’s return to World Series

    The University of South Carolina baseball team, in recent seasons, has seemingly become a fixture in Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series.
    The Gamecocks are bidding for their third straight national crown after winning in 2010 and 2011.
    Getting there is sweet, but it’s not a given.
    When you’re the king of the hill, or in baseball terms, the man on the mound, it gets tougher each time. Along with that shining national championship trophy at the end of the season comes a major target on the team’s back for the following campaign.

  • Committee applauds smoking ban effort

    The Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, a network of 40 public, private, civic and faith-based partners, is writing in full support of the Health and Wellness Commission’s effort to implement a smoke-free policy throughout Lancaster County.  
    While there have been several letters to the editor printed in response against this policy, we believe that much of this discussion can be characterized as misguided and misinformed.

  • Red Rose Festival had something for everybody

    All we can say is “wow.”  
    I hope all the Red Rose Festival organizers have recovered from the two-day event.
    It was obvious to us that a tremendous amount of time, energy and effort had gone into the planning and production of this event. Those who made it happen did a great job and by the time it was over, I’m sure they were happily exhausted.

  • Pressley’s issue shows need for public attention

    Just when Lancaster County residents thought the specter of
     trash mountains was laid to rest, at least for awhile, another reared its head in the middle of Indian Land.
    A growing mountain of trash at Pressley’s Recycling Center Inc., was discovered in late October, after a very public battle over the proposed “Project December” landfill in southern Lancaster County and the fear that the Foxhole construction and demolition debris landfill just north of the state line would begin accepting household waste last year.

  • You learn something new every day

    I don’t have a clue as to who Ray LeBlond is (or was for that matter), but he said something I can identify with.
    LeBlond is credited with the quotation, “You learn something every day if you pay attention.”
    So true, so true.
    Take this little jewel of knowledge I stumbled across this past weekend. After buying a bag of ice, I read the label. At the bottom of the bag, it said, “made from filtered water.”

  • Don’t forget to go vote in primary

    On Tuesday, June 12, registered voters across the state will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in their government.
    In Lancaster County, there are only two races on the ballot – Republicans vying for the Lancaster County Council District 3 seat and the newly created District 7 seat in Indian Land.

  • Banning bath salts intensifies illegal activity

    Methylenedioxypyrovalerone, commonly referred to as “bath salts,” is a dangerous synthetic drug that causes drug-induced psychosis. It has been linked to the May 26 assault in Miami where Rudy Eugene, who had stripped naked after overheating on the drug, ate the face off of Ronald Poppo, a homeless man known to be insane.
    Eugene continued his assault even after being shot by a law enforcement officer who was flagged down by a witness. He was subsequently shot and killed.

  • It is past time for citizens to take back Lancaster County

    Lancaster County Council tabled the proposed B-3 ordinance at its May 21 meeting with comments from council members Charlene McGriff and Kathy Sistare that they “would not be stampeded into doing anything.”
    These comments seem to have been triggered by a flood of e-mails from the public expressing frustration at the refusal of council to allow the B-3 ordinance on the agenda for the May 14 meeting.