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Today's Opinions

  • Remember reason for Memorial Day

    Now is the perfect time to recognize the men and women who are serving in our military throughout the world. Monday is Memorial Day. A day set aside to pay tribute and honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

    For many people, Memorial Day is a day off from work, a summertime kickoff with an extended, three-day weekend. But Memorial Day really isn’t supposed to be about having fun. Its true purpose is to honor the men and women who gave their lives fighting for this country in times of war.

  • Mr. Ben’s legacy is one of caring

    An education career, marked by the admirable qualities of dedication and longevity, is steadily winding  to a close.

    Arthur Benjamin, better known as “Mr. Ben,” is retiring from the Lancaster County School District.

    Benjamin has been involved with education for the last 43 years, including the past seven and a half at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

  • Wreck victim grateful for angels

    In a world where we hear plenty of complains, the following are words of heartfelt gratitude and praise.

    I have nothing but gratitude for the angels of mercy who came to my aid on the afternoon of May 20 when my Toyota Prius ran off the road on Hubbard Drive, flipped over and left me pinned upside down.

  • Going green affects a lot of people

    I always look forward to reading The Lancaster News and finding out what is going on in our surrounding community. Boy, I got a shock when I read where some of our County Council members are pushing “going green.”

    With a paper mill located just over the county line, that doesn’t make a lot of sense. There are a number of Lancaster County residents who are employed there.

  • Graduates: The whole wide world awaits you

    Graduation Day. For 815 young men and women, today is that day. They will march across a stage at one of four high school commencement ceremonies and become graduates of either Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land or Lancaster high schools.

    It’s usually a bittersweet occasion. Parents usually glow with pride, but often get weepy-eyed about how fast their little boy or girl has grown up. “Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday that you were starting first grade,” they say.

  • Of course we can house Guantanamo prisoners

    The notion that we can’t bring the 250 or so terrorists who need to stay locked up from Guantanamo to this country and lock them up here is pure nonsense.

    The talking heads keep referring to these people as “super criminals” or “the most dangerous people alive.” This is good fiction, but that is all it is – fiction. Our regular state penitentiaries are full of people just as dangerous, if not more so, than they are.

  • Government agencies don’t seem to care

    Editor’s note: The following letter is addressed to Keith Tunnell, director of Lancaster County Economic Development.

    Sir, can you tell me if you will be at the next Lancaster County Council meeting? If not, can you please make plans to be there.?

  • South Carolina veterans take a very special flight

    Returning to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport from Washington D.C., the terminal was packed with adoring greeters – some active military, many veterans.

    There were lots of families, at least one of which with four generations on hand. There were law enforcement personnel and troops of Boy Scouts. There were balloons, signs, banners, flags, and salutes. Some wept. An Army band played patriotic music.

    It was a fitting end to a daylong trip all of us will remember for a lifetime.