Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • World War II vet wants to set record straight

    I am an 88-year-old veteran of World War II who served proudly with the 1st Marine Division in Okinawa and China.

    After viewing the recent war series, “Pacific,” on HBO, I am angry and embarrassed with the constant use of the “F” word while depicting Marines in battle.

    I went into the front line on Okinawa on May 9, 1945 with the 1st Marine Division. Fighting could only be described as pure hell. I never heard the “F” word.

  • State budget slashes government spending

    As your S.C. House representative for District 45, one of the most important issues I must tackle is the state’s budget. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about out-of-control spending and government waste.

    Conservative-minded citizens have rallied together to send that message strongly to their elected officials and, as a relative newcomer to the statehouse, I cannot express my thanks enough for your activism.