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Today's Opinions

  • Payne needs facts before spouting his hogwash

    Paging Ryan Payne. Earth to Ryan Payne. Please come in Ryan Payne, who wrote the guest column, “Neal, Legislature got it wrong with Amazon,” in the Sept. 25 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Did you hear that Continental Tire is opening a new plant in Sumter? Yeah, Sumter. They’re going to bring 1,700 jobs and this opening has been praised by the local Tea Party hero, Mick Mulvaney.

  • Two fires to be set at Fire Expo Saturday at Walmart

    “Sometimes people just need to see it to believe it,” said Les Woods, president of the S.C. Fire and Life Safety Education Association (SC FALSE).
    That’s why SC FALSE will intentionally light two fires in front of a live audience at noon Saturday at Walmart, 805 S.C. 9 Bypass West, during the 17th annual Fire Safety Expo.

  • What happened to the county fair this year?

    Someone somewhere owes the people of Lancaster County a very big apology. I only hope that person is man (or woman) enough to own this huge mistake, step forward and offer some type of explanation as to where the county fair went this year.

  • We can make Constitution better

    On Sept. 17, we celebrated Constitution Day – the 224th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Volumes have been written about this document, as the Constitution has been a centerpiece of political discourse for over two centuries. This column is  about one small part of it that doesn’t often get a lot of attention – how to make it better.

  • Hospice care available for those who need it

    No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s United Hospice of the Piedmont.

  • Poverty impacting children, our future

    Chronic and increasing unemployment. Home foreclosures. Loss of health insurance. More homeless families. All of these factors paint a bleak economic picture. But this is not a startling revelation. We’re all fully aware of our economic conditions. But some recently released data does reveal some startling statistics.
    According to the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the U.S. Census, the economy is having a negative impact on the most vulnerable of society – children.

  • Writer praises law officers

    I would like to thank our Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. This man has a tremendous load to handle. He is doing a wonderful job. He comes from a law enforcement background and he knows every aspect of law enforcement.
    We, as a society, are quick to criticize. But when praise is due, we forget.
    I, for one, call them every holiday and thank them and also our Police Chief Harlean Howard. She is also doing a great job. She is an asset to the city of Lancaster. God bless you too, Chief Howard.
    These people risk their lives every day for us.

  • ‘Coach’ personified tough love, on and off the mat

    Indian Land High School assistant principal David Sweem’s words resonated with me as we discussed coach Mike Kersey earlier this week.
    Coach Kersey died Tuesday afternoon as a result of an ATV accident at his Van Wyck home last Saturday afternoon.
    Since that time, there’s been an outpouring of emotion, much woven through the many stories of Kersey’s impact on the youngsters, both elementary school and high school students, he touched over the course of a 17-year career education career in Lancaster County.