Today's Opinions

  • S.C. Legislature is facing challenges

    As many of you know, the S.C. Legislature meets from January until about June each year. This means about a week from now state lawmakers will be back in Columbia.

    While each year brings unexpected developments – neither Boeing nor the governor’s misdeeds were on the radar at the outset of 2009 – there are a couple of matters that will definitely get a lot of attention this year:


  • Woman seeks help finding Roxie

    I am writing this letter because I want everyone to know that I lost my best friend on Oct. 27. She was friendly, playful, sweet and the love of my life. She is a golden retriever named “Roxie.” I have done everything I know to get her back.

    Maybe someone who is reading this has taken her in and doesn’t know she is mine. She is micro-chipped. Roxie was wearing a teal blue harness when she broke loose from her tags at a park in Waxhaw.

  • Practice caution celebrating new year

    It’s time to ring in a new year. In doing so, many will have partying in mind as they wind down 2009 and welcome 2010.

    Many of these parties will include alcohol, a common practice.

    New Year’s Eve, the threshold of “out with the old and in with the new,” often involves drinking alcohol.

    We don’t mean to throw cold water on celebrations, but there should be planning and caution in making a good time just that.

    We want folks to have a good time, make no mistake, but think before you drink, or drink too much.

  • Council honors a trio of stars

    Lancaster County Council recently honored a trio of state champion softball teams.

    The three Lancaster County state softball champion teams were the toast of the council chambers after their splendid summer title runs.

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission Mites soccer all-stars captured a pair of wins at James Island.

    The Lancaster County Mites stars, ages 11-12, defeated Conway 2-0 to open the state tournament and then completed the title task with a 3-2 overtime win over Beaufort.

    The tight win over Beaufort came in an overtime thriller.

  • So much depends on an accurate Census count

    Have you started making New Year’s resolutions yet? This year make a resolution that you can keep.

    Forget about going on diets; it doesn’t work. I have tried and still weigh way more than I should. This year make a resolution to promptly complete the U.S. Census form when it arrives in your mailbox in March.

    This year that should be an easy resolution. There are no more long forms. In 2010, everyone gets the short, 10-question Census form. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the form and put back in the postage paid envelope.

  • Good to be home for holidays

    The first Christmas card that arrived in my new mailbox marked the official establishment of my place back home.

    The old house I inherited, once dim and lonely, now joins others along Forest Drive in heralding the season with decorations and lights. And it appears Santa’s reindeer have found a permanent home here, too.

    For years, I had yearned to look out the windows of the breakfast room to watch the birds flock to the dogwood trees.

  • Hargett deserves recognition

    Robin Hargett is a Lancaster County hero. She has a special honor to remind her of a noble act.

    At a Lancaster County Council meeting earlier this month, Hargett was presented one of the original handmade bricks from the historic Lancaster County courthouse.

    Hargett’s alert action came during the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2008.

    A waitress at Leigh Anne’s restaurant on Catawba Street, Hargett had arrived at work at 5 a.m. that summer morning.

  • It’s important to set the record straight

    I feel obligated to set the record straight. Lou Desser, of Indian Land, made a serious error of fact when he expressed his disagreement with my recent letter to the editor.

    In my letter, I strongly criticized President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for their decision to move the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of 9/11, from Guantanamo to a New York City federal court.