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Today's Opinions

  • Writer shares thoughts on Lancaster residents

    A couple of thoughts about some folks in Lancaster County:
    u I’m wondering how it’s working out at Lancaster County EMS since Lanny Bernard and Donald Hyatt left a year ago. I guess someone thought it was better to put someone else in charge. Now that person is gone. What’s the deal there?

  • Seniors appreciate shoeboxes

    I would like to say a special thank you to everyone who donated gifts to the “Shoebox for Seniors” project in December 2011. The project is sponsored each year by the Lancaster County Council on Aging.

  • Slutzky column: Americans need to work together to save our nation

    I read Bruce Miller’s column, “Put America first, not your political party,” in the Dec. 30, 2011, edition of The Lancaster News and I would like to respond.
    As I started to read it, I became a bit puzzled by his apparent confusion between “we” the American people and “we” the Republican Party. He appears to bunch them together as one and the same. He goes on to say that the Democrats are “partying” over the struggle for an identity by (his) party.

  • Bundy column: We suffer the consequences of federal debt

    At a recent meeting of some Lancaster area business people, I ran into an old friend who is now retired. Remembering that he was an avid golfer, I asked about his golf game. His reply was that he wasn’t playing any golf now, that he couldn’t afford it, even at the favorable rates of the Lancaster County Golf Club.

  • County purchases should have caused public outcry

    I am thrilled, but yet somewhat appalled at the outrage of the citizens of Lancaster County for being so humiliated by CNN’s coverage. Lancaster County taxpayers should have shown these same emotions and outcry last year when Lancaster County Council purchased the building site for the new EMS station in the Buford community.
    Council formed a committee combining the talents of three of our fine councilmen – Cotton Cole, Jack Estridge and Larry Honeycutt – to locate a site and return with recommendations.

  • Hardins grateful for community support

    On Dec. 29, 2009, our lives were forever changed. As parents, our worst nightmare had been realized.
    We lost our oldest daughter, Elyse Rebecca Hardin, 15, in a tragic automobile wreck. Little sister, Ashlyn, lost her only sibling. We had no idea how we would ever be able to get through the days that followed.
    Three of our dear friends, Rena Walker, Shannon Thorne, and Teresa Brown, knew that it would be important to us to turn this tragedy into something positive. There had to be a way to reach out and help the youth in our area and honor Elyse at the same time.

  • Why isn’t drunk driver still in jail?

    On Jan. 8, my daughter and I were the first ones on the scene of an accident on Harrisburg Road in Indian Land.
    The driver, William Justin Rigsbee of Indian Land, was drunk and there were open containers in the vehicle and all over the road.
    My 10-year-old daughter found the passenger, Steve Lee Jones of Charlotte, in a ditch. He had been thrown from the vehicle, which had flipped. The passenger died there. This was very traumatic for my daughter.
    I just found out that the drunk driver has been released from jail on bond.   

  • Oliver deserves to lead patrol

    Lancaster native Mike Oliver knew years ago as a mere teen he wanted to work in law enforcement.
    He just didn’t know his love for enforcing the law would lead him to the top of his profession in the Palmetto State.
    It has, as Oliver is now commander of the S.C. Highway Patrol after being named to the elite post in December by Leroy Smith, director of the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
    “I never dreamed that I would one day be the colonel,” Oliver said. “I’m honored. I know it’s a great responsibility.”