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Today's Opinions

  • Right to free speech no matter how inconistent

    I am writing in response to Rudy Schmidt’s letter, “Man challenges ‘facts’ in previous letter.”

    While the hate group he referred to in his rebuttal may have been originally connected to the not-so-mainstream Southern Democrats, they are currently classified as “extreme right-wing” and as a terrorist organization under the Department of State guidelines.

  • Hunter deserves Order of Palmetto

    The first convocation of the 2009-10 academic year at Charleston Southern University will likely have a lasting impact on Lancaster native Jairy C. Hunter.

    A surprised Hunter, the CSU president, was presented the prestigious Order of Palmetto at the Lightsey Chapel Auditorium on Sept. 9.

    The presentation came before Hunter was to address faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.

    The Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor awarded by the state of South Carolina, recognizes a person’s lifetime achievements and contributions to the state.

  • Night of fury brought community together

    Trips to Charleston, our state’s proclaimed “Port City,” are a fun time, usually a vacation, but it never fails that along the way, I usually recall a memorable, challenging night some 20 years ago.

    That would be Sept. 21, 1989. If that doesn’t ring a bell, then this will – Hugo as in Hurricane Hugo.

  • 9/11 program organizer appreciates support

    I would like to thank everyone who participated in and all who attended the eighth annual Sept. 11 remembrance program at the Fort Lawn Community Center on Sept. 11.

    Richard A. Hulse

    Fort Lawn

  • Schools should prepare kids for game of life

    I’m amazed by the amount of time and energy schools invest in our young men’s athletic careers. Yet, only 60 seconds is given to an athlete’s academic standing. There are too many athletes being passed from one grade to another just because they are great athletes. But their reading skills and math skills are below performance level.

  • Homeless shelter might have helped Henry Hearn

    I have never written in The Lancaster News before now. I was waiting my turn in the doctor’s office and picked up The Lancaster News to read about Henry Hearn hanging in the county detention center. I do not know him and never heard his name.

    It troubles me to know that someone homeless and living in the woods can be arrested for criminal domestic violence. How is this man supposed to fight these charges when he doesn’t even have the cash to buy food or cigarettes? I’m not a drinker, but if I were in his position I may consider taking a drink myself.

  • Investigation shows no employees removed signs

    A recent Lancaster News story reported that pizza signs have been allegedly removed and discarded by Lancaster County employees. Lancaster County takes such allegations seriously and at my direction, building official Bill Anderson commenced an internal investigation. The results were recently communicated to me and it revealed that no Lancaster County Building and Zoning employee removed and discarded any pizza signage.

  • You can’t please everyone

    Editor’s note: Lancaster resident Sherrill Mullis’ following letter was published in the Oct. 25, 1989, edition of The Lancaster News.

    Mr. Duke Power: