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Today's Opinions

  • Platt was a blessing to many

    Whether it was a foreign country or in his native Palmetto State, John Platt was active in spreading love through the work of God.
    Platt, who served 15 years in Lancaster at the Moriah Baptist Association, gave 52 years of his 78 years to serving God and spreading his word, no matter where he was.
    A cancer victim, Platt died earlier this month.
    The personable Platt had a knack for achieving mission work through his strong leadership and passion for his ministry.

  • State scores an ‘F’ on integrity

    The resignation of former Lt. Gov. Ken Ard, followed shortly by his indictment and guilty plea, marks another milestone in the long road of ethical lapses by public officials in South Carolina. One might have thought that Lost Trust, the 1992 sting operation wherein several legislators were caught essentially selling their votes, would have served as a corrective for future politicians, but they continue to live up (or down) to expectations.

  • Race cars don’t tell the story

    When it comes to racing, cars don’t tell the story, people do.
    Sometime this year, you will hear Lancaster Speedway announcer and track spokesman Duane Goins mention the names of Timbo Mangum, Robbie Helms and a host of other track drivers.
    But chances are you won’t hear Goins mention the names of Danny “Pee Wee” Ellis and Brandon Holmes.
    But trust me, Helms knows who Pee Wee is, and Mangum knows who Holmes is. All you have to do is ask them.

  • County needs to fix local zoning issues now, not later

    As the March 21 ad hoc planning meeting at the Del Webb Library at Indian Land made clear, after three years of discussion and thousands of hours of effort, progress on the county zoning policy is, at best, zero, and may even be negative.
    The county is reaping the results of 15 years of the use of zoning by land speculators as a tool to make money rather than for its intended use as a tool to assist in the implementation of the future land-use portion of the county’s comprehensive plan.

  • Bass fishing classes should get the hook

    As a parent, I am dismayed that some state schools are pushing to establish bass fishing as an official high school team sport. For the sake of both our children and animals, school officials should give this idea the hook.
    Sanctioning the maiming and killing of fish for sport sends the message that violence toward others is acceptable – not a lesson that we should be teaching our kids.

  • It is not too late to nominate Gingrich

    The 2012 General Election can be compared to 1976 General Election. Gerald Ford, who was appointed president after President Richard Nixon’s White House corruption scandal, was up for re-election. 
    A GOP presidential candidate named Ronald Reagan was challenging Ford’s re-election. Reagan won his first GOP primary in North Carolina. The then-elite Republicans rejected Reagan by standing by Ford who ended up losing the general election to Jimmy Carter.

  • USCL Lancers impressive in fourth season of baseball

    The 2012 University of South Carolina Lancaster baseball season has been one of glowing proportions on the diamond.
    The Lancers, who are in their fourth year of play in National Junior College Athletic Association Region X, are having a landmark campaign.
    The Lancers started off strong, winning eight straight games to open the season.
    It was obvious coach Steve Williams’ team was going to be a force to reckon with this season.
    Any doubting Thomases about the prowess of the royal blue and gold soon saw how strong the Lancers were.

  • Mackey explains vote on Brook Drive project

    After the March 14 City Council meeting, I received several calls about my vote on the Brook Drive improvement project near the University of South Carolina Lancaster.
    I do my best to vote as fairly and honestly as possible. I feel confident in my decisions because I always seek guidance from God, who leads my life.
    The vote to approve the project was 4-3, including my vote. The opposition’s reasoning was that they felt they were betraying the residents of District 4 because Rock Street and Hampton Road also need paving.