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Today's Opinions

  • Touching words too late for 3-year-old

    Touching words too late for 3-year-old

    I read Betty Ann Stevens’ letter, “Young need to put down guns, parents need to speak up,” in the July 29 edition of The Lancaster News. 

    There were some touching words in the letter. But those words were too late for my 3-year-old granddaughter, Jaylen Jackson. She lost her life to the negligence of others when she was shot and killed when she got caught in a crossfire.

  • Don't forget about the residents of Edenmoor

    The troubled Edenmoor development in Indian Land has been in the news regularly for the last few months. 

    Many of the stories have been long and complicated because the issues surrounding the stalled development are complex, involving the county’s Forfeited Land Commission, developers, financiers, tax and bond sales and pending contracts. And much of what has taken place has been behind closed doors, making it even more difficult to make sense of what’s going on.

  • $20 tape recorder will end illegal executive sessions

    I got a call from a school board member recently asking what to do when her board goes into executive session and then talks about things that cannot legally be discussed there.
    “Can I speak out about this without being sanctioned?” she asked.

  • Online learning is a solution for South Carolina public education

    Imagine a public education system able to provide access to high-quality instruction, regardless of where a student lives.
    Imagine schools able to give individualized instruction to potential dropouts. Or course offerings that encourage students to master their studies, instead of simply show up for class.
    In fact, this vision for the state’s public school system already exists; it’s called online learning.

  • Cauthen served his community

    Dennis Cauthen was trying to help fellow firefighter Randy White find the right word. White was describing how it felt for the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department to be one of several fire departments trying to save the blazing historic Lancaster County Courthouse that early Aug. 4 morning in 2008.
    “Honored,” said Cauthen, fire chief. “We’re honored to have helped the city (of Lancaster) and other departments save the courthouse.”

  • Wall-to-wall football is on agenda for tonight

    If you’re a high school football fanatic, then make plans to be at Andrew Jackson High School’s Volunteer Stadium tonight.
    The annual Founders Federal Kickoff Classic, a prep football jamboree, will feature wall-to-wall football.
    The scrimmage is the only time during the high school season that a fan can see all four county football teams in action at one site.
    That’s special, but only a part of the gridiron play.

  • MacArthur was right – we’ve had our last chance

    At the close of World War II, just following the surrender of the Japanese on board the battleship Missouri in Tokyo Bay, the late Gen. Douglas MacArthur said, “Men since the beginning of time have sought peace.

  • Financial transparency for public colleges, universities much-needed

    On Aug. 3, I was proud to join Gov. Nikki Haley and others for a bill-signing ceremony at TriCounty Technical College’s satellite campus in Easley.
    It was a special day for me, because the legislation she was signing into law was a higher education transparency bill I have long championed. Under the new law, South Carolina’s state-supported colleges and universities must disclose their monthly spending details on their websites.