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Today's Opinions

  • We have many reasons to celebrate Arbor Day

    You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you’ve always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees.
     It’s important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren’t here by accident. The forests we enjoy today – which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits – are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past.

  • Employees should be allowed to attend services

    It is so sad when Christian employees who want to attend church on Sundays but cannot because they have to work. Some people say these employees should stand up to their boss and demand they that they be off. If you want to keep your job, you can’t do that. People have to make a living. And that is not easy in this day and time.
    It’s especially tough for these people when they have to work on Christmas and Easter. Usually stores are not that busy during church service times.

  • Daughter grateful for her father’s recognition  

    I am writing, first, to thank my Aunt Agnes Crawford Conway for the letter she wrote about my father concerning the history of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.
    My father was the fire chief from 1956 until he and my mother’s deaths in an auto accident in 1971. This history was documented in a cookbook published in 1988 or 1989.
    I can remember the men who were so committed to the fire department at that time. Most of them are gone now, but some of their wives are still with us today.

  • Letter writer apologizes for hurting family

    I’m sorry for the things I’ve put my family and their families through, as well as other families I’ve hurt in the process.
    And I want to reassure them that I will return to the person I was before I screwed up the last 15 years of my life.
    I want them to know that nothing was done intentionally to physically hurt anyone. But no excuses. I know, as well as you, that I can do better. And I will.
    God bless you all.

    RaShawn M. Peebles
    Lancaster
     

  • Businesses should value customer service

    Spring break finally arrived. I decided months ago it would be the perfect time to schedule doctor appointments for my teenage middle school daughter.
    Our dental exams were scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on April 18. Arriving 30 minutes early, I spoke with the lady at the front desk. She couldn’t find our appointment time or date. She repeatedly asked questions, constantly asking our last names. My daughter was a new patient, but I was not. She suggested I may be at the wrong doctor. I didn’t even know the doctor she mentioned.

  • School awards reflect teamwork

    Administrators, teachers and students at three county high schools have every reason to be proud these days.
    The S.C. Department of Education recently awarded Palmetto Awards to a trio of Lancaster County high schools.
    The awards, which have been presented for 10 years, honor schools that attain high levels on their report card’s absolute performance and growth ratings and substantial progress in closing the achievement gap between groups of students.

  • Our View: Easter is a time of hope

    Easter is really about hope – hope for ourselves, each other and the future. That pretty much sums up what Easter means to Christians worldwide.  
    The parallel between Easter and hope is obvious. For followers of Jesus Christ, it was a hopeless period when their tortured leader drew his last breath on a crude cross and his body placed in a tomb. Some hid in fear as they mourned his death. There must have been doubt. Was Jesus’ message real? What’s next?

  • Column: Let people see politicians in action

    Citizens who want to watch meetings of their local city or county council ought to be able to do so from the comfort of their own homes.
    Now, many people are able to, thanks to a growing movement to broadcast city and county council meetings.
    There are a couple of ways local governments can give citizens at home access to these important discussions. Some counties, such as Charleston, broadcast their meetings on cable television. Others, such as Horry, live-stream them on the Internet.