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Today's Opinions

  • Graduates: The whole wide world awaits you

    Graduation Day. For 815 young men and women, today is that day. They will march across a stage at one of four high school commencement ceremonies and become graduates of either Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land or Lancaster high schools.

    It’s usually a bittersweet occasion. Parents usually glow with pride, but often get weepy-eyed about how fast their little boy or girl has grown up. “Where did the time go? It seems like yesterday that you were starting first grade,” they say.

  • Of course we can house Guantanamo prisoners

    The notion that we can’t bring the 250 or so terrorists who need to stay locked up from Guantanamo to this country and lock them up here is pure nonsense.

    The talking heads keep referring to these people as “super criminals” or “the most dangerous people alive.” This is good fiction, but that is all it is – fiction. Our regular state penitentiaries are full of people just as dangerous, if not more so, than they are.

  • Government agencies don’t seem to care

    Editor’s note: The following letter is addressed to Keith Tunnell, director of Lancaster County Economic Development.

    Sir, can you tell me if you will be at the next Lancaster County Council meeting? If not, can you please make plans to be there.?

  • South Carolina veterans take a very special flight

    Returning to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport from Washington D.C., the terminal was packed with adoring greeters – some active military, many veterans.

    There were lots of families, at least one of which with four generations on hand. There were law enforcement personnel and troops of Boy Scouts. There were balloons, signs, banners, flags, and salutes. Some wept. An Army band played patriotic music.

    It was a fitting end to a daylong trip all of us will remember for a lifetime.

  • USCL important to future of Lancaster

    The issue to consider is whether Gov. Mark Sanford should close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus or leave its doors open. This argument has been going on but the issue has only been resolved shortly. I disagree with the governor, as I do with many things. This university has brought many innovations to our county and it should remain open. Many businesses in our county are being closed and companies are moving to other countries.

  • Joint effort is needed to restore mill village

    My name is Betty Price. I moved back to the mill village last year. I was 15 when Mom and Dad bought property up U.S. 521.

    Now I am 66 years old. Since police officers have made a showing, it is better already. One officer said they were going to build a substation. They need to put it in a house on the mill village.

  • The promised change is already here

    What is going on? Our government says we’re out of a depression and our economy is doing great. Not. Our gasoline prices are going up because the oil people lost $54 billion from lat year. Do they not remember what happened last year? Does anyone have common sense up in Washington? Or does anyone really care about America? The good old boy club has the same people they’ve always had and we’re the losers.

  • Share memories of mill village with family

    Share memories of mill village with family

    Recently, a resident of the former mill village asked for assistance in reclaiming that area. Some years ago, Springs Industries divested itself of the neighborhood and sold the houses to employees. As time passed, a majority of the owners moved away. The homes fell into disrepair and neglect. Loyal law-abiding folks were unable to stem the tide of change and crime moved in – big time.