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Today's Opinions

  • Potholes dangerous for vehicles, pedestrians

    To state road crews: We would like to see our roads in better shape.
    It really is bad when you ride down the road and try to miss potholes and then hit another one. It is dangerous to walk in the roads because you step in a pothole and hurt your feet or leg.
    We would also like to know that if we hit a pothole and tear up our cars, whether the state will pay to fix them.

    Pete Melton
    Lancaster

  • Vision would turn downtown Lancaster into a showpiece

    Lancaster needs industry. Retirement is an industry. Downtown Lancaster needs a shot in the arm. Why could these not be coupled?
    Baby Boomers are entering retirement in large numbers and those numbers will continue for quite some time to come. People who have spent their working lives in the North and Midwest want to escape the long, frigid winters and, contrary to popular belief, not every retiree wants to live on a golf course. Many people desire the ambiance of a vibrant downtown, where everything is within easy walking distance.

  • Lancaster News spotlights good news, too

    In a time when we tend to complain that all the news is bad news, I am reminded that is not all true.
    I read some very uplifting stories in the Feb. 12 edition of The Lancaster News that gave the naysayers reasons to reflect on the more positive aspects of the news and Lancaster specifically.
    The featured story of the remarkable, long, enduring friendship of the Rev. W.O. Thompson, Larry Honeycutt and Phil Cleveland is heartwarming and joyful. It shines a light on the value of being a good neighbor and friend.

  • Furr’s legacy continues through scholarships

    To turn a tragic event into something positive can be a catharsis. Sharon Furr knows. April 4, 2009, was a tragic day for Furr and her family.
    Furr’s sister, Cindy Furr, and her 2-year-old niece, McAllister “Mackie” Furr, were on their way to church when one of two vehicles racing on S.C. 49 in the Lake Wylie community crashed into Furr’s car. Furr died on impact and Mackie not long after. Also killed was 13-year-old Hunter Holt, a passenger in the car that crashed into Furr’s vehicle.

  • Business partnerships enhance education

    Whether in a good or bad economy, South Carolinians need family-supporting jobs. Recognizing this need, business, education and legislative leaders crafted the Education and Economic Development Act (EEDA) in 2005.

  • Mulvaney takes issue with Obama’s speech

    I didn’t like President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech, but probably not for the reasons most people expect.
    Indeed, there were parts of the speech that I thought were praiseworthy, and, at times, inspiring.

  • Basu’s visit to Lancaster was not good-will gesture

    Moni Basu was born in Calcutta, India. Though India has become one of the fastest-growing economies and is a somewhat newly industrialized country, it continues to face poverty, corruption and lack of adequate health care.
    I don’t believe that Moni was born into a poor family though; her father was a college professor.
    In my research on Moni I found that she had attended challenging schools In England and India and that American schools didn’t have that much to offer her, so she graduated at the age of 15.

  • Donations continues Kersey’s legacy

    Mike  Kersey is gone, but certainly not forgotten.
    The emotional wrestling coach and elementary school physical education teacher had that type of impact on students, no matter their age.
    He knew how to motivate the heavyweight wrestler to reach his potential on the mat, and at the same time had the knack for making exercise fun for the most reluctant elementary school student.
    Kersey, who died last fall, was that type person. Across the county and state, in wrestling circles, Kersey is regarded as an icon.