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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Prevent wrecks by using your turn signals

    Prevent wrecks

    by using your

    turn signals

    Have you ever been having a peaceful drive through Lancaster County, only to be jolted back to the present by the driver in front of you who almost caused a six-car pile-up because they failed to use their turn signal when changing lanes? If so, I believe I have a solution for this problem. Driving could be a more serene experience for those of us who drive, especially the novices.

  • Sanford should stop fight over stimulus

    Enough already. We get your point, governor – you want the state to use some of the stimulus money to pay down its debts, like any other responsible citizen would do.

    However, we’re not talking about just another citizen; we’re talking about the 4.5 million citizens of this state, who need that money to fund their schools and pay for public safety programs around the state.

  • Writer praises city officials

    I would like to thank Mayor Joe Shaw, Lancaster City Council, Mandy Powers Norrell, city  attorney, Helen Sowell, city administrator and Teresa Meeks, support services director, for your hard work and service you do for the city of Lancaster and its residents.

    Over the last five months, I had the opportunity to see what a great job your staff is doing for Lancaster.

    My hat goes off to your staff for their leadership and support. It is encouraging to see the great minds of city government come together to push this great city forward.