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Today's Opinions

  • Mosier was invaluable to district

    Lancaster County District Superintendent Gene Moore knows a good thing when he sees it and doesn’t mind saying so.

    He’s emphatic about retiring Superintendent Administrative Assistant JoAnne Mosier, noting the 34-year employee as one of the “best things about coming to Lancaster County as superintendent.”

    In her final 13 years at her job, Mosier also worked with former superintendents John Taylor and Dr. Pat Burns.

    No matter who the superintendent was, Mosier worked with the same dedicated approach.

  • Chandler’s Law is big government at its best

    Recently, the S.C. Legislature passed and Gov. Nikki Haley signed Chandler’s Law. The law, which was named after Chandler Saylor, is meant to keep children safe while riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs.) However, I believe this law ultimately strips parents of their right to raise their child.

  • Are we now clawing our way out of recession?

    Our economy is chugging along and will continue to do so for a while. That’s what a national economist told Lancaster County residents last month.
    That bit of information was no real revelation for any of us. The signs of a sluggish economy – a stagnant real estate market with an abundance of homes for sale (many foreclosed), county unemployment rate of about 13.9 percent and an increase in numbers of people who need help with life’s basic needs – have been apparent for while. And it doesn’t appear to be getting better anytime soon.

  • Are we headed for nuclear abyss or human survival?

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his quest for Iran to get nuclear weapons remains a news worthy item. What does that mean for America and Israel? It can only come down to one thing – eventual war.
    Since the recent collapse of the Egyptian government, radical Islam on both ends now controls the Suez Canal. Iranian warships are passing through the canal into the Mediterranean Sea next to Israel’s coast.
    Egypt, now under military control, is permanently opened to the Gaza Strip. This is a major security breach with Israel.

  • Adoption organizers grateful for support

    The County of Lancaster Animal Welfare Support (CLAWS) adoption/donation drive at Lancaster Animal Control on Saturday was great. There may not have been as many people turn up as we would have liked, but those who came were very giving.
    There were six adoptions – two cats, two kittens and two dogs. More than $200 in supplies was donated. More than $500 was also donated to CLAWS.

  • Partisanship not a behavioral issue – it is a structural one

    Pew Research Center released a survey last month which was encouragingly called “Beyond Red vs. Blue.”  Encouraging, that is, for the growing number of Americans eager to find a way out of the partisanship that has come to dominate public policy-making at nearly every level of government.

  • Afternoon matinee a hit with children and adults

    Hats off to See Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series for bringing Sunday matinees to Lancaster.
    On June 5, the summer matinees kicked off at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium with an outstanding play, “The Commedia Princess and The Pea,” presented by The Children’s Theatre’s Tarradiddle Players.
    From what I understand, the Tarradiddle Players travel North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, performing well-known plays.

  • Writer grateful for teachers

    I want to thank Buford Child Development Center.
    The teachers, Judy Jackson and Aubrey Adams, have been very helpful in helping Hailey Altman get ready for kindergarten. They have gotten her well rounded academically and socially.
    Hailey loves her teachers. We are proud of her and them.

    Kathy Ferrill
    Lancaster