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Today's Opinions

  • County, Founders made good selections

    I would like to respond to Mary Helen Yarborough’s guest column, “Ain’t North Carolina Lucky,” and to the follow-up article from Jack Hammond defending Lancaster County Council and Founders Federal Credit Union for selecting out-of-town architects and general contractors for building construction.

  • We must restructure now to save our state

    Will the return of the General Assembly for the second half of the legislative session bring bold action tailored to our semi-desperate times, or small-time skirmishes over parochial matters? History favors the latter, but the times demand the former.

  • Vigil for unborn babies set for Jan. 22

    It is hard to believe we are in a year that once sounded so far into the future. Do we need a De Lorean and a flux capacitor to navigate this new era? Gosh, when I was 13 years old turning 18 seemed so far away. And now we are 10 years into the new millennium. Where does the time go?

    Unfortunately, as time has moved on for a lot of us, it still remains the same for the babies who are aborted and are at risk of being aborted. About 3,700 innocent unborn babies die each day in the United States.

  • Winning war in Afghanistan is important

    Why is winning in such a God-forsaken place like Afghanistan – a country with a population of only 28 million, 99 percent of them Muslim, 72 percent illiterate, a life expectancy of 44 years, a government that is totally corrupt, almost no industry, the world’s largest producer of illegal opium, and one of the most desolate regions on earth – so important to America?

    What would happen if President Barack Obama follows his far-left supporters and orders our military out of Afghanistan prematurely, before the enemy is defeated and destroyed?

  • We're glad to have our own festival

    We’re excited already about the first Red Rose Festival.

    It’s slated for May 7 and 8 in Lancaster and will feature games for children, live music, crafts and plenty of food. See Lancaster SC, the marketing arm for the city and county, will organize this event, which it aims to develop into the county’s signature festival.

    We say, “Hooray!”

    We’ve been waiting for this event for years.

  • Washed-out culvert could cause problems for drivers

    On Christmas Day, a culvert below my house on Bailey Raod washed out due to extreme rain. The Department of Transportation employees came out the following week and put rocks in the hole, installed loose gravel signs and left.

    DOT often uses the loose gravel signs as a solution to road problems.

  • Presence of highway patrol has good impact

    What do you do when you meet a Highway Patrol trooper when you’re driving? Do you check your speedometer? Tap your brakes? Make sure your seat belts are fastened? Do you sometimes hope and say a little prayer? “Oh, please, don’t stop me, not this time. I was only driving a little faster than the speed limit.”

    These are natural reactions.

  • Scholarship fund helps youth get education

    I would like to thank everyone who will and has contributed thus far to the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast sponsored by Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church. As a parent, I believe that it is every parent’s dream for their child to grow up and go to college. Whether we can afford it or not, we are hopeful because we want our children to be successful and we know that education plays a part in obtaining that goal.