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Today's Opinions

  • Legislature should focus on S.C. needs

    When the state Legislature convenes this week for its 2010 session, we hope it will act quickly to censure Gov. Mark Sanford. It’s time for the state to put the Sanford mess to rest.

    We called for Sanford to resign last summer and wish he would have.

    We think it would be better for South Carolina if we didn’t have a governor who has been the butt of late-night television jokes since June, when he admitted to misleading his staff of his whereabouts when he made his secret trip to see his mistress in Argentina.

  • Unfair to single out two major constructions

    First, let me welcome Mary Helen Yarborough back to Lancaster. I have enjoyed reading her guest columns and about the changes she has noted since she left and came back.

    In her Jan. 3 guest column, she wrote about wanting to see more locals hired in the construction going on here. I, too, would like to see more locals hired.

    However, I think it was unfair to single out two projects for “sending” money out of town.

  • Fire-safe cigarettes are making smoker sick

    In the past several weeks, I have noticed a serious change in my health. I am a smoker. I have tried many, many times to quit.

    I know it is a horrible habit and I need to quit. But several weeks ago, I started having constant headaches. I noticed that I was extremely dizzy and nauseous. My chest feels very tight and it has me very concerned. I’ve talked about these things with my family and was considering making a doctor’s appointment after the holidays.

  • Woman grateful for returned wallet

    How do you say thank you to someone you never met? Several months ago, after a doctor’s visit, a friend and I went to JoMars for lunch. We had just started eating and the cashier asked if there was a Jeanette Cole in the restaurant and said that she had something for her. My first thought was maybe a secret admirer had sent me a gift. Was I in for a surprise when she handed me my wallet.

  • Couple lucky to survive errant driver(s)

    This letter should have been written weeks ago, but I got caught up in the holidays. On the night of Dec. 8, the weather outside was storming – raining and windy. My husband and I decided to go to bed around 10:30. About 11:15, we were startled by a very loud bump. I had no idea what it was. My husband thought it sounded like a car turning over and over. I lay there expecting someone to come to the door seeking help. I got up and looked out the front door panes, but I didn’t see anything, so I went back to bed.

  • 2nd Chance needs help

    The thrift store and Christian ministry formerly known as Helping Hands will open soon under a new name, 2nd Chance.

    The negative impact of cold weather has affected us here at the 1877 Grace Ave. location. Having no heat in the building has impaired our ability to provide quality services to the community.

  • Mulvaney the right man for the job

    I was shocked when I saw the latest voting analysis for U.S. Congressman John Spratt, published by the Washington Post.

    The data showed that Spratt had voted 97.8 percent of the time with the likes of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other liberal democratic leaders.

    I was taken aback by this information when I considered the fact that Spratt was supposed to be a moderate Democrat. Spratt’s record clearly shows just how far left from center he actually is.

    Spratt is also choosing to seek a mind-boggling 15th term this year!

  • A buz of employment here: Ain’t North Carolina lucky?

    Despite reports that Lancaster County’s unemployment rate was cresting toward 20 percent, the swarms of construction crews along Plantation and Gillsbrook roads would indicate a robust local economy.

    Construction of the Founders Federal Credit Union and rebuilding of our historic courthouse seemed to be just the employment hope and revenue generators this community so direly needed.