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Today's Opinions

  • If you love your pets, don’t let them roam

    As a fellow animal lover, I am writing to respond to the letter by the Gonzales family over the recent tragic loss of their beloved pet, Banjo. I have to ask, “Why was Banjo out in or even near the road at all no matter what time of day without a leash on to restrain him?”

    Think about how badly the driver must have felt knowing they just killed something so special. How was this person to know which door to knock on? Did Banjo have a collar or an ID tag on with your name and address?

  • Hope it vital to county

    HOPE of Lancaster has been providing real hope to the people of Lancaster County for 26 years. In 1983, Susan Preslar saw a need to provide temporary help with the essentials of life to anyone who had lost their job. She met with the ministers and community leaders.

    Thanks to the generous donations from more than 140 Lancaster County churches, and many businesses and individuals HOPE has been able to feed and house families through many hard times since then.

  • Expect to work hard, have fun in fifth grade

    Editor’s note: Due to time constraints, Buford Elementary School fifth-grader Shirvie Jackson was unable to read her column on advice to fourth-graders during the Awards and Recognition Day on Monday, June 1. Here is the column.

    Dear fourth-graders,

  • We can't afford to let our graduates fail

    Tens of thousands of South Carolina families are observing an annual rite of spring, watching with pride as their sons and daughters cross stages to collect their high school diplomas.

    It’s cap-and-gown season, a time when we congratulate students on their accomplishments and send them into the world for further study or productive employment.

    It’s also a good time for this sobering reminder: For every three families who celebrate, there will be a fourth whose child won’t cross the stage with his or her classmates.  

  • Help available for veterans diagnosed with ALS

    On Sept. 23, 2008, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) published a ruling establishing a presumed service connection for any veteran diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease) at any time after separation from military service.

    Any veteran serving at least 90 days of continuous active duty, honorably discharged and diagnosed with ALS anytime after discharge is eligible to  file a claim for a service connected disability.

  • Writer pays tribute to some good guys

    If there was a hall of fame for the good guys of the S.C. 200 area, I would recommend the following: Clarence Hendrix of Hendrix Furniture, Sonny Bowers of Sonny Bowers Dodge, Bob Williams of Bob Williams Dry Cleaning and Laundrymat, Mick Parker of Parker’s Grocery, Clifford Small of South 200 Grill, Mack Hegler of Hegler’s Used Cars, Pete Tolbert of Tolbert’s Motel, Bear Horne of Star Cab, Floyd Cauthen of Cauthen Motors, James Becham Sr. of Beck’s Taxi and Herman Perry of Perry Service Station.

  • You have power to stimulate our local economy

    With all the negative news about county-wide job cuts and business closings, it’s no secret that our local economy could use a shot in the arm. And that’s just what The Lancaster News and local businesses want to do with the project, “Spend $20 on the 20th.”

    The newspaper and more than 100 businesses have partnered together to make this concept a reality.

  • Family mourns pet killed on highway

    We recently found our beloved dog, “Banjo,” dead in the middle of our road.  We live on Helms Road in Lancaster – quiet, secluded road in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes it is used as a cut through street. Our neighbors are friendly and wave as they drive by.

    Occasionally, this street is known for speeders. I can only assume this must have been a speeding vehicle due to the injuries our dog sustained. It was devastating, heart-wrenching way for our young child to start her school day.