Today's Opinions

  • Festivals, fun aplenty right here

    You can’t say there is nothing to do around here. Take a look at the calendar and you’ll see fun happenings in and near Lancaster County this weekend.

    For starters, there is the 31st annual Kershaw Spring-A-Thon that got under way yesterday. It continues today and Saturday with a full lineup of activities and entertainment.

    Today at 6:30 p.m., The Embers will be playing live on Main Street. If you love beach music, fun people and shagging (Carolina style) you are in for a treat.

  • Our census response better this time around

    Lancaster County, we’ve done well. As of Thursday, the county’s participation rate in the 2010 Census was 79 percent. That put Lancaster County tied with neighboring York County as the counties in South Carolina with the best census response in 2010.

    South Carolina as a whole has done a good job responding to the census. The state’s most-recent participation rate was listed by the U.S. Census Bureau as 73 percent, one point above the national average.

  • Business owner grateful to police chief, officers

    My name is Gloria Wylie and I have been the property manager for Miller Grove Apartments located at 2017 Miller St. for the last two years.

    I was previously a property manager for the city of Atlanta for 15 years. In all my years in this business, I have never met a police chief more dedicated than Hugh White. When I first took this property Chief White met with the owners of my company and me.

    At that time we discussed the crime in the area and specifically on the property. We shared numerous concerns as to the amount of police presence we were receiving.

  • Campaign season now in full swing

    The season is upon us. Baseball? Well yes, but the traditional opening pitch has been thrown, and there’s a connection to our subject here since President Barack Obama tossed out the first pitch for Major League Baseball when the Nationals battled the NL champion Phillies on April 5 in Washington.

    Racing? Try again, because the wheels of a new motor sports campaign have been rolling on NASCAR, and even at our own Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    Folks, we’re talking politics, where the major mascots are the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey.

  • McGriff is knowledgeable about our community

    If my memory serves me, Blondale Funderburk, who is running again against Charlene McGriffin in the Lancaster County Council District 2 race, was the one who knew nothing about the write-in campaign last year.

    District 2 residents are paying close attention to what is going on in our district. We want someone who we know, see and has worked in our community. Mrs. McGriff is co-founder of Adopt-A-Leader Mentoring Program since 1992. This program has served our young men for years.

  • Gandy deserving of Dixie Baseball honor

    You would figure a guy who has been around Lancaster Dixie Baseball for 30-plus years would know all that goes on.

    Not a chance a major event would get by like some seeing-eye single.

    Well, if this was, in baseball terms, a hidden ball trick, then longtime Dixie Youth Baseball official Ronnie Gandy would have been like some stunned rookie.

    On Lancaster Dixie Baseball’s opening day – Saturday, April 10, Gandy was invited to be a part of the youth baseball program’s 2010 ceremonies at the Wylie Park Complex.

  • TEA movement seeks limited government

    It’s already a whole year since the Taxed Enough Already Party or TEA Party Movement began.

    April 15, 2010, is the one-year anniversary, both locally and nationally, of the TEA Party.

    This year has been sometimes tough, overwhelming, enlightening and powerful.

    Many thought the TEA movement would fizzle out after the first or second rally. Such is not the case.

    The people who attended each and every rally are the ones who made this anniversary possible.

  • USCL changing lives, one at a time

    The founding of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in 1959 created new hopes and opportunities for area citizens. In 1951, a void in the community led to the vision of the future.

    USCL has come a long way since then. It has greatly changed the community and it changed many of our lives. It shows by radiating change and hope in the community. Where there is hope, there is a bright future. From one house and humble beginnings, growth continues to this day.