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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t fall prey to scam artists

    They play different roles, but their devious goal is the same. Scammers are on the rise in Lancaster County.
    They often prey on senior citizens, but they will also pursue others, who at the moment might be unaware of their scumbag plot.
    In recent local incidents, scam artists have posed as charitable organizations, law enforcement officials, loan officers and sweepstakes companies.
    Their goal is to steal your money, but don’t be a victim. Be vigilant of their underhanded game.

  • U.S. debt can no longer be sustained

    While Nik Bramblett’s letter to the editor, “Writer fasting to bring attention to budget cuts,” in the April 8 edition of The Lancaster News might be good for his health, it has little pertinence to the needed budget cuts or the Tea Party. 

    It is not about starving people but of a debt so massive that it can no longer be sustained. You can fast all you want, but it will not pay for the social programs that are in place nor a debt that is increasing by more than a trillion dollars per year. The interest is billions per year. 

  • Truth is found, not created

    The USS Titanic is sailing in a sea of debt. To save the sinking ship, the damage-control Democrat team wants to throw five deck chairs overboard and the Republican team wants to throw 20 chairs overboard. 

    They are meeting in the captain’s quarters trying to come to some sort of consensus. Neither will  help the sinking ship. First class will suffer, as well as the steerage class. Full steam ahead.

  • Republican Party has needed change

    Saturday, April 2, was a very exciting day for the Lancaster County GOP.  Six people came forward to take the leadership positions that will bring this county forward to facilitate changes through the 2012 election. 

    The Lancaster County GOP has been served well by the past leaders, but as there are term limits in most things and the local government party is no exception. 

  • County has challenges redrawing districts

    It is no revelation that the fastest-growing area in Lancaster County is just north of Waxhaw Creek, what is known as the Panhandle. The proliferation of new housing developments, businesses and traffic is enough evidence. However, that fact was confirmed when the 2010 Census figures were released recently.

    The U.S. Census Bureau showed that Lancaster County was the fifth fastest-growing county in South Carolina. According to census data, Lancaster County’s official population is now 76,652, a jump from the 2000 population estimate of 61,351.

  • Our View: New station a credit to community

    April 2 was a red-letter day for the residents of the Pleasant Valley Fire District.
    That’s the day the Pleasant Valley Volunteer Fire Department celebrated the grand opening of its new $2.1 million fire station on Possum Hollow Road in Indian Land.

  • Column: Area Red Cross celebrates National Volunteer Week

    National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), is a great time to celebrate volunteers in our community.
    This year’s theme, “Celebrating People in Action,” aptly describes the Upper Palmetto Chapter volunteers. Red Cross volunteers are doers. Red Cross volunteers are people in action.
    The Upper Palmetto Chapter serves York, Chester and Lancaster counties in South Carolina, with more than 500 active volunteers.

  • Column: Wear denim Wednesday to raise more awareness of sexual assault

    We are asking all employees of our local nonprofit organizations, civic governments and other employers to help us recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As part of that effort we are asking people to break the dress code and the silence on Wednesday, April 20, and wear denim to work.
    Denim Day is sponsored by Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.