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Today's Opinions

  • Come show your support for veterans at parade

    The theme for this year’s Veterans Day parade and program is “Honoring Veterans Past and Present.” This year’s parade is Nov. 5.
    Lineup is at  9 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. The route will be down Main Street to the American Legion Building, where the program will take place.
    Those attending the program can use the Market Street entrance to the fairgrounds for parking. The program is always a special event as we honor all veterans.

  • Cauthen touched the lives of so many people

    Cauthen touched the lives of so many people

    I did something Aug. 19 that I have never done before. I attended a funeral, only I was on the outside looking in. Usually when I go to a funeral, I go inside the church; but that day was different. 

    I, like many others, parked our cars in store lots and on the side of the road to pay homage to a fallen hero as he was brought to St. Luke United Methodist Church for the last time. 

  • Obama and Democrats report shadow jobs 

    Many years ago, a friend told a story of growing up so poor, his parents served shadow ham on a regular basis. What is shadow ham? This is when cured country ham was hung up where you could smell it for days or weeks before cooking and eating it. The aroma is shadow ham.

    President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats seem to be practicing shadow jobs.

  • Touching words too late for 3-year-old

    Touching words too late for 3-year-old

    I read Betty Ann Stevens’ letter, “Young need to put down guns, parents need to speak up,” in the July 29 edition of The Lancaster News. 

    There were some touching words in the letter. But those words were too late for my 3-year-old granddaughter, Jaylen Jackson. She lost her life to the negligence of others when she was shot and killed when she got caught in a crossfire.

  • Don't forget about the residents of Edenmoor

    The troubled Edenmoor development in Indian Land has been in the news regularly for the last few months. 

    Many of the stories have been long and complicated because the issues surrounding the stalled development are complex, involving the county’s Forfeited Land Commission, developers, financiers, tax and bond sales and pending contracts. And much of what has taken place has been behind closed doors, making it even more difficult to make sense of what’s going on.

  • $20 tape recorder will end illegal executive sessions

    I got a call from a school board member recently asking what to do when her board goes into executive session and then talks about things that cannot legally be discussed there.
    “Can I speak out about this without being sanctioned?” she asked.

  • Online learning is a solution for South Carolina public education

    Imagine a public education system able to provide access to high-quality instruction, regardless of where a student lives.
    Imagine schools able to give individualized instruction to potential dropouts. Or course offerings that encourage students to master their studies, instead of simply show up for class.
    In fact, this vision for the state’s public school system already exists; it’s called online learning.

  • Cauthen served his community

    Dennis Cauthen was trying to help fellow firefighter Randy White find the right word. White was describing how it felt for the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department to be one of several fire departments trying to save the blazing historic Lancaster County Courthouse that early Aug. 4 morning in 2008.
    “Honored,” said Cauthen, fire chief. “We’re honored to have helped the city (of Lancaster) and other departments save the courthouse.”