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Today's Opinions

  • Family grateful for Hospice of Lancaster

    Our family’s journey with Hospice of Lancaster began when Bill Coble left White Oak Manor Nursing Home on March 26, 2009. We were told he had about six months to live. He was suffering from COPD, emphysema, early Alzheimer’s and other health issues.

  • Make sure you are included in census

    The 2010 Census count got its official kickoff for the local area yesterday in Rock Hill. There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony, complete with several officials, including U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-5. The Rock Hill office is the district’s base for 11 South Carolina counties, including Lancaster.

    The U.S. Constitution requires that a census be taken every 10 years. While there has always been a big effort to get to get an accurate census count, there is a major effort to make sure everyone is accounted for in the 2010 count.

  • Parents deserve more educational choices

    Great schools are not just an economic necessity for our state; they are a fundamental right for the children living in South Carolina.

    In the last decade, countless well-intended policies for school improvement have been discussed and adopted by state lawmakers and local school boards alike.

    The results have been uniformly disappointing.

  • Give the gift of a lifetime

    “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk” was once the rallying cry for an army of young people campaigning to curb impaired driving among their peers.

    In it lies a simple proposition: that friends have a special responsibility to keep each other safe and alive. And it worked.

    From the early 1980s to the mid-’90, alcohol-related crash deaths among youth plummeted by 60 percent.

    Thousands and thousands of lives saved through the selfless act of speaking up to protect another.

  • Who is the oldest person living in South Carolina?

    Question:  My grandmother will be turning 106 years old later this month. While planning how we would celebrate this event, my sister asked if I thought our grandmother was the oldest person in South Carolina.

    I did some research on the Internet and was not able to find out who the oldest living person in South Carolina is. 

    Does the Office on Aging keep up with this information and, if so, do you recognize this milestone in some way?

  • Suicide is a selfish act

    There is a question that goes, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The answer is yes. We should show love and compassion and not be selfish. Suicide is a selfish act. Those who take their lives in their own hands are only thinking about themselves, not the loved ones left behind to mourn their death.

    If you are considering suicide, stop thinking about yourself and start thinking about how you can help someone else. We are living through some hard times. Sometimes a smile will uplift someone’s day.

  • S.C. Legislature is facing challenges

    As many of you know, the S.C. Legislature meets from January until about June each year. This means about a week from now state lawmakers will be back in Columbia.

    While each year brings unexpected developments – neither Boeing nor the governor’s misdeeds were on the radar at the outset of 2009 – there are a couple of matters that will definitely get a lot of attention this year:

    Unemployment

  • Woman seeks help finding Roxie

    I am writing this letter because I want everyone to know that I lost my best friend on Oct. 27. She was friendly, playful, sweet and the love of my life. She is a golden retriever named “Roxie.” I have done everything I know to get her back.

    Maybe someone who is reading this has taken her in and doesn’t know she is mine. She is micro-chipped. Roxie was wearing a teal blue harness when she broke loose from her tags at a park in Waxhaw.