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Today's Opinions

  • Remember our lessons from 9-11

    No doubt you remember where you were eight years ago today. Almost all of us can recall what we were doing when we heard the news that terrorist-hijacked airplanes slammed into the Twin Towers in New York City.

    It was a typical Tuesday deadline day in the newsroom as we scrambled to prepare our Wednesday edition of The Lancaster News.

    Issues that demanded our time and undivided attention faded as we watched the events of that fateful day forever change America.

  • A lesson in education and respect

    Both former first lady Laura Bush and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich backed up the president of the United States this week. That’s news because of the great divide between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, left and right, or whatever labels you want to put on the two prevailing political ideologies.

  • Heroes take on many shapes

    My name is Lawrence Bynum and I have a story of two heroes right here in Lancaster. I lost my job of 30 years with Weyerhaeuser on Dec. 14, 2008.

    I started looking very hard for work shortly after that. I was filling out my first applications when I noticed the part that asked for high school diploma or GED. I stopped filling it out because I didn’t have either one. Lying was not in my makeup.

    So I started looking for adult education to get my GED. This is when I met Sue Clemmer and Jean Roach.

  • Bus incident taken care of last year

    This letter is in response to Indian Land resident Roland King’s letter, “Students’ safety on buses should be top priority,” in the Aug. 30 edition of The Lancaster News. My son is also in the third grade and in the Eagles program. Mr. King said he and his wife were concerned about “trouble-making middle school students” riding the bus with elementary students. We questioned our son several times about the bus route from Indian Land Elementary School to the Eagles school location in Lancaster.

  • Former AJ football coach praises reunion organizers

    Despite the outcome of the Lancaster-Andrew Jackson football game last Friday, I would like to praise the athletic department, administration and all the faculty and parents for the wonderful job done putting together the AJ 40th anniversary festivities and reunion.

    To steal a line from the “Cheers” theme song, “Sometimes it’s good to go were everyone knows your name and they are always glad you came.”

    The reunions and renewing of old friendships was an absolute thrill.

  • Grassroots growing here, not Astroturf activism

    Ordinarily, summer is the “slow” political season. People are on vacation; Congress and the state Legislature are out of session; politics takes a back seat to beach trips and back-to-school concerns. Honestly, finding something interesting to write about for this column in August is usually a challenge.

    Not this summer, though.

    Last week, almost 200 people came out to hear U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint when he was in town.

    More than 500 people attended a town hall meeting in Rock Hill to discuss health care.

  • Have fun, but be careful on Labor Day

    Labor Day represents the final fling of summer for most observers. The origin of summer’s final holiday dates back nearly 130 years.

    The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

    In 1882, American labor leader Peter J. McGuire witnessed a labor festival in Toronto. Inspired, he returned to New York and organized the first American Labor Day on Sept. 5 of the same year.

  • Dear Gov. Sanford: Please resign now

    Clarity. We wish Gov. Mark Sanford would have a moment of it, and soon. But sadly, we seriously question when clarity and our governor last met. For almost three months now, Sanford has brought embarrassment to himself, the office he holds and the state of South Carolina.

    Though he’s been out on road on sort of a “forgiveness tour,” Sanford hasn’t been able to regain the confidence he lost in June when he was busted as he returned from his now-infamous trip to Argentina, where he went to visit the woman with whom he was having an extramarital affair.