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Today's Opinions

  • CNN story slap in face to Lancaster

    According to CNN’s Moni Basu, the plight of folks living in Lancaster is likened to Tom Joad’s family in John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.”
    Steinbeck documents the misery the Joads experience as they leave their foreclosed, dust-covered farm in Oklahoma to find work in Depression-era California.
    “In hard-hit S.C. town, faith and finances fuel political decisions,” Basu equates the aftermath of Springs Industries’ demise to the Joads’ struggle as migrant workers.

  • Community shows support for Chandler

    On Jan. 21, Mane Street Hair Designers hosted an event at the University of South Carolina Lancaster to remember, honor and celebrate the life of Judy Chandler and her many contributions to the  community.
    My staff and I are humbled by the outpouring of support from sponsors, entertainers, other salons, local businesses and countless individuals – all who helped make this a very special evening.
    I have never been more proud to live in Lancaster. This is truly a very special place, where people care about each other.

  • It’s Christmas event, not the date, that’s important

    What’s with Minister James Hewett IV in his letter, “Christmas is not in the Scripture?”
    He tells us that the word “Mass” (with a capital M) means death. Let’s start with the Webster’s II University Dictionary: “Mass – the celebration of the Eucharist in Roman Catholic and some Protestant churches.”
    The word “mass” has many meanings, but not one being “death.”

  • Seniors grateful for Christmas shoe boxes

    The Heath Springs Lunch Bunch (Council on Aging), Mount Calvary Outreach, Heath Springs and Kershaw community seniors would like to thank the Hillside Class of 1970 for making each of us so happy and thankful for the lovely Christmas shoe box gifts.
    Our sincere thanks for your kindness, as well as the many valuable items in each box. We pray for your continued success in all your undertakings.

    Flossie Williams
    Heath Springs
     

  • We plan to stay in Lancaster, encourage its growth

    We moved to Lancaster less than a year ago. Obviously, we disagree with the CNN report, recognize it to be a negative to growth, but also think it makes some valid points. Lancaster is a great, quiet, cost-effective place to live.  
    But if you want 21st-century amenities, then you often need to leave town.
    Local shopping is basically over-run by a Walmart, while we let Main Street and other shopping centers remain with excessive empty spaces.

  • Jobs bill doesn’t cut Social Security, Medicare

     Politicians and their supporters often get the facts regarding complicated bills muddled, and deliver misleading information to the public.
    In a letter supporting U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney’s opposition to the American Jobs Act, Nicholas Pasquine states that the bill cuts $175 billion annually out of Social Security and Medicare.

  • Nieces adored Uncle Jerry

    Editor’s note: Lancaster resident Cami Steen’s first grandchild was born Jan. 11, 2012. While waiting the arrival of Braelyn Emanuel Mickle, Steen recalled an incident from her childhood when she and her two sisters stayed with grandparents in Durham, N.C., when their fourth sister was about to enter the world. It was Jerry Honeycutt, their beloved uncle, who drove the three young siblings to Durham. Steen wrote this article about her favorite uncle when she was a student at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

  • Community rallies to support children

    On behalf of the Lancaster County Outreach Project, I would like to thank the community for your outpouring of support to the children of our county during the holiday season.
    The Outreach Project exists to enhance the lives of abused and neglected children who are in foster care or who are under the supervision of the Lancaster County Department of Social Services.