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Today's Opinions

  • Community responds to need

    I’m a member of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Our pastor is the Rev. Otis Lathan. He is truly a blessing and the icing on the cake.

    In my earlier years, the Rev. I.C. Clark preached and taught to always put God first in your life and in anything you do. He led me to search for the basic things to make my life complete – wisdom, faith and patience. And that will give you love, peace and happiness.

    We were taught to take care of family, make sure all needs were filled and be honest with yourself.

  • Keenan deserves honor

    For a high school football player to be featured front and center on a National Football League field means something special is happening.

    It recently did.

    Lancaster High School senior tight end Sam Keenan, a three-year letterman and two-year starter for the Bruins, was honored as a Carolina Panthers’ Community Captain at the team’s final home game earlier this month against the New Orleans Saints.

    The Panthers Community Captain program honors Carolinas high school football student athletes who shine in the classroom, on the field and community.

  • Goodwill grateful for Lancaster donors

    On behalf of the more than 16,000 people who used Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont’s job training and employment programs in 2009, I would like to send a heartfelt thank you to the residents of Lancaster County. Despite a difficult year for many in our community, you were generous with your donations of material and household items at a time when it mattered most.  

  • USC win to cherish

    When then unbeaten Kentucky earned its first No. 1 ranking since 2003 on Monday after a new national college basketball poll was released, it put UK coach John Calipari in elite company.

    Calipari, in his first season leading the storied Wildcats’ program, joined the late Frank McGuire as the only coaches to guide three different teams to a No. 1 ranking.

    Calipari also did so at University of Massassachuets and Memphis.

    McGuire accomplished No. 1 at St. John’s, North Carolina and South Carolina.

  • Author seeks information for book

    I would like to inform your readers about a project I am undertaking to document the men from your area who served from 1861-1865 in the 20th S.C. Infantry regiment of the Confederate army.

    I am writing a book that will contain a nearly day-by-day account of the battles, marches, camps, etc. as well as a personal biography of each man, including their Confederate army-compiled service records.

    The book will be published by Broadfoot Publishing Co. in Wilmington, N.C., and entitled, “A History of the 20th South Carolina Infantry: 1861-1865.”

  • Cruel to label suicide as a ‘selfish act’

    I would like to offer another response to Myra McCants’ opinion of suicide being a selfish act. I applaud Lisha Booth for her openness and honesty in her response. While her brother suffered endless physical pain, my brother suffered mental pain. He suffered from what was thought to be periods of mild depression brought on by stress, but proved to be an illness much darker and controlling – bipolar disorder. His pride would not allow him to seek proper diagnosis and treatment for this illness.

  • It is time for us to replace the servants in office

    The servants now run the house and it is the house owners’ fault. We were busy with our lives, not paying attention and assumed the media, both TV and the press, were keeping us informed. They weren’t and are still not doing a very good job of informing us. If we don’t watch TV news or read the paper, we are uninformed. If we do then we are misinformed.

  • Phillips left legacy for his family, community

    The late Wayne Phillips would have celebrated his 65th birthday today, but God had other plans.

    We lost this great Christian man to a rare form of cancer on Sept. 15, 2009. In remission for a little more than two years, he never lost hope and he never lost his faith.

    Those of you who knew him know the kind of man he was.

    A U.S. Navy veteran, he was a community leader who shared his faith whenever and wherever he could. Our dad always treated people the same, and ministered to all, regardless of color, age or denomination. None of that mattered.