Today's Opinions

  • Education priority in House

    First, let me assure you that I value hearing your opinions. Just like you, I want what is best for South Carolina, its citizens and especially our children – and who better to determine what is best for kids than their parents?

  • Relay for Life pays tribute to those who battle cancer

    Blair Cauthen. Nell Horton. Cricket Harper. Barbara Bradley. Judy Chandler. Ann Hammond. There are so many, many more. Cancer victims. Cancer survivors.

    On Friday, they and many others will be remembered and honored as the 15th annual Lancaster County Relay for Life gets under way at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The purpose of the annual event is to spread awareness of cancer prevention, treatments and cure while honoring survivors and raising money for research to find cures for cancer.

  • Children's garden a reality because of caring people

    The Kershaw Children’s Memorial and Prayer Garden opened on April 10.

    This garden is a place to come and remember those children who have died or who are apart from our lives. It is a place of peace. It is our place, your place.

    It came into being through the help and donations of several wonderful and caring companies and individuals.

    Thanks to Haile Gold Mine Inc. for providing the bench, balloons, foundation and many other things.

    Thanks to Knight Lawn Care for providing the river stones for the families to decorate.

  • Truesdale has issues, but Parsons made a mistake

    Demoralized because of egregious actions. Behind every action, there is a reaction. Pat Parsons, former detective with the Lancaster Police Department, misused his authority to the degree that City Council deemed his actions to be irreparable.

    Now some people think Parsons was treated unfairly. It is understandable for his family and friends to support him, but it’s immoral for them to bash City Council members for their decisions.

  • Painting missing after arts gala

    “Playmates,” a painting by local artist Dianne Mahaffey is missing.

    Mahaffey donated the painting and other artwork for an auction at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts gala, “Southern Charm.”

    The Arts Council’s annual fundraiser was on March 6 at the Bradley Arts & Sciences building. The painting has been missing since then.

    If you have any information about the missing painting, please contact Christina Chastain at Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 285-7451.

    Dianne Mahaffey


  • Help promote Lancaster

    Can you describe what Lancaster means to you in 50 words? If so, See Lancaster wants you to submit those 50 words in an effort to promote our county.

    See Lancaster, the group that promotes tourism in the county, recently started the effort that asks residents to submit a quote saying why they embody the spirit of Lancaster and why the county is a great place to live.

    See Lancaster wants the quotes, along with the person’s portrait to be placed on posters that will be displayed in storefront windows in downtown Lancaster.

  • Spratt's call will cost you plenty

    U.S. Rep. John Spratt told a reporter during a recent interview about his vote in the health care reform bill that he would have preferred to have taken the overhaul in stages or steps.

    “By taking on the whole bucketful of issues and problems, it only made it (more) complex,” Spratt said.

    Whose call was it? Either he voted on his own freewill or someone pulled his puppet strings. John Spratt holds no personal responsibility for his actions. Lets look at a few more items that may or may not have been Spratt’s call.

  • Scouting inductees worthy of the honor

    One hundred years of Scouting in Lancaster County recently got a fitting salute as four men were inducted into the county’s Boy Scout Hall of Fame.

    The four to enter the Boy Scout Hall of Fame were led by Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke.

    Duke, an Eagle Scout, was joined by Jack Caskey, Don Scott and the late Bob Hardin.

    Duke, one of a dozen men to walk on the moon, said his Scouting roots provided a foundation for his aerospace career.