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Today's Opinions

  • Politicians need to remember who they work for

    The U.S. Constitution guarantees to each state a representative form of government. We do not now have a representative form of government. Instead, what we have are elected members from the Democrats and Republicans whose primary interest is party supremacy. Membership in these two parties combined are a minority when compared to independent voters, yet the two parties rule supreme.

  • Spratt has proven track record

    I want to respond to two items recently printed in the opinion section.

    In his letter to the editor, Jim King compared S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney with U.S. Congressman John Spratt. King praised Mulvaney, a South Carolina state senator, for his availability and his community participation.

    It was an unusual juxtaposition to then read the guest column above King’s letter, which explained Mulvaney’s role in the Edenmoor development and his broken promises.

  • Lancaster honorees deserve limelight

    A couple of talented Lancaster County natives were recently honored for their notable achievements.

    Cathy Smith Bowers, a Lancaster High graduate and a former Lancaster High School teacher, was recently installed as the North Carolina poet laureate, a prestigious honor.

    Lindsey Pettus of Indian Land was presented the S.C. Wildlife Federation Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual banquet last month.

  • Accurate census count important to all of us

    Will you take 10 minutes to help give South Carolina and Lancaster County a brighter future?

    Ten minutes is all it takes to answer the 10 questions on the 2010 United States Census that will arrive in your mailbox in March. The once-a-decade census determines our state’s share of the $400 billion in federal aid distributed each year and how much political power South Carolina will wield in Washington.

  • Business grateful for community assistance

    During September, the team at Studio Images Salon got involved in a bigger picture. We felt a need in our community, like so many others, and decided to do something about it.

    So, through Christian Services, we put out an ad in the paper to collect coats, new and used, for needy children. The mission was named “Coats for Kids.” Little by little, we collected one coat after another.

    Surprisingly, we had more coats dropped off after the deadline than we did before. All the coats went to underprivileged children, who really needed them.  

  • You may help solve some cold case files

    Imagine a loved one disappearing without a trace. That when he walked out the door, his family would never see him again.

    Imagine finding your loved one shot to death in his own home. His killer or killers still unknown.

    Imagine every parent’s nightmare – the call in the middle of the night. Your 19-year-old daughter’s body found in a burning car. Her date’s body is in the trunk of the torched vehicle.

    These are the horrors that no one wants to face. Yet, several Lancaster County residents have done just that.

  • Honor contributions by blacks year-round

    History is the framework that gives us leverage into the future and a raison d’etre for today. All of us, black and white, need awareness and strengthening in our understanding of what blacks have accomplished – great and small.

    Did you know Maggie Walker (1867-1934) was America’s first black female president of a bank? Mrs. Walker was honored for her contribution to Richmond, Va.’s economic and civic progress by the governor of state. She grew up in dire poverty, but finished high school.  

  • Writer grateful for 'Mill Hill Memories'

    I would like to thank the Rev. Bill Knight for the book, “Mill Hill Memories,” he recently completed. Bill spent approximately three years interviewing people, collecting photos, personal stories and information from families and other sources. I appreciate his tireless effort and long hours spent putting this book together.

    Thanks to him I now have many years of photos and memorials combined in one book.