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Today's Opinions

  • Team effort pays off for sheriff’s office

    There’s plenty of reason for an upbeat attitude at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office these days. The sheriff’s office recently received its accreditation.
    The achievement earned Lancaster County the distinction of being the 44th state law enforcement agency of 290 statewide to earn its accreditation and the only the 11th state sheriff’s office to reach the elite status.
    The accreditation means the sheriff’s office is a more professional agency, increasing officer morale and providing better service for county residents.

  • Writer upset about infant left in car

    This is an open letter to the woman who neglected her child at the Murphy gas station on the S.C. 9 Bypass about 5:30 p.m. on March 25. You were driving a green Honda.
    Did you even watch your infant when I was pumping gas and heard him/her screaming from the back seat while you were making your purchase inside the store?
    Did you notice when I looked for you and then when I finished pumping my gas I walked inside and saw you still at the counter while my son watched your car?

  • Couple praises work crew

    Recently, Lancaster County Maintenance Department, special projects, did some work on our road. The work crew spent about three weeks in March working on Leadoff Road replacing pipes in a creek bed under the road continuing onto our property.
    I would like to give John Robinson and his crew a pat on the back. They did an excellent job. We have some good hard workers there. I’m sure they don’t get the recognition they deserve, but this time they are. The guys also were very considerate of us as property owners.

  • Guardian ad Litem seeks volunteers

    In 2010, more than 9,000 South Carolina children were abused or neglected by their own families. The actual figure is probably much higher, as this number represents only those children involved in the family court system. There are cases of abuse or neglect in every county of the state.
    As caring and concerned citizens, we must do everything in our power to protect and nurture these vulnerable children. S.C. law requires a volunteer guardian ad litem be appointed for any child whose family is involved with the Department of Social Services through the family court system.

  • Congrats to schools and district for report cards

    When your children improve their grades on their report card, you praise them. You may even reward them. Likewise, when our schools and school district improve their grades on their report cards, they deserve our praise.
    Lancaster County School District and its four high schools recently received their report cards from the state. Three of the high schools and the district overall showed improvement in both of the state’s ratings. Six of the district’s elementary and middle schools also showed improvement in their ratings, which were announced in November.

  • Emperor has no clothes - the sequel

    Since the publication of my guest column on March 9, I have been stopped in stores and on the street and have received numerous calls, cards, e-mails, letters, messages, not only from Lancaster County and Kershaw residents, but from residents of other counties and states – some from people I do not even know. These people are male, female, liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican and of different ethnicities. Concern about a policy for the wasting of taxpayer money seems to cut across all sorts of lines.

  • Great American Cleanup set for Saturday

    Indian Land’s participation in the Great American Cleanup kicks off on Saturday, as the Indian Land Community Clean-up Week begins. Volunteers will be throughout the Indian Land community during the week of April 2-9 picking up litter discarded on our local roads. Please slow down and drive carefully when you see volunteers.

  • Help needed with Family Promise fundraiser

    Almost a year ago, Family Promise had a huge yard sale that was very prosperous. Along with the much needed funds that were raised, there was more awareness and appreciation gained throughout Lancaster County and even Chester County.