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Today's Opinions

  • Good week for cause of good government

    I was sitting at my desk recently when I got a call I had long awaited: The city of Greenville had decided to post its spending details on its web site.

    It had been more than a year since I’d driven to Greenville to meet with Mayor Knox White and city staff to talk with them about posting their spending details online as part of a local government transparency initiative I had launched. The initiative encourages cities, towns and counties to give their constituents easy Internet access to information about how they are spending public funds.

  • Fall into fun at fall festival

    It’s almost show time for the sixth annual Fall into Fun festival in Indian Land.

    Saturday’s festival at Indian Land Middle School promises to be a lot of fun for everyone from toddlers to teens and older folks, all for a good cause. 

    This year’s event will raise funds for the Indian Land Rotary Club’s local projects, such as Del Webb Library programs, school media center materials, dictionaries for IL third-graders,  scholarships for local students and more. You can do your part by coming to the festival.  

  • We must not forget the true cost of our freedom

    This is the last Veterans Remembered column in a series written in support of the veterans monument being built for all veterans of Lancaster County.
    Veterans Remembered is written to stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and to provide support for the Veterans Monument Project.
    Remembering is necessary and is a part of our character as individuals and as a community. Remembering veterans is necessary for historic purposes as well as providing moral understanding for present and future generations.

  • Caregivers deserve special recognition

    Caregivers play a special role in the lives of the ones they tend to each day.
    Their tasks and challenges are great, sometimes outweighing the needed thanks.
    That’s why those dedicated folks are special.
    Recently a Lancaster caregiver, Karen Hoffman, was honored for her work as a caring caregiver.
    Hoffman was presented the local Family Caregiver of the Year Award, an annual honor given by Homewatch Caregivers, which is an international provider of full-service home care, and co-sponsored by the National Family Caregivers Association.

  • There are solutions for repairing county roads

    A great deal of concern centers around the poor condition of roads and bridges, both dirt and paved, in Lancaster County. Any time this subject is brought before our county administrator or County Council, the same answer always comes forth, “We don’t have money to fix your problem.”
    We are all aware paving or repairing roads is expensive; however, do we not always find money to do what council places as a top priority?

  • Timing is everything

    On Aug. 16, I woke up from a power nap and started getting ready for my 12-hour shift job. Before I left I kissed my wife, 6-year-old daughter and my visiting sister all goodbye and walked out the door. My daughter screamed, “Wait daddy. I want another hug and a kiss.”

  • Writer enjoyed back-to-school event

    I recently attended a back-to-school event at the Micheal Blackmon Foundation for the children of our community. Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace greeted everyone as they entered the foundation, young and old alike.

  • Obama jobs speech was a campaign speech

    The Obama jobs speech was out of touch to say the least. It starts out with reducing $175 billion to Social Security and Medicare (with another $1/2 trillion to be cut from Medicare under Obamacare in the future). And Democrats tell us Republicans want to hurt seniors? And how does this create jobs? It spends more than $140 billion on union pandering to try and buy back union votes at our expense.