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Today's Opinions

  • Teachers realize courage of students

     

  • Reform our health-care system without doing harm

    The very first lesson they teach you in medical school is “Primum non nocere.” The English translation of the Latin phrase is, “First, do no harm.”

    This thought process can be applied to our impending health-care reform that had once appeared to be on the fast track and being slipped by the American public in the form of H.R. 3200. The health-care system needs to be changed, but to what and at what expense to future generations?

    If we are going to change our health-care delivery system, let us make sure that we “first, do no harm.”

  • Judge Dawkins a positive role model

    There is always someone who will play a positive role in your life. Judge Debra Dawkins is that someone for me. I first met her when she taught Headstart at Southside School. She sort of struck me as a go-getter.

    Judge Dawkins could knock you down and then lift you up at the same time. When I felt like throwing in the towel, she was there with her wisdom and encouragement.

  • Ask candidates these questions before voting

    In November 2010, South Carolina voters will once again go to the polls to choose our leaders. There will be races for U.S. Senate, governor, Congress and state constitutional offices, as well as county council and school board positions. But in many towns and cities across the state, municipal elections will be held this year, and men and women who aspire to public service are already shaking hands, putting up signs and developing campaign literature. While these races are not as high profile as the 2010 races, they are important nonetheless.

  • Founders boosts USCL’s future with its donation

    The University of South Carolina at Lancaster received quite a gift at the kickoff celebration to honor 50 years of serving Lancaster County and the surrounding communities.

    Founders Federal Credit Union, much like USCL in its commitment of service and community involvement, produced plenty of smiles with its generous gift.

    Founders President and CEO Bruce Brumfield presented the school, started in 1959, with a $1 million check.

  • Remember our lessons from 9-11

    No doubt you remember where you were eight years ago today. Almost all of us can recall what we were doing when we heard the news that terrorist-hijacked airplanes slammed into the Twin Towers in New York City.

    It was a typical Tuesday deadline day in the newsroom as we scrambled to prepare our Wednesday edition of The Lancaster News.

    Issues that demanded our time and undivided attention faded as we watched the events of that fateful day forever change America.

  • A lesson in education and respect

    Both former first lady Laura Bush and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich backed up the president of the United States this week. That’s news because of the great divide between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, left and right, or whatever labels you want to put on the two prevailing political ideologies.

  • Heroes take on many shapes

    My name is Lawrence Bynum and I have a story of two heroes right here in Lancaster. I lost my job of 30 years with Weyerhaeuser on Dec. 14, 2008.

    I started looking very hard for work shortly after that. I was filling out my first applications when I noticed the part that asked for high school diploma or GED. I stopped filling it out because I didn’t have either one. Lying was not in my makeup.

    So I started looking for adult education to get my GED. This is when I met Sue Clemmer and Jean Roach.