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Today's Opinions

  • S.C.’s low literacy rates impact employment

    On Aug. 25, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce held its State of Education Breakfast, an event that some of you attended. Guest speakers included Dr. Gene Moore, Lancaster County School Superintendent, Dr. Greg Rutherford, president of York Technical College, Dr. John Catalano, dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, and Robert C. Barnett, vice president of education for the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Radical right tuned into Constitution than the left

    Merrel Wilkenfeld’s in his letter, “Radical right should embrace whole Constitution,” in the Sept. 4 edition of The Lancaster News, has proven again  that the left is really uninformed, misinformed and does not know or understand the Constitution.
    The so called radical, religious right is more tuned into the Constitution than the left. The left always brings out the words – separation of church and state – mentioned in the Constitution. I ask them to go and read the separation-of-church-and-state clause again.

  • Community bond evident at outdoor movie

    It was a perfect night for a movie. Caroline Hasty, events manager for the city of Lancaster, got the elderly man a chair and sat it up on the grass at the normally vacant lot at the corner of Main and Gay streets Saturday night. I use the term “elderly” loosely, but I’m 60 and he was older than me.
    Hasty told me that the man always spoke to her when they meet on the street, that he lived alone at the Parr Apartments and that she told him if he came to the movie she would make sure he had a chair. She did.

  • Memories of 9/11 fill a cardboard box

    When I was home visiting my family this summer, I opened a cardboard box that had been sealed for nearly 10 years. Inside were items I had carefully and reverently packed away, knowing that someday I would want to see them again – knowing that they were artifacts from a terrible time in our country’s history.

  • Determination helped us survive 9/11

    Memories of 9/11 take me back to the summer of 2001, a couple months prior to that tragic September day in our nation’s history.
    The week of July Fourth our family vacation took us to New York City.
    In the years before, we had opted for the annual family beach trip, but that summer we took a train north.
    Turns out it was a good decision because a tornado hit the Grand Strand that week. We were stunned with the news that most likely we would have been in the storm’s path.

  • Writer prays every day for our nation

    My remembrance of Sept. 11 is still very vivid in my mind today – 10 years later.

  • It felt as if the world stopped turning

  • A day I will never forget

    Sept.11, 2001, was a day of widely mixed feelings for me. The morning began as normal. I had a good feeling about what I would be involved in that day.