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Today's Opinions

  • Writer urges Sanford to visit USCL

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster had its beginning in an old two-story house on Chesterfield Avenue in Lancaster in 1959. USCL, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, began with an enrollment of 56 students. Six courses were taught by four professors who traveled back and forth from Columbia to Lancaster. We Lancasterians were and are so proud of USCL and the opportunities it affords our young people to achieve at least two years of college while living at home which makes college more affordable.

  • The rights of the unborn child need not be forgotten

    Jan. 22, 2009, was the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion. For  36 years, Americans of all walks of life have taken to the streets of Washington D.C. to have their voices heard.

    They don’t get media attention, but still the word gets out – people are listening – abortion is wrong and more and more women are choosing life. Here in South Carolina the number of abortions declined by 50 percent.

  • Losing USCL would be detrimental to county

    I, too, was appalled when I learned that Gov. Mark Sanford wanted to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. USCL offered me a great opportunity of being employed there for 12 years. As a former employee and USCL student, I did not waste my time trying to find out if Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon-Brace “had done her homework” or if she “was from here.” I contacted Dean John Catalano to ask what could I do to support USCL.

  • Family grateful for bone marrow drive

    I am writing this letter to thank the people of Lancaster County, the Buford community and especially Hopewell United Methodist Church for sponsoring a bone marrow donor drive in December. We moved from Lancaster more than 25 years ago as newlyweds, and yet our old friends and church family continue to amaze us.

    After learning that our 15-year-old daughter, Laura Margaret, needed a bone marrow match, these wonderful people worked quickly and tirelessly to organize a first-class bone marrow donor drive.

  • Losing USCL would have impact on many

    A few weeks ago, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Dean Dr. John Catalano asked us to imagine our county without USCL.

    It is painful to try to imagine how losing USCL would hurt the people of – not just our county – but of the surrounding area and in fact, our entire state.

    It is hard to imagine the hardships many of our senior citizens would face if they could no longer go to the USCL Gregory Health and Wellness Center for therapy.

  • Artisan’s Center has so much potential

    The city and the downtown area needs the Artisan’s Center as a means to head off into a more positive direction for the community.

    Does anyone remember the store that used to be located where Chastain’s Studio Lofts is now located? No? Neither do I.

    But you cannot miss the lovely store front on Main Street where the Chastain studio is now located, and so one can only imagine how nice the Artisan’s Center will be.

    Does the Artisan’s Center location become an attraction for the downtown area, or just become another large empty store?

  • New faces, new places

    From the big house to the state house. From the county seat to the city seat. From the sheriff’s office to Highway Patrol. New faces in new places.

    At the head of our nation’s helm is the first black president. Locally, we have the first woman from Lancaster County serving in the S.C. House of Representatives. We have a new state senator.

    We have a new sheriff and new person in charge of Highway Patrol.

  • Banners display spirit of community

    Downtown Lancaster will soon be adorned with special banners. These 80 banners, the work of community artists, will hang from the lamp posts around the city.

    Recently a group of McDonald Green Elementary students painted some of the banners which will colorfully unfurl in the downtown wind.

    The project wasn’t limited to the students, who ranged from third- to fifth-graders. Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore tried his hand.