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Today's Opinions

  • Veterans have paid the cost of freedom

    Lancaster resident Earl Gainey held a miniature American flag in one hand and Ginger’s leash in the other as they waited for the Veterans Day parade to begin on Saturday. Clear skies and bright sun made it a perfect day for a parade.

    Gainey and his pet dog were there to show support for Gainey’s son and other veterans participating in the parade.

    People started to line the sidewalks. Stachia Sistare handed out the miniature American flags. The crowd cheered and waved the flags as veterans rode by.

  • Newspaper giving wrong impression of absentee voters

    The amount of attention paid to the number of absentee requests for the Nov. 3 general election is a farce. In the Oct. 25 editorial, “Just how credible is mystery candidate?,” there are some statements made in paragraphs seven, 19 and 20 that I think are slanderous.

    Paragraph seven lists the areas where the highest concentration of absentee ballots were coming from, according to the voter registration office.

  • Education accountability remains strong in state

    South Carolina has been a leader in education accountability for more than a decade.

    Well before Congress imposed the burdensome requirements of No Child Left Behind, our state, unlike most, had set its own very challenging goals, combining high standards, demanding assessments, ambitious achievement targets and accountability for results in a comprehensive system often praised as an example for the nation.

  • Michigan looks to SC for guidance on transparency

     In late October, I was honored to be contacted by leaders of the Michigan state legislature who had heard about my office’s government transparency efforts and hope to emulate those efforts in their own state. 

  • County needs company like Springs

    When I was 16 years old I went to work for Springs Industries. I was a clean up, blow-off hand on the second shift in the weave room. I worked for Springs most of my working life. It was the place to work.

    All of us who worked for Springs had a job that we knew was going to give us full-time work. I worked hard and tried to make the most of my job. I was fortunate enough to get a number of appointments in supervision.

  • Support veterans by attending parade

    They represented various wars – World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Iraq. There were even some prisoners of war.

    They – veterans – were participating in last year’s Veterans Day parade in downtown Lancaster. They were the honorees. Those standing on the sidewalks, waving their hands and small American flags were doing the honoring.

  • LHS tennis team has successful program

     A rising star in Lancaster High School fall sports is the Lady Bruins’ tennis program.

  • McGriff fair, open-minded, represents all citizens

    I write in support of my friend and colleague, Charlene McGriff, as she makes her bid for Lancaster County Council District 2 seat. I met Charlene in 1992 after my father-in-law, T.T. Barnes, realized that both Charlene and I were  concerned with the plight of young males in Lancaster County.