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Today's Opinions

  • Habitat for Humanity on solid ground

    The local Habitat for Humanity is building on a good year.

    A year from now, the local Habitat for Humanity is hoping to have two new builds and one rehabilitation project completed.

    So far, the progress is as solid as the materials used to construct local homes as well as improve housing.

    The Caskey Lane project in Lancaster should be finished by the end of summer. The organization has been building two single-family homes in the east Lancaster neighborhood.

  • Dawkins, Balkcum deserve recognition

    Debra Dawkins had her share of days in magistrate’s court.

    For her unending work and dedication to the job as magistrate judge, Dawkins had a special day.

    Lancaster County recently honored Dawkins for more than 30 years of work with the magistrate’s office.

    Since 1999, she has served as a county magistrate, the first black to hold the post here.

    A proclamation honoring Dawkins noted she had a “sense of fairness and justice, and worked tirelessly to improve the judicial system.”

  • Blood, cancer center asset to county

    In November 2008, I went to my family surgeon, Dr. Sunil Lalla, for my yearly check up. He asked me how long it had been since I had a colonoscopy and I told him that it had been two years. He said I needed one because of my age.

    When my report came back showing that I had cancer and needed surgery, my family was told to accompany me to the doctor’s office. When he told me that it was malignant and that I need to take chemotherapy, his nurse, Mandy Gooch, wrapped her arms around me and told me that things would go fine. She had some great words for me.

  • Sanford apologizes

    I have struggled with how best to convey my regret in letting so many down, and in that regard I realize this op-ed does not do justice to the process of saying “I am sorry.”

    A handwritten note or phone call would ultimately be more appropriate, but given the number of people I need to apologize to I write this to begin the journey of trying to get things more right with you and others.

  • Sanford's actions were a 'dereliction of duty'

    The past several weeks have been ones of turmoil for our state. The actions of Gov. Mark Sanford have shocked and saddened us all. He has broken the public trust and now has the burden of answering for those actions.

    While I do not condone what our governor has done, any actions from this point forward must be reasonable, responsible and based on fact with the best interests of South Carolina at the forefront.

    His admitted relationship with a woman other than his wife is not of the utmost concern except to him, his wife, family and God.

  • Freedom allows us to be insane and say stupid things

    Inherent in the First Amendment’s guarantee of free speech is the freedom to be inane – the freedom to say stupid nothings.

    Nothing illustrates this better than Sal Rao’s recent letter to the editor. The letter is full of vague accusations and pointed demagoguery – no source is ever given for any of his assertions. (i.e. the Congressional Record, newspapers, etc.)

    The letter contains nothing of substance – simply the usual rantings you hear from the neo-con talking heads.

  • Pleasant Hill needs your help

    The Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department that the fire commission wants to close is a group of several generations of men, who volunteer their time to help the community and neighboring fire stations. Together they are trying to make a difference in the Pleasant Hill community.

    This group of 12 work together to make decisions to better the community. Some decisions that have been recently made may not have been the best, but who is perfect? There is no such thing as perfect people.

  • Sanford is selfish and arrogant

    I’ve always said Gov. Mark Sanford is selfish and arrogant. His recent episodes confirm that. He never listens to anyone. He does what he wants to do. When he tried to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus, he refused to respond to all of us who tried to contact him.

    His Argentina affair is not the issue. The issue is he left South Carolina for almost a week with no way to contact him. How arrogant. What if we had a real emergency? Whose head would have rolled? He had no consideration for his family nor the folks of South Carolina.