.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • Council has to abide by federal, state laws

    Recently there have been several letters to the editor complaining that County Council has misplaced priorities or has failed to address certain road maintenance issues.

    As county administrator, I readily admit that county operations are run by humans and therefore we are not perfect. Complaints and suggestions for improvement are welcome, but we do ask that they be based on fact and several recent letters were simply not factual.

  • New faces, fresh start for See Lancaster

    Passion, energy, experience. Those are words that come to our mind when we think of the three women who are now leading See Lancaster, the organization that promotes tourism in Lancaster County.

    See Lancaster was reorganized this summer after some deliberations between a special task force and Lancaster City Council. The new See Lancaster still has a mission of promoting tourism in the county, but it also heads up the Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina.

  • Unemployed get bills instead of checks

    I am writing because I am outraged over unemployment benefits. There is enough hurt with all the job losses in our town and state.

    Recently, I was looking for my unemployment check – which I am entitled to – in the mail. Instead, I got a bill for what they called “overpayment.”

    The state wants the money back from the emergency benefits program that President Obama approved.

  • Blackmon family appreciates support

    I would like to thank the citizens of Lancaster County for ensuring Preston Blackmon’s legacy lives on through the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center. Your efforts in making the center a success reciprocates the love that Preston had for each one of you.

    A special thanks to the Revs. George and Stella Williams, Deliverance Word of Faith Church family, Southside Adult Family Literacy Project and Southside Literacy Board for reflecting upon Preston’s life and naming the center in the honor.

  • Be skeptical of rush to pass health care reform bill

    The founding principle of our nation is that we are a free people – a nation that has a government, not the other way around, as President Ronald Reagan put it.

    To that end, our founders created the most amazing experiment ever in the course of human history, articulated by the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Both of these documents established how we arrange our affairs in this nation so as to create maximum individual liberty in an ordered society: not anarchy, not tyranny, but the best balance between the two. In short, ordered liberty.

  • Darlings, Belles made us proud

    A pair of Lancaster youth softball teams earned berths to the 2009 World Series in Sumter.

    The teams, who qualified for the prestigious tournament, did so by winning state championships on the way to Sumter.

    When they made the trip to Sumter to launch their World Series drive, the girls’ goals were to bring home a coveted Series title.

    The teams – the Lancaster County Darlings and Southern Belles – fell short in their respective bids.

  • Spratt responds to calls about bill

    I understand the sentiment of those who are calling us to say that they do not want their medical care delivered from Washington. But I also understand that 50 percent of all health care in this country is either paid for or provided through the federal government. That includes Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Tricare Standard, Tricare for Life, Veterans Health Care, Military Health Care, Indian Health Care, the Public Health Service, and the Federal Employees Benefit Program.

  • County adult educators care about students

    I would like to let everyone in Lancaster County know that we do have some of the nicest and most wonderful folks in our town.

    The teachers of the adult education classes are so caring and they devote their time to help others. We are fortunate to have such devoted people.

    They always seem to have the time for each student there.

    They listen to you either about work or everyday life. They are not just there for the teaching. They go far beyond their ability to help each and every one.