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Today's Opinions

  • Support the effort to halt alcohol, tobacco use

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth of Lancaster County is looking to take a team effort approach in combating teen alcohol consumption and early tobacco use.

    The coalition is shooting to have local businesses be a positive force in the fight by doing what they can to do what’s right.

    The coalition, formerly known as the Lancaster County Prevention Coalition, is seeking support from local businesses to help in the battle to halt the underage use of alcohol and tobacco.

  • Educate yourself about candidates at TEA Party

    April has come and gone. Getting our income tax worries are behind us until next year. But wait, there is something else going on.

    People all over America are frustrated about the lack of jobs, growth of the federal government, lack of transparency and accountability in our state and federal government.

    Many of us locally who feel this way have been involved with the Lancaster TEA Party movement for just over a year. Our little town is in step with all of the other TEA Parties statewide and nationwide.

  • Writer supports Barrett for governor

    Please vote in the June 22 runoff even if your candidate was not one of the top two vote-getters. The selection of a person to be the governor of our state is a very important one. The person for that job is Gresham Barrett.

    Duly elected officials, even when they are running for higher office, must go to their job and vote on legislation, especially their own. I do not want a governor who can’t be responsible.

    Lynne Carroll

    Indian Land

     

  • Legal system should operate fairly, quickly

    In a recent column, retired Judge Don Rushing correctly stated that it is the people in the judicial system who are the problem, and not the system itself.

    However, in that same column, Judge Rushing appears to disparage the people’s right to criticize a system that is clearly broken, regardless of the reason.

    To emphasize my point, let’s take a look at the case that dominated the news in the days immediately following the publication of Judge Rushing’s column. It was a case from Utah concerning a murderer named Ronnie Lee Gardner.

  • Spend time with your dad today

    Today is a red letter day for all you dads out there. It’s Father’s Day and, if you’re lucky, you can look forward to a special meal, a hand-lettered card from a small child or grandchild and of, course, the ubiquitous necktie.

    Since 1966 when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day, Americans have set aside that day to honor their fathers and grandfathers.

  • Join effort to save library funding

    Tuesday is a critical day for South Carolina  library users and supporters.

    Gov. Mark Sanford has vetoed all state aid for public libraries. Library supporters must act now to urge the Legislature to overturn vetoes 31 and 92.

    The General Assembly meets Tuesday to consider overriding these and 105 other vetoes.

    The governor is working hard to secure the votes he needs to sustain his vetoes. We have never faced anything like this before, and the result will be devastating to library services in Lancaster County.

  • Writer thanks person who returned purse

    On June 1, while visiting my parents, we made our usual visit to Walmart. This visit turned out to be anything but usual. After loading our bags in the car, we returned to my parents’ house. I then took my mom to the doctor.

    As I started to get out of the car, I noticed that my purse was not in the car. I called my dad and he looked around the house with no luck. I then realized I had left it in the shopping cart at Walmart. We returned to Walmart where I looked in the closest trashcans with no luck.

  • Old jail is worth saving

    Do we save it or let it go? That’s the question Lancaster County officials are facing with the historic jail building on West Gay Street in downtown Lancaster.

    The top of the building is sinking and an engineer has told the county the building could collapse. The building hasn’t been used as a jail in years, but has housed the county’s Emergency Operation Center, Lancaster County Fire Service and Emergency Management. After a structural engineer informed the county of the problem, the operation center was moved out of the building.