Today's Opinions

  • Know signs of child abuse and neglect

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
    In 2011, S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) officials report that the agency investigated 17,514 cases of abuse or neglect throughout the state. Of that number, 6,810 cases indicated some form of abuse.                  
    Lancaster County investigated 423 cases of abuse or neglect, and, of that number, 152 cases indicated some form of abuse.

  • Make pledge this week to ‘be a force of nature’

    This past year has been an important reminder to all of us that severe weather can strike anytime and anyplace. This week, April 22-28, commemorates the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado outbreak in the Central and Southern states.
    In the South, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina were tragically affected. Already this year the country has experienced deadly severe weather from the West to the East Coast.

  • Rosie’s Easter Bash another success

    On behalf of the city of Lancaster, I would like to send a shout-out to everyone who made Lancaster’s second Rosie’s Easter Bash a success.
    These individuals brought their talents and energy, which created an atmosphere of family and fun to an estimated 3,000 folks hunting for 4,000 eggs.
    Thank you to the Lancaster High School Civinettes, Sarina Johnson, Jasmine Brown, Aliya Byrd, Charleen Allen and adviser Stacey Kirkley, who took time out after school during February and March to collect candy and fill eggs, as well as volunteer at the bash.

  • Take care in how you raise your children

    “Our children are our future.” No truer words have been spoken. Imagine a future without our children. Not in the sense that they are not here, but lost to us through our own selfish neglect. I am  not saying every waking moment should be in pursuit of a need or want for your children. But listen to them, love them and raise them to be the loving, caring adults God intended them to be.

    Patricia Thompson

  • Help battle cancer at April 27 Relay for Life

    Just as the effects of a challenging economy are felt by families in every community, cancer, too, has a far-reaching impact. No matter how the stock market is performing or what the current unemployment rate may be, there are still many people battling a cancer diagnosis and many others who are lending support alongside loved ones every day.
    These realities make the dollars donated and volunteer hours devoted to the American Cancer Society – a part of Lancaster County for many years – critically important.

  • It’s important to support 4-H clubs

    Lancaster County 4-H welcomes you: What’s the meaning of this sign if there are no 4-H clubs?
    The 4-H pledge is “I pledge my head to clearer thinking; my heart to greater loyalty; my hands to larger services and my health to better living for my club, my community, my country and my world.” The 4-H motto is “To make the best better.”
    What could be better in this day and time than to have such a club to help empower our youth during their trying times?

  • Girl Scout volunteers make a difference

    Last week was Volunteer Appreciation Week, with Sunday, April 22, being Girl Scout Leader Appreciation Day.
    I want to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every Girl Scout volunteer for their contributions to our organization.

  • Support Relay, help in fight against cancer

    In the spring of 1985, Dr. Gordon Klatt, a colorectal surgeon from Tacoma, Wash., sought to raise money for the American Cancer Society in honor of his patients.
    For 24 hours, a dedicated Klatt walked around the track at Baker Stadium at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma.
    Throughout the night, his friends paid $25 each to walk or run 30 minutes with him.
    He walked about 83 miles and raised $27,000 to fight cancer.