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Today's Opinions

  • Wear denim: Show support for victims

    We are asking all employees of our local nonprofit organizations, civic governments and other employers to help us recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    As part of that effort, we are asking people to break the dress code and the silence on April 22 and wear denim to work.

    Denim Day is sponsored by Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault to enlist public support to dispel harmful attitudes about rape.

  • Boy was I wrong about TEA party

    I attended the local TEA party tax protest Wednesday. I thought I had met some really warm, good-hearted people and even began some would-be long friendships.

    I watched a cable news channel, which supported my feeling that these were good people exercising their constitutional rights.

    But then I flipped over to CNN and MSNBC. Thankfully, they told me the “real truth” – that some of these people at the rally were dangerous. In fact, some of these people could have been opposed to abortion.

  • Imagine if newspapers were invented today

    I can understand why newspapers are not viewed as trendy today. After all, they were really the iPods of 1690.

    But humor me, and consider this alternate history: Imagine if Gutenberg had invented a digital modem rather than a printing press, and that for centuries all of our information had come to us online.

    Further, imagine if we held a press conference announcing the invention of an intriguing new product called the “newspaper.”

    That press conference might go something like this:

  • Mastering language reguires learning curve

    There I was, sitting at a folding table, enjoying a delicious barbecue sandwich, some coleslaw and a pile of baked beans at the recent Elgin Volunteer Fire Department barbecue, when I heard the phrase for the first time.

    “It looks like it’s ’bout to come a cloud,” said my coworker, and our newspaper’s resident wordsmith, Greg Summers.

  • USCL Native American archoves one of a kind

    A lot has been said about why the University of South Carolina at Lancaster should not be closed. As a current student and intern in the school’s Native American studies archive, I would like to add another reason.

  • Produce stands boost local economy

    The S.C. Department of Agriculture is coming to the aid of area farmers looking to sell produce. The department, through its S.C. Certified Program, is giving farmers a boost with farm product stands – produce stands.

    The stands were made available to counties, that meet two criteria set by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

    The county must be considered distressed, with a high unemployment rate and a low per-capita income.

  • Paying for new courthouse a waste of money

    I am writing in regard to the comments that Doug Barfield made about the temporary courthouse. If the temporary courthouse is so secure and much better than the old one then why not leave well enough alone.

    There is no sense in spending $33 million on a new courthouse when the temporary one seems to be serving the same purpose and cost much less than $33 million.

    I think the people of Lancaster have a right to state their opinion on the subject since we, as the people, are going to be paying for the new courthouse.

  • Holding court making progress

    The state of Lancaster County judicial matters has taken a turn for the better.

    Such was not the case late last summer when an arsonist torched the Lancaster County Courthouse and Solicitor Doug Barfield’s adjacent office, a few days later.

    Fire damaged the courtroom on the courthouse’s second floor, making it impossible to hold court.

    Proceedings moved to the Municipal Justice Center and County Council chambers, a true sign that city and county officials can work together for the common good.