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Today's Opinions

  • Poverty impacting children, our future

    Chronic and increasing unemployment. Home foreclosures. Loss of health insurance. More homeless families. All of these factors paint a bleak economic picture. But this is not a startling revelation. We’re all fully aware of our economic conditions. But some recently released data does reveal some startling statistics.
    According to the 2011 KIDS COUNT Data Book published by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the U.S. Census, the economy is having a negative impact on the most vulnerable of society – children.

  • Writer praises law officers

    I would like to thank our Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. This man has a tremendous load to handle. He is doing a wonderful job. He comes from a law enforcement background and he knows every aspect of law enforcement.
    We, as a society, are quick to criticize. But when praise is due, we forget.
    I, for one, call them every holiday and thank them and also our Police Chief Harlean Howard. She is also doing a great job. She is an asset to the city of Lancaster. God bless you too, Chief Howard.
    These people risk their lives every day for us.

  • ‘Coach’ personified tough love, on and off the mat

    Indian Land High School assistant principal David Sweem’s words resonated with me as we discussed coach Mike Kersey earlier this week.
    Coach Kersey died Tuesday afternoon as a result of an ATV accident at his Van Wyck home last Saturday afternoon.
    Since that time, there’s been an outpouring of emotion, much woven through the many stories of Kersey’s impact on the youngsters, both elementary school and high school students, he touched over the course of a 17-year career education career in Lancaster County.

  • Please don’t approve any more taxes

    I do not believe I have sent a letter of opinion to a newspaper in my life. So you can imagine my sincere feeling about this subject to send one now.
    The title of my subject is: No more taxes or fees.
    A few weeks ago, I was very proud of our County Council members when they decided not to increase taxes and fees for next year’s budget. This was after a public meeting where a number of residents expressed their concerns about increasing taxes and fees.

  • Solyndra underscores flaws in ‘stimulus’ act

    If anyone needs more proof that the White House sold us a bill of goods when it pressured Congress to pass the “stimulus” act of 2009, just look at what has happened with Solyndra Inc.
     Those who’ve been following the news lately probably know that Solyndra was a California solar energy company that’s just filed for bankruptcy protection after receiving a half-billion dollar government loan under the stimulus act. The bankruptcy, of course, is terrible news for taxpayers.

  • Merger will increase access to broadband technology

    Some people think AT&T’s proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA is just a national or Wall Street issue, but it’s really a Main Street issue.
    The combination of these companies will bring together their resources and allow AT&T to expand its new cutting edge mobile network, 4G LTE, to more than 96 percent of South Carolinians.

  • Hospital deserves its awards and recognition

    If you have the misfortune of experiencing a life-threatening ordeal like a heart attack or stroke, you do have the good fortune of having a quality hospital nearby to help save your life.
    Doug Arbour, chief executive officer of Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, is living proof.
    On a night in mid-May, Arbour awoke with what he thought was indigestion.
    It wasn’t. It was worse, much worse. In this case a massive heart attack.

  • Newspapers not going away

    National Newspaper Week, Oct. 2-8, is a time to celebrate the unique role newspapers play in our society and dispel the myth that they are going away.
    It may be difficult for some to see through the fog of recession and digital disruption, but if you look closely you’ll see that newspapers remain quite healthy.
    Despite the doomsayers, newspapers are actually growing readership as we find new ways to reach consumers.