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Today's Opinions

  • USCL campus prepared writer for navel career

    I read Jenny Hartley’s wonderful article on Gov. Mark Sanford’s proposal to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

    As a 2001 graduate, (associate’s degree in science), it gave me the education I needed to have a successful naval career (seven years, making E-6 in six years).

    USCL helped me complete my bachelor’s degree in nuclear engineering technology from Thomas Edison State College.

  • Smith top of class on hardwood

    In South Carolina, high school football has the legendary John McKissick.

    His counterpart in Palmetto State hoops would likely be Great Falls High School’s John Smith.

    McKissick is the legendary Summerville High School head football coach, who is the winningest prep football coach in the country.

    Smith, a Lancaster native and a former Lancaster High School basketball star, stands just as tall in his respective sport.

    Smith, in 40 seasons guiding the Red Devils, has more than 800 wins – an average of 20 victories a season.

  • USCLancaster is a model for other schools

    Editor’s note: Sen. Mick Mulvaney presented this letter to Gov. Mark Sanford on opening day of 2009 S.C. General Assembly.

    I received your proposed budget late last week, and the courtesy call from your office indicating that you had proposed the closure of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

  • IL library now open

    Although this sounds clichéd, the excitement really was palpable at the ribbon-cutting for the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    Even before 3 p.m., the 54 chairs in the front were filled to capacity.

    Others had to stand on their tiptoes, craning their necks for a view of the historic event.

    But the ribbon-cutting – the symbolic culmination of several years of planning and work by the Lancaster County Library’s board, its staff and many others in the community – was not the main event Sunday.

  • Closing USCL would be a huge mistake

    I read with great concern the article regarding the proposed phasing out of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster by Gov. Mark Sanford.

    To close this campus would be a huge mistake, eliminating the opportunity for a lot of young people to attend college.

    USCL allows high school graduates who did not make SAT scores high enough to be admitted to the University of South Carolina in Columbia or Winthrop the chance to start college courses, make the grades and later transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Governor’s cuts sends elitist message

    While I agree that there are indeed inefficiencies in our education system, I directly relate them to our leaders from Columbia. In the past several weeks Gov. Mark Sanford has used scare tactics to make a point.

    Instead of finding and providing resolutions to fix South Carolina’s economic drought, our governor shows hollow leadership proposing a budget that could devastate the city of Lancaster. It is very obvious that he cares for only those who “need” instead of those in need.

  • Angel Tree workers grateful for help from residents

    Christian Services Angel Tree would like to thank all of the people who donated their time, money and toys to our kids this year.

    As usual Lancaster residents always come through and we were able to give gifts to 1,861 children, 261 more than our normal average. It would be impossible to list the more 250 churches, businesses, and individuals who helped. So we thank you all with a warm heart knowing that people still care. We were also blessed with donations from Fort Lawn, Pageland, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Charlotte, Chester, Florida, Monroe and Waxhaw to name a few.

  • Writer commends Piggly Wiggly for help

    I would like to take the opportunity to both recognize and thank Rick Hinson and Piggly Wiggly for their generous donations to the community. Each year Kanawha Insurance Co. has a food drive for Helping Other People Effectively (HOPE) and throughout this drive we have several fundraising efforts to purchase the items most needed by HOPE.

    For the past two years, we have held a hot dog sale within our company as one such fundraiser. Piggly Wiggly has generously donated the hot dogs.