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Today's Opinions

  • Webster deserved his special recognition

    An old line says every dog has its day. If so, then Webster, the Hospice Care of South Carolina in Lancaster office therapy dog, received his just due.

    The 10 ½-year-old Labrador/husky mix, nicknamed “Webbie,” died of kidney failure in September.

    For the better part of his life, Webster brought endless joy to hospice patients. Joan Long, the dog’s owner, took Webster along on visits to help brighten the final days of countless hospice patients.

    Webster, a real trooper, did all he could to produce smiles and bring a little canine sunshine.

  • Outreach Project grateful for support

    On behalf of The Lancaster County Outreach Project, an initiative of Lancaster County Partners for Youth, I would like to thank United Way of Lancaster County, Communities in Schools, the staff and management of Walgreens in Lancaster and Indian Land and the residents of Lancaster County for their outpouring of support during our recent school supply drive.

    The Lancaster County Outreach Project was able to give 169 children of various grade levels school supplies so they could have a great start in the 2010-11 school year.  

  • Great teachers deserve recognition

    The Lancaster County School District’s Celebrate Great Teaching Award presentations didn’t have the fanfare of past events, but nonetheless four outstanding educators were duly honored for their wonderful work.

    In recent years, the recipients were saluted during a special assembly in front of their peers to launch the new school term.

    This year, district officials still opted to honor the teachers, but the ceremony, as part of a cost-cutting measure with a furlough day, wasn’t held.

  • Show your candidate support with letters

    Today is the first official day of fall, also known as the autumnal equinox. That’s when the sun will be directly over the Earth’s equator, making the length of day and night equal from pole to pole.

    Fall is usually marked with cooler temperatures and vibrant beauty as the fall foliage puts on its annual colorful display.

    However, that colorful display could be impacted by the high temperatures and extreme dry spell we are experiencing. The weather forecast calls for extended heat, no rain and temperatures in the 90s.

  • If Spratt loses this district will sink from sight in Washington

    A friend recently asked me who I was supporting in the 5th District Congressional race. It reminded me that I had the opportunity to play golf at a Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce function with Mick Mulvaney some years ago. I had some face time with him, off the record. He was a good golfer. However, my impression was that he was a lot further right than anything I wanted to be associated with. When I finished the round I resolved to keep as far from him as I could.

  • USCL playes vital role in future of county

    Some people believe Lancaster’s future is as a college town. One of them is Dr. John Catalano, dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. He’s working to increase the size of USCL, which he believes will help transform Lancaster into a college town.

    The first step in expanding USCL is an $8 million classroom building, which the college hopes to break ground on within two years.

  • There's no need for mud slinging

    We, as a people, are quick to point a finger at other people not realizing that three fingers are pointed back in our own direction.

    I am a Democrat and I will support a Democrat ticket. I saw the signs on U.S. 521 concerning U.S. Rep. Spratt that said “Sack Spratt.”

    Everyone has an opinion. But I have a question. What will we be getting if Spratt does not go back into office? Once in office things start to change – sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

  • Enrichment program needs permanent site

    Mount Calvary Outreach Center Inc. completed its 21st year of the Summer Enrichment Program. The 2010 summer program hosted an average of 90 children, ages 4-16, for four weeks of learning, fellowship and fun.  

    The youth were organized by age into four groups and were led by members of the community in activities that included Bible study, music, educational activities, computer time, swimming and nutrition classes.  

    Monday through Thursday the youth and leaders met at Mount Calvary Outreach Church for group time, fellowship, exercise and announcements.