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Today's Opinions

  • Your newspaper vital to your community

    The community newspaper you hold in your hand plays an important role in your quality of life. Weekly, nondaily and other local publications help strengthen the communities they serve.

    Community newspapers boost the local economy – both through advertising and in news coverage. They showcase community businesses at a time we need to be shopping locally, investing in the community and protecting local jobs. They allow mom and pop businesses to reach their most likely customers.

  • Drugs cause people to do bad things

    Tell me whats wrong with this picture. A man gets five years prison time after giving a baby brain damage.

    Another man gets 15 years after killing a man in front of the police.

    Melvin Steele’s killer only got a 15-year sentence.  My son, Phillip Sims, got a 27-year sentence for stealing a van with children in it.

  • Obama diverts discussion about his plan

    We are being bombarded with Obama propaganda.

    As it becomes more and more evident that spending trillions of our dollars on his recovery plan is wasteful and irresponsible, his strategy is to divert the discussion by saying, “You know, we didn’t cause this situation, it was eight years of Bush.” This is outright dishonesty.

  • People should hold our leaders accountable

    We the people have given ourselves a big problem by the choices we have made choosing our elected officials.

    Ask any teacher what happens when a child is caught doing something wrong. His or her first statement is “I didn’t do it.” Our politicians – local, state and federal – have created for us some very bad problems that are not their fault. Then they campaign to fix the problem that was not their fault.

  • Family grateful for help during search for child

    I would like to send out a truly heartfelt thank you to the Lancaster County Sherrif’s Office, EMS and all of the special teams that were called in to help in locating my daughter Zoe Helms on the evening of Feb. 26.

    I was overwhelmed at the outpouring of support from neighbors, some of whom I did not even know. There is no way to describe how literally sick you feel when you cannot find your child. I have to commend everyone for coming together and showing true concern, love and support. Everyone was very diligent in the search and reassured me that they would find her.

  • New post office a welcome IL addition

    Almost five years ago, the U.S. Postal Service began looking for someone to open a contract post office in the Indian Land area.

    Last month, someone finally took them up on the offer.

    Janice and Paul Slagle, who own the Panhandle Food Store and Valero (formerly Citgo) gas station, opened a contract postal unit in their store on Feb. 10.

    The store is located at one of Indian Land’s busiest intersections – U.S. 521 and S.C. 160.

  • Burke exemplifies caring for others

    She stopped by the office to tout the awards of two outstanding Lancaster County residents. Marvin Starks, general manager of Nibrol, a window treatment manufacturer in Lancaster, had received the W. Perry Gaines Award.

    The man the award was named after was a long-time chairman of the State Job Training Council and avid supporter of the state’s workforce development system. The award is given to someone who embraces that same philosophy.

  • Radical action needed to clean up economy

    Get real L.R. Maguire, (Obama diverts discussion about his plan, March 6.) The Republicans controlled Congress the last six years of Clinton’s presidency and the White House and Congress the first six years of Bush’s presidency. You say the mortgage crisis is Clinton’s fault? Clinton’s idea to make home ownership more available to the poor and middle class was well-intended, but it took the complicity of Republicans and Democrats to exploit that idea and create this crisis.