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Today's Opinions

  • Air Force mourns loss of Airey

    A dear friend and confidant, former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul Wesley Airey, died March 11 in Panama City, Fla., home of Tyndall Air Force Base.

    “Chief Airey was an airman’s airman and one of the true pioneers for our service,” said Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff. “He was a warrior, an innovator… and a leader with vision well ahead of his time. His legacy lives today in the truly professional enlisted force we have serving our nation… and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude.”

  • Reporter becomes fan

    There was this guy recently in the Lancaster High gymnasium looking like he was having the time of his life.

    It was March 12, when the Harlem MagicMasters basketball team came to town for an exhibition.

    With every fancy dribble or breath-taking dunk, this spectator shouted and cheered. Many of the stunts even brought him out his seat.

    You could easily tell this person was enjoying himself at this game, which was held to raise money for the Lancaster Fatherhood Project.

  • USCL solution to economic downturn

    While I agree with Gov. Mark Sanford’s fiscal conservatism, in theory, his proposal to cut off funding to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster would be like a farmer disconnecting the water supply to his crops – hoping rain will do.

  • Face it: We have a black president

    I am writing in response to Bobbie Faile’s letter, “Republicans not down and out,” in the March 4 edition of The Lancaster News. It’s people like you who let’s us know that  racism still exists.

    No one asked whether you were a Democrat or Republican. I’m so sick and tired of people like you downing Barack Obama. He’s been in the chair two months and you are trashing his name. It’s not the fact that he is the president. Your problem is that he’s black. Face it, we have a black president.

  • Open doors of government

    Do you want to know what your government is up to? What it’s doing with your tax dollars? When it will propose a new health care policy? Where it’s sending young men and women to fight? How it’s regulating banks and bailing out the financial industry? Why children in our public schools aren’t performing as well as their counterparts in other countries?

    Of course you do. It’s your right to know these things. Dozens of state and federal laws say so.

  • Sanford is naive about USCL

    It’s no surprise that Gov. Mark Sanford’s proposal in his latest budget to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster hasn’t picked up much support here. It’s probably not much of a surprise that the proposal hasn’t picked up much steam in the Legislature, either.

    Sanford argued several years ago that the state had too many state-supported colleges and some of them needed to close. But his argument failed to gain traction in the Legislature then and it hasn’t gained much there now, even with the economy in its worst shape in decades.

  • Organizers grateful for benefit support

    Thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the benefit gospel singing for Jody Miles on March 14 at New Hope Baptist Church. First and foremost to God whose power is made perfect in our weakness.

    We thank Rick Jackson and Norman Gooch, who organized this event and Julian Saverance, Dexter Faile, April Faulkenberry, Gospel Ray and the Faithful Sons and Standfast for bringing the word of God to us through your music.

  • Council needs to reconsider blocked exit

    I do not live directly on Rock Street or Willow Lake Road, but I travel on it once or more a day. I have grandchildren on Marion Street. I live on Arch Street at the corner of Caskey Lane. I turn on Rock Street to get to Marion Street where a sister-in-law lives in the Rock Street Apartments. My husband takes her to pay her bills, to doctors appointments and other outings. He has to turn right on Willow lake Road to get to the bypass because the back exit from Pardue Apartments is blocked.