Today's Opinions

  • Mulvaney pledges to be accessible to constituents

    First of all, a belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Christmas weekend with family and friends. 
    With the new year comes a new Congress, the 112th, which officially began Jan. 5. As the real business at hand gets cranked up, there is a good bit to report.
    Lots of folks have asked about our local offices. Our first office will be in Rock Hill, on Ebenezer Road. This was a fairly simple decision, as more than 50 percent of the District 5 population lives within 20 miles of there.  

  • SCDOT employees worked holidays to keep roads safe

    The dreams of a white Christmas were fulfilled for many South Carolinians this year, with snow beginning on Christmas Day in the upstate and moving throughout most of the state on Dec. 26.
    For S.C. Department of Transportation maintenance employees, a white Christmas means a working Christmas.
    Maintenance crews in 44 of the 46 counties worked over the holiday weekend, plowing snow from the roadways or placing anti-icing chemicals on roads and bridges in an effort to prevent ice from developing.

  • Howard has skills, heart to be police chief

    Today is a historical day for Lancaster Police Department as its first female police chief takes the reins from retiring Police Chief Hugh White.
    Lancaster City Council voted unanimously Dec. 28 to appoint Harlean Howard as the Lancaster Police Department’s next chief.
    She succeeds White, who has been with the department since 1982 and was chief for the past 11 years.
    Howard is no newcomer to law enforcement. She got her start with the Philadelphia Police Department in 1978 and worked there until 1989.

  • Spratt reflects on 28 years of service to 5th District

    On Dec. 22, 2010, U.S. Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) submitted the following
    statement for the record:
    Madam Speaker, when I was elected to Congress 28 years ago, it was the fulfillment of a life-long ambition. But I had never served in elective office before, and frankly, I wondered how well it would wear – all the backslapping and glad-handing and garrulous talk.

  • Positive start for a new year

    Ringing out the old and ringing in the new is a common practice as we say good riddance to the bad of a previous year and hope for good in the new one.
    It’s real encouraging to start a new year off with some good news. Believe it or not, we have some good news in Lancaster County.
    Just before Christmas, we reported that four local companies expect to hire hundreds of people this year.

  • Spratt has done outstanding job of serving district, nation

    During the past year, we have been very critical of U.S. Congressman John Spratt and his voting record.
    In fact, we have written several letters to the editor expressing our displeasure. We strongly believed Mr. Spratt had been mistakenly following Nancy Pelosi’s lead in recent years on the many bills being considered in Congress.

  • Thanks to all who helped Friends Used Book Room

    Thanks from the Friends of the Del Webb Library Used Book Room for supporting our holiday book sale Dec. 4.
    Our sale total for books, calendars and bookmarks was $543, which easily surpassed our December 2009 sale total of $300.
    Also a tremendous thanks to those of you who became generous members in 2010, supported us with your book donations and, of course, those of you who made regular purchases.

  • Domestic abuse serious problem in South Carolina

    Many women and children are in serious danger in a place where they should be safe and secure- within their own home.
    Domestic violence is a very serious problem in the state of South Carolina.
    Annually, more than 36,000 victims report a domestic incident to law enforcement agencies around the state.
    During the past 13 years, an average of 33 women have been killed each year by their intimate partner.
    In South Carolina, the term domestic violence refers to violence between a male and female who are married, or share a child in common.