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Today's Opinions

  • America’s dream of civil society fading

    It was a Friday evening and we went to dinner at a local restaurant. We sat down and had just started to look at the menu, when from a booth a few tables away, we heard the sound of a mother cursing at one of the two small children with her. She was swearing about a green balloon one of the children wanted. A moment later, she was threatening to beat them if they didn’t eat their food – again using foul language.

  • Lack of insurance deterrent to skate park

    Editor’s note: Lancaster resident Dustin Owens has sought support from Lancaster City Council, Lancaster County Council and Lancaster County Parks and Recreation for a local skateboarding park. In a letter, “Skate park supporter’s request falls on deaf ears,” published April 4, Owens shared his disappointment at the proceedings. Steve Willis, Lancaster County administrator, responded to Owens in a letter. Following is Willis’ response.

    Dear Dustin,

  • We need some changes made in county

    I would like to thank letter writer John Realmuto, “Writer: Call Lancaster ‘last of Wild West towns’ in the April 13 edition of The Lancaster News, for your observation.
    Please remember when you’re at the voting booth this election that we have a great Republican candidate running for sheriff this year. His name is Scott Case, who graduated high school, is a U.S. Navy veteran and holds two college degrees.

  • Catawba casino is just what state needs

    Lancaster, York and the surrounding counties have an opportunity that is probably the envy of many counties and states in America. What I am talking about is the Catawba Nation’s plan to build a casino on their reservation.
    The potential and benefit, especially to Lancaster and York counties, not to mention the state of South Carolina, is a welcome gift from the Catawbas.

  • Know signs of child abuse and neglect

    April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.
    In 2011, S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) officials report that the agency investigated 17,514 cases of abuse or neglect throughout the state. Of that number, 6,810 cases indicated some form of abuse.                  
    Lancaster County investigated 423 cases of abuse or neglect, and, of that number, 152 cases indicated some form of abuse.

  • Make pledge this week to ‘be a force of nature’

    This past year has been an important reminder to all of us that severe weather can strike anytime and anyplace. This week, April 22-28, commemorates the one-year anniversary of the devastating tornado outbreak in the Central and Southern states.
    In the South, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina were tragically affected. Already this year the country has experienced deadly severe weather from the West to the East Coast.

  • Rosie’s Easter Bash another success

    On behalf of the city of Lancaster, I would like to send a shout-out to everyone who made Lancaster’s second Rosie’s Easter Bash a success.
    These individuals brought their talents and energy, which created an atmosphere of family and fun to an estimated 3,000 folks hunting for 4,000 eggs.
    Thank you to the Lancaster High School Civinettes, Sarina Johnson, Jasmine Brown, Aliya Byrd, Charleen Allen and adviser Stacey Kirkley, who took time out after school during February and March to collect candy and fill eggs, as well as volunteer at the bash.

  • Take care in how you raise your children

    “Our children are our future.” No truer words have been spoken. Imagine a future without our children. Not in the sense that they are not here, but lost to us through our own selfish neglect. I am  not saying every waking moment should be in pursuit of a need or want for your children. But listen to them, love them and raise them to be the loving, caring adults God intended them to be.

    Patricia Thompson
    Lancaster