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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Radical action needed, huh?

    I read with much enjoyment a lot of letters to the editor. It’s always been interesting to see what people think because people in and of themselves are fascinating.

    The March 11 letter by Mark Grier, “Radical action needed to clean up the economy,” begs a response though because he has two questions and makes an absurd statement.

    First, I would like to answer his questions. He begins by pointing out that the Republicans controlled Congress for 12 years and asks why they didn’t do something about the problem.

  • Prayer answer to our problems

    A few weeks ago I was extended what I consider a great privilege to eulogize a young man, 15 years of age who was so needlessly shot at a recreation center. I say a great privilege because his family chose me to do such a task.

  • Why can’t we be just proud Americans?

    Shame on you, Arlene Clyburn Harris. Your March 13 letter, “Face it: We have a black president,” speaking against Mrs. Bobbie Faile as being racist borders on libel.

    I have personally known this dear lady for nearly 30 years. She’s married to my father and both of these precious people have been outstanding business leaders in this community for most of their lives.

    Over the past years, I have personally seen them help many, regardless of race. That was never an issue for them; need does not have a color.

  • Program benefits students, food banks

    A Lancaster County middle school physical education teacher has a win-win idea to boost the health of fellow teachers and aid the local food supply.

    Kim Perry, a former Lancaster High School athlete who now teaches at South Middle School, came up with the notion after seeing the television show “Biggest Loser.”

    Perry’s idea is to get fellow faculty members as well as county teachers involved with a exercise weight loss program to boost personal fitness and health.