Today's Opinions

  • Why ‘stimulus’ didn’t work

    I was recently contacted by a reporter who wanted me to share my thoughts on the “stimulus” and whether it had been successful.
     I told her that the stimulus didn’t work, especially not the way Washington said it would.
     There’s no joy in saying that the stimulus act – a record-shattering spending spree that was advertised as a sure-fire way to jump start our economy – was a failure.

  • Man grateful for gift of life

    Christmas is a time for giving. But for me, I can’t separate Christmas from Thanksgiving for I feel this is a time for giving gifts and for giving thanks.
    In August of 2009, I received the greatest gift that anyone can get – the gift of life.
    A transplanted kidney, donated by a wonderful friend, has given me a new lease on life, the prospect of more Christmas seasons to come and another huge reason to be thankful.

  • Celebrate New Year, but be safe

    It’s hard to believe 2010 is nearly over. Despite the fact that economists say we’ve now been in a economic recovery for more than a year, 2010 was still a hard year, especially for the nearly 15 percent of us still out of work in Lancaster County.
    But the news here in Lancaster County wasn’t all bad. This year, we’ve seen a number of significant openings. The new Walmart in Indian Land, a prototype superstore, and ALDI, the area’s third grocery store, both opened in August.

  • Santa Train success due to support of community

    On Dec. 4 and 5, the city of Lancaster hosted the annual Santa Train Express. Because of the generous contributions of the L&C Railroad, Lancaster County, Duke Energy, Comporium Communications and Mayor Ann Taylor of Heath Springs, the Santa Express served more than 600 people. Children of all ages enjoyed two days of taking the Lancaster & Chester Railroad train from the South Pole (Lancaster Depot) to the North Pole (Heath Springs) for a Christmas experience.

  • Johnny Roscoe accomplished the impossible

    It is impossible for any coach to take a brand new school, with no football field, and develop a football team that wins a state championship in only three varsity seasons. It simply cannot be done. No coach, that I know of, has ever done anything close to accomplishing this impossible feat.
    Coach Johnny Roscoe proved that it could be done when his 3AA Northern Guilford team defeated Crest High School 21 to 20 in a thriller at Carter Family Stadium to win the state championship.

  • Blue Santa grateful for support

    I would like to thank all the organizations and people, especially Founders, the Lancaster High School student athletes, Bill Fortune photographer and Project Hope, who made project Hope and Operation Blue and Gold Santa possible.
    It was one of the biggest successes in Lancaster. Families were treated to one of the best meals I have ever served. There were no complaints about the food. Everyone received a Christmas gift. For some, this would be the only gift they would get this Christmas. Families also received boxes of food.

  • All-star soccer season one to savor

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission youth soccer program has made a name for itself in all-star postseason play.
    The LCPRC all-stars teams’ recent stellar effort in state tournament play did nothing to tarnish that shining image.
    The county stars fielded teams in three age groups – 10 under, 12-under and 15-under.
    Two of those three teams brought home state crowns after competing in the elite field at the Manchester Meadows Complex in Rock Hill.

  • Sweet tea: Greatest threat to S.C. since Sherman

    A recent visit to a local restaurant in Lancaster found me waiting behind three wide bodies blocking the tea dispensers. Despite tilting the sweet tea canister 45 degrees they found none to be had, so they waited for it to be filled. It didn’t enter their minds to try unsweet tea just as it wouldn’t have entered mine several years ago.