Today's Opinions

  • City has thrown Officer Parsons to the wolves

    How far have we regressed as a people? Let’s see what we have on the table: We have a known perpetrator, a known thief (even petty theft is stealing), who was in a store (where in the recent past, management had called the police to remove him for loitering.) A police officer asked him to go outside, but he refused. The officer pulled him by his hood (didn’t drag him through hot coals or cause physical injury in any way), then slapped a cigarette out of his mouth (it was illegal for him to be smoking anyway), then touched his lips.

  • IL resident to support Mick Mulvaney

    I agree with portions of recent guest columns about issues with Edenmoor. I was a major opponent against all the uncontrolled growth in Indian Land, even making an unsuccessful run for County Council in 2004. I would much rather see Edenmoor grow back up in to an uninhabited wasteland than turn into a home for 3,000-5,000 more Yankees.

    But to blame the flooding on Mick Mulvaney is taking it a little too far. I used to dig night crawlers for catfish bait on the swampland at Henry Harris Road and U.S. 521 in the early 1970s while Mr. Mulvaney was in diapers.

  • Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness

    Editor’s note: Dr. Kevin J. Nusz with The Eye & Laser Center wrote the following column because of concerns about diabetes and its impact on the vision of so many people in Lancaster County. March 23 was American Diabetes Association Alert Day. The one-day wake-up call was an effort to inform the American public about the seriousness of the disease. The annual Walk to Cure Diabetes will be held April 17 at Carowinds. Several local residents, including Jane Lucas and Emily Stacks, will participate with the Watts Up for Diabetes team.   

  • American capitalism gone without much of a whimper

    Wake up, America. Time for change. That was and is President Barack Obama’s creed. Let’s all thank God that Obama has done one thing good for America.

    He has finally aroused the citizens of America to wake up and see his real political agenda. That agenda is to governmentally take over America and become her dictator, oops, I mean unconditional leader without question.

  • A literate community is a healthy community

    Located on West Dunlap Street just across from the historic Lancaster Courthouse is the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative. Its purpose is pretty much reflective in its name. It’s obvious when you walk into the office. Book shelves line the walls, a room is filled with computers and dedicated employees try to improve the local literacy rate.

  • City needs more officers like Parsons

    The people of Lancaster are speaking loudly. Yet City Council and other elected officials don’t seem to hear. What citizens want are answers, explanations and absolution for what can only be described as the most unwarranted decision this decade.

    The termination of Detective Pat Parsons is unfair in itself, and though it can be rectified by his reinstatement, I fear the damage has already been done.

  • Writer questions judicial system

    Is there something wrong with our judicial system?

    Last October, a person was stopped for speeding on Pageland Highway, charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and unlawful carrying of a pistol. The officer found marijuana, a bag of prescription pill bottles, a bag with $9,280 in cash and a gun.

    Do you think this person is suffering the consequences? No, he was recommended for pre-trial intervention (PTI).

    Again, I ask, is something wrong with our system?

    Milbry Johnson

  • Prepare for spring, politics

    Yes, it’s that time of the season again. No, not the beginning of springtime, although that season is now upon us after an unusually wet and cold winter.

    Most folks are probably glad that spring is here and the days are warmer and longer and the first spring flowers are starting to bloom. It’s not just the beginning of spring, though.

    It’s also the beginning of political season – at least the official beginning of the political season, as candidate filing for the elective offices that are open this year started March 16.