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Today's Opinions

  • City right to save historic church

    Lancaster City Council has stepped up to the plate with its decision to authorize $200,000 from its hospitality tax funds to help restore Old Lancaster Presbyterian Church on West Gay Street. City Council voted unanimously March 10 to allocate the funds to help restore the historic church – the second-oldest brick structure in the county.

  • Help us celebrate Fair Housing Month

    Lancaster County Council was pleased to recognize that April is Fair Housing Month by the passage of Resolution 680. The federal Fair Housing Act originated from Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. South Carolina enacted the South Carolina Fair Housing Law in 1989. This law makes it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin in the sale, rental or provision of other housing services.

  • Air Force mourns loss of Airey

    A dear friend and confidant, former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Paul Wesley Airey, died March 11 in Panama City, Fla., home of Tyndall Air Force Base.

    “Chief Airey was an airman’s airman and one of the true pioneers for our service,” said Gen. Norton Schwartz, Air Force Chief of Staff. “He was a warrior, an innovator… and a leader with vision well ahead of his time. His legacy lives today in the truly professional enlisted force we have serving our nation… and for that we owe him a debt of gratitude.”

  • Reporter becomes fan

    There was this guy recently in the Lancaster High gymnasium looking like he was having the time of his life.

    It was March 12, when the Harlem MagicMasters basketball team came to town for an exhibition.

    With every fancy dribble or breath-taking dunk, this spectator shouted and cheered. Many of the stunts even brought him out his seat.

    You could easily tell this person was enjoying himself at this game, which was held to raise money for the Lancaster Fatherhood Project.

  • USCL solution to economic downturn

    While I agree with Gov. Mark Sanford’s fiscal conservatism, in theory, his proposal to cut off funding to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster would be like a farmer disconnecting the water supply to his crops – hoping rain will do.

  • Face it: We have a black president

    I am writing in response to Bobbie Faile’s letter, “Republicans not down and out,” in the March 4 edition of The Lancaster News. It’s people like you who let’s us know that  racism still exists.

    No one asked whether you were a Democrat or Republican. I’m so sick and tired of people like you downing Barack Obama. He’s been in the chair two months and you are trashing his name. It’s not the fact that he is the president. Your problem is that he’s black. Face it, we have a black president.

  • 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.