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Today's Opinions

  • AJ's Tyler deserves elite hall status

    Andrew Jackson High School is on the verge of its 41st birthday and the school has had its share of moments to celebrate in 40 years serving the communities of Kershaw, Heath Springs and Flat Creek.

    AJ has fashioned a reputation as a school, which supports its athletic teams no matter the record or score. The Vols play hard to the final whistle and give it their best shot.

  • Bernsdorff has leadership skill S.C. needs

    Mary Bernsdorff, a life-long educator, is a candidate for the S.C. House District 45 seat.

    I had the opportunity to meet Mary and was impressed with her knowledge and passion for improving economic opportunity for the people of Lancaster and York counties.

    Bernsdorff addressed several issues concerning the need for real, comprehensive tax reform and pointed out that the state loses $4-5 billion in tax revenue annually.

    She said the state is not broke, the system is broken.

    She gave the following as examples:

  • Couple grateful to EMS staff

    So often, one sees only the negative responses to community issues. I would like to take this opportunity to offer positive praise and thanks to our local EMS staff.

    We have had cause on two separate occasions lately to be extremely grateful for the prompt and professional service provided us by the Indian Land EMS staff. Once in May when my husband suffered a heart attack, and again in June when he had an internal hemorrhage.

    On both occasions, the response time was minimal and the care was exceptional.

  • HOPE reopens Monday at old digs

    HOPE in Lancaster is returning to its old home Monday. After outgrowing its space on Pageland Highway, the local charity, which runs a food pantry and assists families with rent and utility payments, moved to a temporary location on Arch Street in Lancaster about 18 months ago.

    But now its old home has been renovated and expanded, and HOPE is moving back into its old digs.

    HOPE’s expansion wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the help of some caring local folks who believe in and support its mission.

  • It's time for God's people to stand up for our country

    As I continue to read about all the controversy over the Muslim’s building the mosque near Ground Zero in New York, I personally take this as a slap in the face. I can only imagine how the families of those who lost their lives must feel. You should study their religion. Their Bible (the Quran) plainly teaches that all who do not convert to Islam are infidels and should be killed.

    In addition to killing infidels like Christians and Jews, Muslims are also commanded to kill anyone who leaves Islam (Hadith vol. 4, no. 260).

  • Voters must educate themselves about the candidates

    What about that mayor’s race? Four candidates who want to be the mayor of the city of Lancaster. When filing started, who would’ve predicted we’d have so many candidates vying for mayor? The interest in this seat certainly surprised us. How about you?

  • Dr. Duke paved way for medical specialists in Lancaster

    When I was very young, I had the opportunity and the privilege to work with Dr. William Duke when he first started practicing in Lancaster. We started the first EKG Department in Marion Sims Hospital. When the new hospital was completed in 1971, we moved the department there.

  • Writer never got name of Good Samaritan

    On the morning of July 31, I went to Camden to meet my younger sister, Joyce Jackson. On my way home I took Fork Hill Road. The tire on the driver side blew out just as I was going around a curve.

    When I finally got control I stopped the car. I was then able to make one call and that was to my husband, J.C. Taylor.

    A car went around me but it came to a stop at the foot of the hill in front of Macedonia Baptist Church. The driver backed up the hill. A young, small Hispanic man got out of the car.