Today's Opinions

  • Education Oversight Committee not needed

    I am writing this letter as a businessman, parent, taxpayer, a fiscal conservative and former chair of the State Board of Education. We have an opportunity in South Carolina to reduce some of the public education bureaucracy in Columbia by sunsetting the Education Oversight Committee (EOC.)

    I ask the General Assembly to support the bill introduced by Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg), which will do exactly this.

  • Santa Train event was a disappointment

    The following letter was sent to the See Lancaster Committee on Dec. 31, 2009. We asked for a response. As of Feb. 22, 2010, we have not had a response.

    Dear Committee Members:

    The Santa Train has become a tradition that has been enjoyed by many children and adults, also. We have taken our grandchildren to ride the train, which is an enjoyable ride, and enjoyed the food, activities and talking with Santa for a number of years. Everything had been an enjoyable experience until this year.

  • Spratt should focus on jobs for constituents

    I read an article in The Lancaster News that absolutely infuriated me. While the people in the 5th Congressional District have an overwhelming unemployment rate, our Congressman John Spratt waltzes off to Afghanistan.

    Now what did John Spratt think he was going to accomplish there?

    How about staying either in Washington or your district in South Carolina and finding companies that might want to relocate to the 5th District and employ your constituents?

  • Soldier's mother grateful for community support

    To Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bob Clemmer and Lancaster Tours, to the drivers for Lancaster Tours who volunteered their time and wages during the Christmas season, to the many individuals in Lancaster, Rock Hill, York and surrounding areas, to 103.7FM radio station and their listeners, to Home Depot, to Jenny Arnold and The Lancaster News, and lastly to any other businesses, groups or individuals who donated money, gifts, time and prayers for the soldiers of the 174th MAC National Guard Unit Wellford, SC and the 1222nd National Guard Unit Fort Mill, S.C., we would like to say thank you.

  • Defense firm will get warm welcome

    Jobs. That’s what Lancaster County needs more of, and that’s   what Lancaster County is going to get.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense-sector companies, announced last week that it would move its operations to Indian Land.

    The company will move its manufacturing, research and development functions and headquarters to the building beginning in March. Defense Venture is committing to invest $24 million in the county and to bring 220 jobs.

  • Subscriber appreciates delivery during storm

    My appreciation goes to the person who delivers my newspaper.

    It was a pleasure to go to the mailbox on Sunday morning on Jan. 31, and have my newspaper waiting despite all of the snow and ice.  

    I did not receive The Observer that nor my mail on Saturday. I have been subscribing to The Lancaster News for 34 years and have never not had my paper delivered despite weather like snow or Hugo.

  • Enrollment in private school continues to drop

    Tough economic times are forcing many families with children enrolled at independent schools to reconsider their neighborhood public schools.

    Newly released figures from the State Department of Education indicate that just more than 46,000 students in South Carolina attended independent, private and religiously affiliated K-12 schools during the 2008-09 school year. The number is down from close to 53,000 just five years before.

  • Handyman Service exemplifies Christian principles

    With so much global need that is seen daily in the media, at times it is easy for global needs to overshadow local needs. Daily at GoldenCare Adult Day Heath Services, we see elderly and disabled individuals on fixed incomes, many of whom are unable to pay for their medication. It is out of the question for them to afford to have a wheelchair ramp constructed. Without this, many Lancaster residents are cut off from needed services in the community.