Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Trailer filled with church equipment stolen

    The dark building was filled to capacity. Loud music was in the air. Young children, teenagers and adults were all in attendance.

    There was excitement, laughter, clapping, singing and one lone black light shown through the darkness. This was the scene that took place on Jan. 3, at Sand Hill Baptist Church in Kershaw.

    The Sand Hill Baptist Puppet Team was presenting their black light spectacular performance. This 10-year ministry began with a small seed that God turned into a garden.

  • Mother Nature floods creek, not Edenmoor

    In response to Sheri Wright’s column in last week’s paper, “Edenmoor to blame for flooding?,” let me start by answering her first question.

    Your guess is incorrect. I do not live in Sun City Carolina Lakes; I live in rural Lancaster County – I like to call it Indian Land. I have lived in Indian Land for 17 years and went to IL schools all of my life.

  • Sunshine vital to democracy

    When the first South Carolina Freedom of Information Act was introduced in the House of Representatives in 1971, the bill stated that “The General Assembly finds that it is vital in a democratic society that public business be performed in an open and public manner….”  The purpose of this openness is to allow citizens to “be advised of the performance of public officials… the decisions…reached and…the formulation of public policy.”

  • Use money for potholes, not raises

    Sara Eddins must be running for re-election because it seems she is buying votes by pushing for a raise for city employees. With the unemployment rate at 20 or 30 percent, everyone needs a job and a raise these days. Many of us need an extra job, too.

    If city employees think they can get a better job elsewhere, then they should go for it. They are not going to leave because there are no jobs out there yet. No one is getting a cost-of-living raise and everyone who has a job has seen the cost of health care go up.

  • Furloughing teachers worst decision yet

    I recently read an article on teacher furloughs. That is the stupidest move yet. I have been laid off and so have other some other folks. We have been forced to go back to school. It seems tougher now than I ever remember. Education is pushed at us everywhere you look. We are told to keep our kids in school. How is this to be possible when teachers are being furloughed? Our children are not getting the education they need now from overcrowded classrooms. There’s no more one-on-one. That’s vital to students, including me. Teachers are not getting a fair deal.