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Today's Opinions

  • We have so much to be thankful for

    After leaving the recent Firefall Concert at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, I thought about how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful concert series right here in Lancaster. Every event I’ve attended has been truly entertaining and so enjoyable. Thanks to all who make the Performing Arts Series possible.

    Driving on the bypass, I smiled at the beautiful Christmas light displays on either side of the road. Kudos to whoever is responsible for getting this done, as it certainly is a spirit-lifter in these dismal economic times.

  • Lancaster doesn’t deserve ‘thug’ title

    Scrooge came to town early this year. He made it here even before Thanksgiving. He appeared at the Nov. 17 County Council meeting.

    He appeared in the face of outgoing County Councilman Wayne Kersey, who made some of the most nasty comments we’ve ever heard about Lancaster County from an elected official.

    During discussion on a proposal to repeal the state’s blue laws in the county until Jan. 4, a measure that would have allowed retailers to open early during the Christmas-selling season, Kersey seemed particularly grumpy.

  • Kudos to HOPE for saving basket fund

    We had lost hope that there would be a Christmas Basket drive this year. But then a Lancaster County organization that has offered people hope for 25 years restored that hope.

    That organization is HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively. The outreach agency has agreed to take on the Christmas Basket drive this year.

  • A thank-you to all our veterans – past and present

    For over 232 years, men and women have been defending this country. We enjoy the freedoms and rights that our forefathers fought for.

    Today, our veterans are still fighting for those beliefs.

    It is hard for a mother to send a son to war; it is hard for a wife to let her husband go to battle.

    The anxiety of not knowing and waiting is hard for all in the family. Being separated, not being able to talk or touch a loved one is a very longing way of life.

    Our veterans and their family know all about these feeling and more.

  • Give thanks for this very special Thursday

    George Washington was known as the “Father of our Country,” and fittingly so, he proclaimed our nation’s first Thanksgiving in 1789.

    Now, the fourth Thursday in November is celebrated as Thanksgiving. Washington’s wisdom as a “nation’s father” is ironic because this late fall holiday is all about family. As we know he was wise beyond his years, which is a major reason he became our first commander-in-chief.

  • Consider all options for education in S.C.

    For years there has been abundant discussion about public education in South Carolina. Some people want to continue the status quo, and some agitate for change. Funding has increased over the past 40 years, and now amounts to an average $11,480 per student. Yet we are still last in the nation in SAT scores, achievement scores and graduation rates.

  • Writer remembers fibs made during campaignin

    I still remember all those things we said about a candidate we didn’t like. I still remember those fibs we used in our letters to the editor.

    I haven’t forgotten how we criticized one human being out of the entire population of Lancaster County for  mowing grass on Sunday. I suppose the devil made us do it when we tried to make some other Christian look as devilish as we were when we wrote, unholy and ungodly things about some person we hardly knew.

  • Writer challenges others to show Christmas spirit

    This has been a challenging year for the city of Lancaster. We were faced with the courthouse tragedy and named the most vulnerable county in the nation by Forbes magazine.

    Now the Christmas season is here, let’s show our Christmas spirit! The city has done an awesome job of placing the Christmas spirit all around town and after Thanksgiving we will see the marvelous sight of all the trees, lights and welcome signs the city has worked so very hard on.