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Today's Opinions

  • Probation tough lesson for Warriors

    The recent Indian Land basketball incident, which ultimately led to the Warriors’ team being placed on a year’s probation by the S.C High School League, is an unfortunate situation.

    The Warriors are having a solid year on the hardwood under coach Nate Smith and the team was in the running for a postseason bid to the Class A Upstate playoffs. Now, the IL boys can only play out the season in a show of pride.

    The incident – a scuffle between opposing players during the Jan. 6 home game with McBee High School – lasted about two minutes.

  • Morgan, Rowell deserve fair pay

    Tough economic times means sacrifices. And most of us in Lancaster County are probably making them now that the economy is in a recession. Those sacrificing the most are obviously those without jobs, and, unfortunately, there are many in the county who are out of work now – about 4,000 in December, according to the state Employment Security Commission.

  • Concentrate on the simple things

    With each day that passes there are more and more jobs being cut out due to the economic wreck we have created. I say we because in South Carolina we elected for a second term a governor who proposes outcomes that only the rich can survive.

    I think every elected official goes into office wanting to make a difference, however, the ones who become political all-stars are those officials who find resolutions without career moves and financial incentive as the motivator.

  • Support Chastain, new Artisan Center board

    I am writing to support Christina Chastain and her vision to promote the arts in Lancaster. She has worked tirelessly in the development of the Artisan Center, and it is unfortunate that such a beneficial project has been derailed.  

  • Writer urges Sanford to visit USCL

    The University of South Carolina Lancaster had its beginning in an old two-story house on Chesterfield Avenue in Lancaster in 1959. USCL, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, began with an enrollment of 56 students. Six courses were taught by four professors who traveled back and forth from Columbia to Lancaster. We Lancasterians were and are so proud of USCL and the opportunities it affords our young people to achieve at least two years of college while living at home which makes college more affordable.

  • The rights of the unborn child need not be forgotten

    Jan. 22, 2009, was the 36th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to legalize abortion. For  36 years, Americans of all walks of life have taken to the streets of Washington D.C. to have their voices heard.

    They don’t get media attention, but still the word gets out – people are listening – abortion is wrong and more and more women are choosing life. Here in South Carolina the number of abortions declined by 50 percent.

  • Losing USCL would be detrimental to county

    I, too, was appalled when I learned that Gov. Mark Sanford wanted to close the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. USCL offered me a great opportunity of being employed there for 12 years. As a former employee and USCL student, I did not waste my time trying to find out if Lancaster City Council member Linda Blackmon-Brace “had done her homework” or if she “was from here.” I contacted Dean John Catalano to ask what could I do to support USCL.

  • Family grateful for bone marrow drive

    I am writing this letter to thank the people of Lancaster County, the Buford community and especially Hopewell United Methodist Church for sponsoring a bone marrow donor drive in December. We moved from Lancaster more than 25 years ago as newlyweds, and yet our old friends and church family continue to amaze us.

    After learning that our 15-year-old daughter, Laura Margaret, needed a bone marrow match, these wonderful people worked quickly and tirelessly to organize a first-class bone marrow donor drive.