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Today's Opinions

  • City Council ignorant on knowledge of economics

    “This is not the time to save – it’s the time to spend. We’ve got to spend to help our economy.” This was a quote from city councilwoman Sara Eddins. These words were spoken in context to the 2 percent raise and the $20,752 to cover the 12.7 percent increase in health insurance coverage for city employees.

  • Former tire workers seeking their benefits

    We are here to mark four years since Continental Tire ceased manufacturing operations and sent hundreds of area jobs to Brazil and Mexico.

    We believe that in July of 2006 when Continental Tire suspended production in Charlotte that there were determining factors that entitled Continental’s Charlotte employees certain benefits coinciding with the production suspension.

    We believe those benefits should have been provided just like benefits were provided to Continentals employees at their Mayfield Kentucky plant in 2005 under similar circumstances.

  • Expansion of Red Ventures a positive sign

    No, everything isn’t coming up roses as far as the United States’ and local economy is concerned. The economy is still just puttering along, and signs still point to a slow recovery from the Great Recession.

    The U.S. jobless rate hovers close to 10 percent, and here in Lancaster County, it’s about 15 percent. Unfortunately, we ranked among the top 10 counties for unemployment in South Carolina.

    When you consider facts such as these, it’s easy to get discouraged.

  • A historic race for governor

    History was made when South Carolinians chose their two major candidates for governor this month. Nikki Haley is the first woman from the Palmetto State to win a major political party’s nomination for governor.

    She clinched the Republican gubernatorial nomination in convincing fashion. She nearly locked up the nomination in the GOP primary on June 8, falling just shy of the 50 percent plus one vote needed to capture the nomination. She then easily defeated U.S. Rep. Gresham Barrett of Westminster in the June 22 runoff.

  • The future of USCL depends on visionaries

    A recent donation by First Citizens bank is another example of local businesses and individuals’ commitment to our university.

    First Citizens pledged $100,000 toward building a new classroom building on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus.

    The campaign to raise the $6.8 million needed to build the classroom building began last year. It may seem like an ambitious campaign given the state of our economy, but almost $3 million has been raised already.

  • Disclose full impact of health-care overhaul

    I am writing in reference to an article about the initial steps of  the health-care overhaul now under way. The article only tells part of the whole story of health care and what is kicking in the United States.

    It is certainly virtuous that the new health-care bill does provide coverage for about 1 million uninsured Americans by next year.

  • Paper did poor job of covering TEA Party

    I believe that subscribers to The Lancaster News look in each issue for the coverage on the major events that happen around the county. I, for one, was disappointed that there was no coverage of the TEA Party of July 3 until July 9, or until the third paper after the event.

    After the wait, the coverage consisted of two faded black and white photos that failed to provide any coverage of the meeting. The people of Lancaster County need to be informed that the TEA Party is not a political event.

  • Wreck victim seeking information

    I want to thank everyone who stopped to help me when I was hit in the rear turning in my driveway on Grace Avenue on July 7.

    The driver didn’t stop. She just kept going. It was a black car and has front-end damage from the wreck. Two men got the tag number and gave the number to the Fort Lawn Police Department. We still need that tag number. I was so addled I didn’t get the names of the men who got the tag number. If you have information about the tag number or have seen a car fitting this description, please call and share that information.