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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Can property values handle aviation corridor?

    My first thoughts after reading the aviation corridor public hearing notice and glancing at the map overlay was that it won’t impact me because I don’t do much flying. But then reading that it’s a rezoning effort by the county raised at least one eyebrow.

  • Local workers want jobs with projects

    I am a Lancaster native. I have had my own brick masonry business since 1994 and I’ve been a brick mason for 25 years.

    I have never had trouble getting work, but it is different now. I have four other brick masons working for me.

  • Saving old jail is important to county

    There has been much discussion about saving Lancaster’s historic jail. There are those who think it is not worth saving for a number of reasons. Probably the prime reason for some is the repair costs.

    Other reasons include a lack of understanding of the significance of the jail. Therefore, there is no appreciation for its history nor the noted architect who designed it.

  • Writer offers history lessons to Ostram

    I am writing this response to Robert Ostram’s letter, “Don’t bother saving old jail.” Ostram wrote, “The editorial mentioned Robert Mills, the architect who designed the jail. I have never heard of him. Now, if he was Frank Lloyd Wright, that would be different.”

    Please allow me to enlighten Mr. Ostram. Robert Mills (Aug. 12, 1781 – March 3, 1855) is sometimes called the first native born American to become a professional architect. Charles Bulfinch perhaps has a clearer claim to this honor.