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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Losing USCL would have impact on many

    A few weeks ago, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Dean Dr. John Catalano asked us to imagine our county without USCL.

    It is painful to try to imagine how losing USCL would hurt the people of – not just our county – but of the surrounding area and in fact, our entire state.

    It is hard to imagine the hardships many of our senior citizens would face if they could no longer go to the USCL Gregory Health and Wellness Center for therapy.

  • Artisan’s Center has so much potential

    The city and the downtown area needs the Artisan’s Center as a means to head off into a more positive direction for the community.

    Does anyone remember the store that used to be located where Chastain’s Studio Lofts is now located? No? Neither do I.

    But you cannot miss the lovely store front on Main Street where the Chastain studio is now located, and so one can only imagine how nice the Artisan’s Center will be.

    Does the Artisan’s Center location become an attraction for the downtown area, or just become another large empty store?

  • New faces, new places

    From the big house to the state house. From the county seat to the city seat. From the sheriff’s office to Highway Patrol. New faces in new places.

    At the head of our nation’s helm is the first black president. Locally, we have the first woman from Lancaster County serving in the S.C. House of Representatives. We have a new state senator.

    We have a new sheriff and new person in charge of Highway Patrol.

  • Banners display spirit of community

    Downtown Lancaster will soon be adorned with special banners. These 80 banners, the work of community artists, will hang from the lamp posts around the city.

    Recently a group of McDonald Green Elementary students painted some of the banners which will colorfully unfurl in the downtown wind.

    The project wasn’t limited to the students, who ranged from third- to fifth-graders. Lancaster County School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Moore tried his hand.

  • Business owner appreciates Evans’ column

    I am the current owner of Ace Hardware & Garden Center, previously Lancaster Feed & Farm. I really enjoyed W.B. Evans’ column about my business. Several customers have also commented on the column. I find it so rewarding to own a business with so much history in our community. Evans’ column conveyed that beautifully.

    I have to say that I did not fully understand the depth of the store’s history when I bought the business from my parents in 1999.

  • Consider who uses library, recreation centers before cutting their hours

    I am writing in response to recent comments that the library and recreational services might bear the brunt of budget cuts because they are non-essential services. It was said that the library and recreational services only affect quality of life, but if they weren’t provided, the world wouldn’t end.

    I must disagree. No, the world wouldn’t end. However, many of the voters and residents of Lancaster would be affected.