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Today's Opinions

  • Writer praises sheriff’s office

    We agree 100 percent with Carl Miles’ letter to the editor about the good job Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is doing. Sheriff Barry Faile and his department are doing a great job keeping the crime rate down. With unemployment so high in Lancaster, it could be a lot worse if it wasn’t for all the dedicated officers.

  • Vision loss research a window to future

    In an increasingly challenging economic environment that requires enhanced innovation to stimulate economic growth and jobs, federally funded medical research provides a remarkable return on our investment.
    Scientific progress not only creates an industry of well-paying, skilled jobs here in the United States, but fields like vision research are producing breakthroughs that directly benefit millions of Americans and their families.

  • Cancer patients need our support

    O ne in eight. That’s the likelihood of a woman in the United States getting invasive breast cancer in her lifetime, according to BreastCancer.org. That is an alarming statistic. All of us know someone who has breast cancer – be it a family member, friend or acquaintance.
    On Sunday, we introduced you to Jan Hicks – a two-time breast cancer survivor. As a registered nurse and case manager for Springs Memorial Hospital, Hicks is all too familiar with cancer’s impact on those diagnosed with the devastating disease and their loved ones.

  • Williams should have been selected for Shrine Bowl

    I have been involved with high school football for almost 30 years now. I am sick and tired of the Shrine Bowl being billed as the “best of South Carolina vs. North Carolina.” I recently read the list of players named to this year’s team and yes, they may be good players, but the “best”? How can you pick a team with so much football to be played? Some of these teams have six or seven more games to play.

  • Legislators feather own nests despite hard times

    The Sept. 23 edition of USA Today lead with a front-page story about how state legislatures set aside extra-lucrative pensions for themselves. This is nothing new; there have been media reports for years about the practice of legislating one’s own pay and pensions. It’s not just the federal Congress that gets away with this practice.
    The state with one of the worst records of setting themselves up with huge pension benefits is our own conservative South Carolina.

  • Protesters focus on gap between haves, have-nots

    I have been watching the news coverage of the protests against Wall Street. As I listen to the points the protesters are trying to make, I am reminded of the old saying, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” I am also reminded of the saying, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

  • BZA’s ruling baffling

    The recent Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals vote to overturn the county decision on the nonconforming-use status of Thomas Concrete left us scratching our heads.
    What looked like a simple case of a plant losing its grandfathered status, and thus its right to operate, got a lot more complicated at the Oct. 11 BZA hearing.

  • We need to recapture our historical spirit of discovery

    Last week we celebrated one of our nation’s most overlooked holidays – Columbus Day, the annual observance of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. It was Oct. 12, 1492, that the explorer first spotted land after a two-month voyage from Europe.
    Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1970.
    Today, it is primarily observed in schools, used to teach students a history lesson about America’s dawning days.