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Today's Opinions

  • Angel Tree workers grateful for help from residents

    Christian Services Angel Tree would like to thank all of the people who donated their time, money and toys to our kids this year.

    As usual Lancaster residents always come through and we were able to give gifts to 1,861 children, 261 more than our normal average. It would be impossible to list the more 250 churches, businesses, and individuals who helped. So we thank you all with a warm heart knowing that people still care. We were also blessed with donations from Fort Lawn, Pageland, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Charlotte, Chester, Florida, Monroe and Waxhaw to name a few.

  • Writer commends Piggly Wiggly for help

    I would like to take the opportunity to both recognize and thank Rick Hinson and Piggly Wiggly for their generous donations to the community. Each year Kanawha Insurance Co. has a food drive for Helping Other People Effectively (HOPE) and throughout this drive we have several fundraising efforts to purchase the items most needed by HOPE.

    For the past two years, we have held a hot dog sale within our company as one such fundraiser. Piggly Wiggly has generously donated the hot dogs.

  • Share your views about this historic inauguration

    The “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, will be there, along with a few others. Estimates range anywhere from 1 to 3 million people will witness the historic inauguration of the 44th president of the United States.

    On Jan. 20, Barack Obama will be the first black man sworn into the highest office in our nation. There are numerous festivities, events and presidential parties scheduled.

  • County should reconsider building courthouse

    As I walked from my paper box this beautiful, warm Sunday morning, reading the headline article entitled “Budget is county’s 800-pound gorilla” by Jenny Hartley, I was dumbfounded by the contradiction that was the article itself.

    Perhaps it is my own lack of understanding that leads to question as to why the county would think it was a good idea to go forward with millions of dollars in spending on things it could clearly do without right now.

  • Imagine our county without USCL

    Many of you know me. I have taught philosophy and logic at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster for nearly 27 years. I have served as dean since 2001. My wife works at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School. My three children have gone to the public schools here, and the oldest two started their college careers at USCL. My youngest is a junior at Lancaster High School.

    In all those years I have never written an editorial. I have purposefully avoided politics and public arguments, choosing instead to concentrate on what this area needs most – more education.

  • Tranparency in government matters

    Our governor got a lot of attention a week or so ago when he threatened to refuse to borrow unemployment benefits money from the federal government until the South Carolina Employment Security Commission provided some details on how it operates.

    And while the details of that move could make a good column in itself, I think it is worthwhile to use it as an introduction into the issue of “government transparency,” which promises to be a hot topic when the Legislature returns to Columbia this week.

  • Compromise on tower a winning solution

    Ever since the announcement that a new water tower would be built near the Indian Land schools, there has been controversy surrounding it.

    First, people were concerned about the safety of the 1-million-gallon elevated storage tank because of its proximity to the elementary and middle schools.

    Then, once construction got under way, it was labeled a “landmark wart” by Scott Bruntmyer, who lives in the Lakeview Landing neighborhood, which has, unfortunately, a clear view of the tower.

  • Show Warrior pride on IL water tower

    I agree completely with Bennett Gunter’s article regarding the water tower in Indian Land.

    The water tower is on the Indian Land school’s campus and should have “Indian Land – Home of the Warriors” on it.

    What better way is there for the community to show its support for its school and students? 

    I have two kids in middle school. They are now at the age where school spirit is starting to matter.