Today's Opinions

  • Lancaster County long overdue for courthouse

    In 1771, President George Washington spent two nights in Lancaster in the home of James Ingram.  That home was also Lancaster’s very first courthouse.
    The second courthouse was built in 1828 on Main Street. This courthouse sported a basement, first floor and second floor.
    This courthouse served 180 years. The latter years beyond its suitability to serve and there was no funds with which to build a new, adequate courthouse.

  • Series on firefighters was 'excellent'

    The Lancaster News series on Lancaster County firefighters was excellent.
    I have enjoyed reading about each departmentin our county.
    We’ve learned how they managed their many problems, the way they survived under sometimes terrible conditions and their willingness to set a goal and exceed that goal.

  • What is a fire protection district?

    On Oct. 26, Lancaster County Council adopted Resolution No. 737 to begin the process of establishing a fire protection district for the Indian Land Fire District, coupled with the abolishment of three special tax districts.
    A non-binding, advisory referendum will be held on Jan. 18, 2011, for all registered voters in the Indian Land Fire District.
    What is a fire protection district and what will it mean to me? That’s a big question and not one that can be answered quickly.

  • Fire chiefs conference a source of pride

    I hope that you saw the fire trucks on display at the west end of the campus of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. They were there for the annual conference of the South Carolina fire chiefs. The fire trucks were magnificent in their splendor, all shined and polished, fit for a presidential inaugural parade.

  • Hunter deserves his day of honor

    Wade Hunter is what’s right about Kershaw. The Lancaster County small town has its share of positives, and Hunter is a major plus.
    The 81-year-old drew the spotlight at a recent meeting of the Kershaw Town Council.
    Hunter, a 10-year member of council and the town’s mayor pro tem, was honored by his fellow council members, who declared Dec. 11, 2010,  as Wade Hunter Day.
    It could be any day because few days pass in Kershaw that Hunter isn’t doing something positive for his town.

  • Provide firefighters with gear to perform their duties

    The establishment of an Indian Land fire protection district is essential to the well-being of our residents and firefighters.
    As a retired career firefighter who served for 28 years, I can attest to the need for proper equipment and manpower to perform firefighting duties.
    The profession is risky enough, but without adequate gear and extra hands the firefighters are exposed unnecessarily to considerable additional danger.
    The Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department is underfunded and understaffed.

  • We should take responsibility for actions

    Does anyone have respect for other people’s property? I know most people do, but there are many who don’t. I work at the Food Lion in Lancaster Square and park my truck in about the same place everyday. I work hard to pay for it, the insurance and other expenses.
    On Sept. 15, I was in the store working, when one of the employees who happened to be outside on break, came and told me someone had just backed into my truck. She and a few other people witnessed the incident.

  • Bronze vases stolen from grave sites

    We found numerous grave sites where bronze memorial vases have been stolen during the weekend of Oct. 15-17 at Lancaster Memorial Park.
    If anyone noticed someone taking or acting suspicious at the cemetery during that weekend, please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-3388.
    If you are visiting a loved one, please stay alert and safe, but report anything you see that is unusual.  If someone is leaving a grave site carrying a bronze vase that is very unusual.