Today's Opinions

  • Stradford makes us proud to be Americans

    I was privileged recently to meet an outstanding citizen of our community. I would like to recognize him and thank him publicly for his kindness and generosity.
    While there are many among us who would do us harm and whose troubled lives are constantly in the headlines, this gentleman, through word and deed, demonstrated all that is noble and good about himself and so many others like him in our community.

  • PTSD vets don't shoot each other with paint balls

    I am writing regarding the Oct. 20th article, “Former trooper helps others cope with stress disorder.”
    John Rutledge Jr. was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when someone shot into his brick house when he was not at home.
    I am a Vietnam veteran, who was wounded twice and also diagnosed with PTSD. I know many fellow veterans, who are suffering with PTSD. We all agree that we don’t go out on weekends and shoot each other with paint-ball guns.

  • Veterans deserve gratitude

    Nov. 11 is the day set aside to give much-deserved recognition to those who gave their lives in service for our country.
    Veterans Day was established for that very purpose in 1918. That date coincides with the ending of World War I, also known as the Armistice, which was signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
    Celebrations across the nation include laying of wreaths at memorials throughout Washington, D.C., and festivities and parades in towns across America. Veterans of all wars will also be recognized for their service.

  • 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.