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Today's Opinions

  • LIFT program helps struggling teenagers

    Learning Institute for Tomorrow (LIFT) is excited to announce the start of a new program specifically for teens 13 to 17 years old struggling in school because of barriers to learning.

    Beginning this month, classes will be offered to assist teens who are reading below grade level or having problems comprehending what is read, having difficulty staying focused, or feeling angry, frustrated and left behind.

  • Now is not time for building $33 million courthouse

    With our economy spiraling downward every day, I cannot believe that Lancaster County Council is moving forward with construction plans for a monumental multi-million dollar courthouse facility. They remind me of Nero who was said to have fiddled while Rome burned. We, in Lancaster County, are in a financial crisis along with the rest of our nation. Major industries have closed or relocated, leaving thousands trying to survive on unemployment benefits. State, local and school budgets have been cut which will impact the services we receive and education.

  • Avoid cutting hours at library and recreation centers

    As a former member of the Lancaster County Library Board, a retired English teacher and life-long library patron, I feel I must comment on County Administrator Steve Willis’ remarks regarding budget cuts: “It affects quality of life but if we didn’t provide library or recreation services, the world wouldn’t end.” (“Budget is County’s 800-pound Gorilla” Dec. 28th edition Lancaster News)

  • Two conditions should precede loan request

    You may have read recently about the dust-up over state unemployment benefits. I thought it was worth taking a minute to let you know why we’re making noise about this issue and why it’s important you do the same.

    In simplest form, our state is running out of money to pay unemployment benefits. Our office has been drawn into the debate because it’s up to us to request a Band-aid loan of sorts so that these checks can continue being issued.

  • Celebrate, but be safe tonight

    It’s hard to believe that another year has come and gone. Without a doubt, 2008 has been a history-making year – for the nation and Lancaster County.

    The most significant national event is the election of the first black president in the history of the United States – Barack Obama. President-elect Obama will be sworn in as the United States’ 44th president on Jan. 20.

  • I am fed up with people removing Christ from Christmas. I rode by Heath Springs Elementary School and it says on the sign “winter program.” The school referred to the Christmas break as a winter break. If 80-85 percent of the nation claims to be Christians then why is the 15-20 percent running the country? It is because a lot of Christians sit back and do nothing. We are supposed to pick up our cross and follow Jesus, but a lot of Christians leave their crosses at home except on Sunday. Some people say to pray about it. Well, that‘s great, but what about some action?

  • In 2009, let’s resolve to change South Carolina

    We all know that the New Year is a time for new beginnings – an opportunity for fresh starts. Typically, we vow to exercise more, eat less, spend fewer hours at the office, acquire new skills or set some other lofty goal.

    For those of us in positions of state leadership, perhaps the New Year is also a good time to evaluate the way we do things in Columbia.

  • Writer praises Lancaster Motor Co.

    I would like to thank Lancaster Motor Company for helping my grandfather and me with a business form we needed filled out.

    A very friendly service manager took his time to look up vehicles and print the form for no charge.

    They say nothing is free anymore, but this very kind man took his time to help us out. What he did for me helped us tremendously.  I have had dealings with other dealerships in Lancaster and this dealership wins over them all. I would recommend dealing with them first. Thank you.

    Jenny Sawyer

    Daniel Bierer