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Today's Opinions

  • Are we headed for nuclear abyss or human survival?

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his quest for Iran to get nuclear weapons remains a news worthy item. What does that mean for America and Israel? It can only come down to one thing – eventual war.
    Since the recent collapse of the Egyptian government, radical Islam on both ends now controls the Suez Canal. Iranian warships are passing through the canal into the Mediterranean Sea next to Israel’s coast.
    Egypt, now under military control, is permanently opened to the Gaza Strip. This is a major security breach with Israel.

  • Adoption organizers grateful for support

    The County of Lancaster Animal Welfare Support (CLAWS) adoption/donation drive at Lancaster Animal Control on Saturday was great. There may not have been as many people turn up as we would have liked, but those who came were very giving.
    There were six adoptions – two cats, two kittens and two dogs. More than $200 in supplies was donated. More than $500 was also donated to CLAWS.

  • Partisanship not a behavioral issue – it is a structural one

    Pew Research Center released a survey last month which was encouragingly called “Beyond Red vs. Blue.”  Encouraging, that is, for the growing number of Americans eager to find a way out of the partisanship that has come to dominate public policy-making at nearly every level of government.

  • Afternoon matinee a hit with children and adults

    Hats off to See Lancaster’s Performing Arts Series for bringing Sunday matinees to Lancaster.
    On June 5, the summer matinees kicked off at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium with an outstanding play, “The Commedia Princess and The Pea,” presented by The Children’s Theatre’s Tarradiddle Players.
    From what I understand, the Tarradiddle Players travel North and South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia, performing well-known plays.

  • Writer grateful for teachers

    I want to thank Buford Child Development Center.
    The teachers, Judy Jackson and Aubrey Adams, have been very helpful in helping Hailey Altman get ready for kindergarten. They have gotten her well rounded academically and socially.
    Hailey loves her teachers. We are proud of her and them.

    Kathy Ferrill
    Lancaster

  • What it takes to be a citizen

    A few weeks ago, the federally run National Assessment of Educational Progress issued its latest “report card” on civics education in the United States. You get a sense of what it found from “The New York Times” headline: “Civics Education Called National Crisis.”
    Most media coverage of the report focused on students’ precarious knowledge of our system of government.

  • Guard makes state better place

    I was recently honored to be selected as interim commander of the S.C. State Guard – succeeding Maj. Gen. Nelson C. Lacy, who is retiring.
    I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain a little about the State Guard and its role in protecting our citizens in cases of emergency.

  • Mathis leaves a legacy of success

    Say or hear the initials “C.B.” and quite likely the next name to come to mind, or be spoken, is Mathis.
    C.B. Mathis became a household name not only in Lancaster, but also across the region and the nation.
    “The name ‘C.B.’ became known, not only throughout our town, but throughout parts of the nation,” said Tim Martin, who along with Mathis co-owned the real estate company C.O.R.E. Realty.
    Mathis, a Lancaster native, died late last month, leaving a legacy of success in real estate as well as the world of pageantry.