Today's Opinions

  • Actions louder than words

    Unless the Israelis stop them first, most experts agree that Iran’s nuclear development program will soon be successful and it will become the world’s next nuclear power.

    Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has done little to stop Iran’s effort. No tough sanctions, no embargoes, no blockades – only hollow talk and pointless diplomatic negotiations that have been ignored.

  • Newspaper worth every penny

    For 158 years, this newspaper has been bringing you the important news of the community. When this paper was founded, downtown Lancaster had nine dry good stores, two shoe shops, three grocery stores, one harness maker, two tailor shops and several blacksmiths.

  • We need to protect people who protect us

    I would like to respond to the Jan. 13 article about arming animal control officers. As a citizen of Lancaster for the past 10 years, I have noticed the increasing number of vicious dogs (pit pulls) in the community.

    I, along with others, have seen the results of countless attacks by these animals on innocent victims.

    When these officers are called to perform their jobs in hostile situations with these vicious animals, I think it is the duty of the community and our law makers to ensure that these individuals return home to their families unhurt and unharmed.

  • Edenmoor residents are paying Mulvaney’s bond

    The recent article about Edenmoor said that the residents of Edenmoor are unable to get any answers. Edenmoor residents, if you are looking for answers you’ve probably figured out by now that you are not going to get them from the newspaper.

    I can give you a few answers. I was your County Council representative when the county approved $30 million in bonds for this development and I can tell you what happened.

    In 2003 and 2004, Mick Mulvaney came to Lancaster County Council and asked for us to approve a $30 million bond to improve his land for a development.

  • Dithering on drinking puts young people at risk

    The start of a new year often brings with it a resolve to try something new, fix something old, or tackle a problem too long left unsolved. Imagine what the start of a new decade could offer.

    A specific problem that has long suffered from vast national equivocation has been one that involves the health and safety of young people: underage drinking.

  • Woman seeks grandparents’ rights in South Carolina

    I am a grandmother and a Lancaster County resident. I have no say over my grandchildren because there are no grandparents’ rights in South Carolina. I do not think that is right and I feel like other grandparents feel the same way I do.

    I think this law needs to be changed and I challenge all grandparents to take a stand by writing Congress and state legislators about changing the law.

    Man gives us no rights in South Carolina, but God does by loving and treating our grandchildren fairly.

    Christine Taylor



  • Demolition day on a snowy hill

    In the gentle early hours of my bedroom, barely lit by daybreak through a crystalline cloak of frozen gray, the melody of my mother’s voice issued a reprieve from the rush to school that day.

    “Look outside. There’s no school today,” Mama reported softly yet with a particular glee sympathetic with the excitement she shared with her slumbering children.

  • Sometimes a hug is all you can do

    It was a week when sports editor Robert Howey was on vacation and I was attempting to cover for him. From across the counter, she gave me all the pertinent information about the upcoming scholarship fund- raiser golf tournament.

    I was writing down the who, what, when, why and where when she stopped mid-sentence. I glanced up from my notepad. Her eyes were filled with tears. Then I recognized the name. The scholarship was in honor of her son, who died in a bicycle accident in downtown Charleston. He had just graduated from Clemson and was working in the port city.