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Today's Opinions

  • 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

  • Community rallies to help those in need

    Chris Sardelli, our newest reporter, said he was surprised at how quickly the donations poured into the revived Christmas Basket Fund.

    We weren’t. We told him that Lancaster folks have a way of rallying to help others. The Christmas Basket Fund is just one example. Actually, there wasn’t going to be a fund this year.

    The fund, which started 49 years ago, collects money and provides food vouchers or gift cards for families in need.

  • Time to watch spending

    It’s hard to find a bright spot in the current national recession. But if there is a silver lining, perhaps it will be in a new approach to the way state government spends.

  • White Oak Manor - toughest job in town

    Any enduring and distinguished record of patient success stories does not just happen. Strong leadership and a professional staff who are properly organized, trained and equipped to execute their assigned responsibilities forge it.

  • Although I cherish my early years in Lancaster, another chapter of local history is falling by the wayside.

    A couple of days after the arsonist’s torch reduced our old courthouse to shambles, I walked around the barricaded structure and sorta let my thoughts take over. On this site where my great uncle defended clients in the courtroom and my father oversaw county law enforcement from ground floor offices in the old courthouse, I recalled the Lancaster police, jail and fire departments once shared this same turf and were easily accessible.

  • New law allows background checks on EMS personnel

    Effective Dec. 15, every EMT, intermediate EMT and paramedic certifying or recertifying in South Carolina will have a national background check performed prior to receiving their certification.

    The public puts great trust in EMS personnel and we see them at a vulnerable time. We do our best to make sure that we have personnel with good character responding to calls. This should go a long way toward reassuring the public that all EMS personnel in the state have a clean record.

  • Family grateful for help during difficult time

    Last month was a very difficult time for our family. Our mother, Agnes Stewart, was admitted into the hospital.

    During her time there, we lost our father and hero, Charles Stewart.

    We would now like to thank everyone who helped us get through this rough time in our lives.