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Today's Opinions

  • Warrior logo should not be put on tower

    Some people in Indian Land are circulating a petition that asks the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District to put Warriors, the Indian Land schools’ mascot on a new water tower between Indian Land Middle and Elementary schools. While we appreciate that some Indian Land residents are taking pride in their local schools and want to promote them, we don’t think this is a good idea.

  • Parent confused about spanking rights for children

    I am a mother of two elementary school students. I was just informed that spanking is allowed in school and parents don’t have to be notified. I find that odd. Department of Social Services will tell you that you cannot spank your children with an object and you can never leave a mark or it is considered child abuse.

    A paddle at school will assuredly leave a mark, and it is an object. I do not understand what gives the school the right to strike my child, yet I don’t have that right for myself.

  • Junior Ranger program promotes nature

    A way to get outside and take in some of nature’s beauty is one reason behind the Junior Ranger program featured at Andrew Jackson State Park.

    AJ State Park is located north of Lancaster off U.S. 521.

    “Children are not getting in nature like in generations past,” said Laura Ledford, the AJ State Park interpretive ranger. “Parents and communities need to find ways to get kids outside.”

    AJ State Park is one of 16 statewide sites chosen to host the program that seeks to involve children exploring nature.

  • Government sold our country out years ago

    I am curious where column writer Rob Emory, “Let’s hope America hasn’t been fooled” in the Nov. 7 edition of TheLancaster News, has been for the past 40 years.

    Fooled? “Forbes” magazine labeled Lancaster as the most vulnerable town in the nation. And you are wondering if we have been fooled by electing a black president.

    Our good old boy white presidents and their cabinets took care of ruining America a long time ago. We were sold out for money and oil to make the rich richer and the poor poorer. Is that socialism or communism?

  • A Friday night at Chick-fil-A turned out to be not such a fun night for my kids and me.

    Our baby daughter has severe asthma. Just minutes after sitting down to eat with four of our children, our baby went into an asthma attack. That escalated into a mini seizure.

    I took the baby to the restroom and was unsuccessful in her recovery. I then began to gather the other children as quickly and quietly as I could to get the baby to the car for a breathing treatment.

  • S.C.’s No. 1 industry is homegrown – forestry

    With financial markets reeling and much effort being made to attract new out-of-state and foreign investment, we should not overlook an industry that has been operating in South Carolina since the first settlers arrived and has been considered to be the state’s first industry.

    This business has continually expanded and still has huge growth potential, both literally and figuratively. That industry is our homegrown economic engine of forestry.

  • CCA Cougars volleyball team top cats this season

    The 2008 men’s volleyball season at Carolina Christian Academy is one which won’t soon be forgotten.

    State championship seasons have their special places in our memory banks and trophy cases.

    The fans who back the Cougars’ volleyball team will have plenty to savor in this banner season for the Lancaster private school.

    CCA won its first-ever men’s volleyball state championship, taking a 3-1 win over Union Christian Day School of Union last month.

  • Sumner a man of his word; committed to citizens

    I would like to start by saying how proud I am of Bill Sumner. He ran an honest campaign with no deceit or underhandedness.

    I am biased because he is my dad. I can only hope for the citizens of City Council District 4 that your new council person will be willing to give up family obligations for the city of Lancaster. My dad always responded to the calls of District 4 citizens because when he became a city councilman he made a commitment to you. He is a man of his word, no matter what was going on.