Today's Opinions

  • Blackmon-Brace ‘ally, mentor, friend’

    I recently had cause to meet a member of our esteemed law enforcement team from Columbia, S.C. Law Enforcement Division special agent Angel Hollis. I found her to be tactful, professional and efficient.

    Even though I was a little nervous at first, considering that I was being interrogated by a SLED agent, she quickly put me at east. For that, I thank her.

  • Letters to the editor


  • All of the homeless need help

    It was wonderful to see the way the local community rallied around Rosemary Fann, 61, who was left homeless in June after her mobile home was repossessed.

    Her pastor, Jon Morgan, and his family took Fann in before she had a chance to get used to living in the tent she pitched in her yard.

    Morgan’s wife, Kristine, spearheaded fundraising efforts for Fann that led to donations of more than $35,000 – enough to buy her a new Spirit model one-bedroom mobile home, a used car and pay medical expenses.

  • Show spirit of holiday by helping others

    It’s debatable whether this recession, the one some folks are calling the Great Recession, is over or not. Some economists say it is; others won’t go that far yet.

    But a lot of people are still hurting. They’re unemployed or under-employed and have been looking for months for a new job and haven’t had any luck.

    Lancaster County, unfortunately, continues to have one of the highest unemployment rates in South Carolina. Last month, it was over 18 percent, meaning officially almost 1 in 5 Lancaster Countians were unemployed in October.

  • Reader comments back on

    Back in August we asked those who made reader comments on our Web site stories to use decorum, be civil and respectful.

    Recently, several folks crossed the line of civility and we turned off the option for posting comments on the entire site.

    We contacted the offenders and we also blocked their ability to post comments. We didn’t like turning off the comment option.

  • Couple encouraging others to help replenish HOPE freezer

    I read in The Lancaster News about HOPE losing its freezer with the turkeys and rice.

    My wife and I were in Walmart and I saw a bin filled with turkeys.

    After returning home, I suggested to my wife to buy some turkey breasts and rice to help replenish part of HOPE’s loss.

    I hope this letter will touch your hearts and encourage others to help to fill that freezer so any needy family will enjoy a good meal for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

    May God bless you.

    Pierce and Margaret Baker



  • Scouting Hall of Fame inductees deserving

    The Lancaster County Boy Scouts Hall of Fame is off to a solid start.

    The Scouts hall recently inducted its inaugural class, a trio who deserve their special place.

    The group includes retired physician Dr. William Duke, the late Dick Weisner and Lois Lucas.

    The Lancaster Scout Hall was started in a show of thanks to leaders, who have come from the scouting ranks. The hall also is a way to thank the volunteers who have made a positive impact on Scouts and guided them to be leaders.

  • AJ visual arts students support our Chamber Choir

    The visual arts students at Andrew Jackson Middle School learned about the Lancaster Chamber Choir from their chorus teacher, Heather Turner. They participated in a support project for the choir.   

    The goal was to design uniquely special thank-you stationery for the choir’s membership drive. Twenty-eight students of Heather Althoff’s class participated in the contest.