Today's Opinions

  • Education was a calling for Dr. Barry

    I sat across from Dr. Peter Barry’s desk, my notebook on my lap, facing my final exam in his history course.

    And I felt as prepared as I could ever be – besides, I could use any notes I’d taken to back up my answers.

    Dr. Barry asked the first question.

    I took a deep breath and opened my notebook to confirm my answer.

    And then I looked up – shocked and agitated.

    “Dr. Barry, I brought the wrong notebook,” I said.

    He raised his eyebrows, adding to my frustration.

  • UW grateful for school supply drive supporters

    We would like to thank the Lancaster County Community for once again supporting United Way of Lancaster County in our “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive. Special thanks to Frank Overcash for allowing the recreation departments in the county serve as drop off sites, to Heath Springs Dental Associates, who also served as a collection site, and to P&G Duracell for setting up a drop-off site for their employees.  

  • Share your views of candidates

    It’s hard to believe that the 2010 general election is just a little over nine weeks away. On Sunday’s editorial page, we encouraged residents to educate themselves about the candidates running for the various seats.

    In the coming weeks, The Lancaster News will be publishing stories about the candidates and the election. We are also planning to cosponsor a candidate forum, along with Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, Duke Energy and LearnTV in October.

  • Ms. Stover motivates children

    Have you ever wondered how to get your child motivated about school or a class? Well, you need to meet Shuntay Stover. She is an eighth-grade teacher at A.R. Rucker Middle School. She motivated my son and his friends to be excited about school. I no longer have to struggle with getting my son out the door for school, even though she taught him last year.

    Knowing how you have touched my son, I know you have made a difference with other students as well.

  • Voters will no longer tolerate the status quo

    U.S. Congressman John Spratt said during a recent visit to Lancaster that he “wanted to go back to Washington to serve on the fiscal commission... which has a goal of bringing the federal budget back into balance by 2015.”

    This man must think the constituents of the 5th District live under a rock and are unaware of his voting record.

  • Enrich your life by immersing in the arts

    Hippocrates (460 – 360 B.C.) said “Life is short, art is long...” The idea behind this article about the status of the arts in Lancaster has been brewing for a while.

    I have been intently making notes of what is available in our community in the way of opportunities to participate in the arts so those of us who work behind the scenes can ensure we all have access to, actively participate in and be engaged in the arts and cultural experiences.

  • Shaw deserves Order of Palmetto

    I’ve known Joe Shaw more than 50 years, and I’ve never met anyone who was as big a booster for the Lancaster community. His receipt of the Order of the Palmetto is very deserving.

    As a 10-year-old at the old Central Elementary School, Joe volunteered his time to serve as my football coach. He devoted untold hours in public service as a member of the Lancaster Jaycees.

  • We need jobs here, not just Indian Land

    Once again, the county has been snookered into believing that a company coming into the county will actually help reduce the unemployment rate in the county. The article was about Red Ventures not hiring Lancaster residents, possibly because of their Southern accent.

    Hiring only 27 people from Lancaster is a joke and a slap in the  face to the county. Granted, the county does have a high rate of individuals who have poor reading skills, as pointed out in past articles. Even so there should be more than 27 people who could be hired by Red Ventures.