Today's Opinions

  • Say no to sale of alcohol on Sunday in Lancaster

    I knew it was just a matter of time after they changed one blue law before that someone would want alcohol sales here on Sunday. I was 100 percent right.

    Someone has started a signature petition to try and get a referendum put on the ballot. If she is successful, I hope the residents of this great county will say no. Lancaster is just fine without alcohol sales on Sunday.

  • Libertarianism will add to our nation's problems

    For about the last 30 years the Republican Party has increasingly brought libertarian philosophy into their platforms and plans for the United States. While many of us may applaud some of the certain aspects of this ideology, in its larger context and application to state and local life it may surprise you as to its very destructive elements.

    These applications of libertarian philosophy can add to the current massive problems for our country:

  • Spratt understands needs of South Carolinians

    I just want to give extra kudos to U.S. Rep. John Spratt for receiving the Distinguished American Award from the Nation’s Capital Chapter of the Air Force Association. He is truly deserving of this honor. Over the years, Congressman Spratt has been a dedicated supporter of South Carolina’s military bases.

    He worked diligently to secure more than $100 million in building projects for Shaw and helped the base remain a viable force in our state. Congressman Spratt has also helped local National Guard units obtain the Army’s top-notch artillery system.

  • Stimulus program working?

    As many of you may recall, about this time last year the S.C. Senate had just closed the book on our debate over the first round of federal stimulus money. Now, with a year’s worth of information, we can start to assess its effectiveness.

    Looking back, I had three concerns:

    u Would the money come with too many strings attached?  

    u How much would it actually benefit job creation?

    u Would the stimulus have any adverse affects?

  • AJ's Tyler deserves elite hall status

    Andrew Jackson High School is on the verge of its 41st birthday and the school has had its share of moments to celebrate in 40 years serving the communities of Kershaw, Heath Springs and Flat Creek.

    AJ has fashioned a reputation as a school, which supports its athletic teams no matter the record or score. The Vols play hard to the final whistle and give it their best shot.

  • Bernsdorff has leadership skill S.C. needs

    Mary Bernsdorff, a life-long educator, is a candidate for the S.C. House District 45 seat.

    I had the opportunity to meet Mary and was impressed with her knowledge and passion for improving economic opportunity for the people of Lancaster and York counties.

    Bernsdorff addressed several issues concerning the need for real, comprehensive tax reform and pointed out that the state loses $4-5 billion in tax revenue annually.

    She said the state is not broke, the system is broken.

    She gave the following as examples:

  • Couple grateful to EMS staff

    So often, one sees only the negative responses to community issues. I would like to take this opportunity to offer positive praise and thanks to our local EMS staff.

    We have had cause on two separate occasions lately to be extremely grateful for the prompt and professional service provided us by the Indian Land EMS staff. Once in May when my husband suffered a heart attack, and again in June when he had an internal hemorrhage.

    On both occasions, the response time was minimal and the care was exceptional.

  • HOPE reopens Monday at old digs

    HOPE in Lancaster is returning to its old home Monday. After outgrowing its space on Pageland Highway, the local charity, which runs a food pantry and assists families with rent and utility payments, moved to a temporary location on Arch Street in Lancaster about 18 months ago.

    But now its old home has been renovated and expanded, and HOPE is moving back into its old digs.

    HOPE’s expansion wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the help of some caring local folks who believe in and support its mission.