Today's Opinions

  • Historic jail should be preserved

    This letter is in response to the gentleman who has the opinion that the historic Lancaster County jail is not worth saving. He seemed to take great pride in knowing about the great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, but admitted not knowing anything about another great architect, Robert Mills, who was born almost 100 years before Wright.

  • House speaker should rise above partisanship

    South Carolinians have a right to know the answer to this question from the candidates in the 5th Congressional District: “If elected in November, whom will you support as the next speaker of the House?”

    Considering the divisiveness and partisan struggles currently running through Congress, it’s crucial to know where congressional candidates stand on this important issue.

  • Valuable lessons were learned from oil spill

    When Jed Clampett was shooting at some food and some crude came gushing out of the ground instead, he achieved by accident what almost all Americans dream of – instant wealth.

    Often Jed, the patriarch of the 1960s show “The Beverly Hillbillies,” showed the sophisticated city slickers that he was the one with true wisdom – a wisdom that comes from living, not from a fancy college degree or from reading The Wall Street Journal every day or working in a high-rise office building.

  • Ms. Brenda a great asset to library

    I am writing to express my appreciation of Brenda Parker, the children’s librarian at the Lancaster Library.

    My grandchildren started coming to the library for Teddy Bear Time in 2005 when they were 3 and almost 2 years old. They were introduced to music, stories and educational games. They sang and heard stories using puppets.

    They experienced Rhyme Time and were introduced to picking up and putting away using song as a way of encouragement.

  • Incumbency not the problem, rather it's the complacency

    Due to frustrations about the endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the country’s continued bleak economic situation, being an incumbent officeholder has become a dicey proposition.

    No matter what you stand for, if you’re currently a governor or in Congress, you’re in trouble because you’re an insider and thereby part of the problem.

  • Writer questions cost of ankle bracelets

    Everybody has an opinion and I am expressing mine which no doubt will leave me wide open to the regulars who load up the The Lancaster News’ Web page comments. One detractor suggested I return to my “Remember when” days and leave the governing to adults.

    Well, sir, look at the kind of job the adults are doing.

  • Life's lessons learned through childhood play

    The year 1959 is best remembered in Lancaster as the year the University of South Carolina at Lancaster was founded. That same year, however, Wylie Park was created by the Richards-Wylie family as part of the development of Forest Hills in the city of Lancaster.

  • Time to hold representatives accountable

    House Democrats announced they will not submit a budget for 2011. Congressman John Spratt is the lead person with responsibility for the House budget. Budgeting is a fundamental responsibility of governing and without budgeting there is no way to get the national debt under control.

    Without a budget, there is a spending spree in Washington. Americans are demanding fiscal responsibility and this is the answer from the Democratic leaders in Washington?