Today's Opinions

  • Effort under way to identify smoke-free restaurants

    The Lancaster County Health and Wellness Commission and DHEC has begun a joint project to identify and celebrate restaurants that meet the smoke-free guidelines established by the American Cancer Society and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    While participation in this project is strictly voluntary, we hope that all Lancaster County restaurants will take this opportunity to demonstrate a commitment to making our county healthier.  

  • McGriff would bring her leadership skills to council

    After reading your article announcing Charlene  McGriff’s candidacy for the Lancaster County Council District 2 seat, I decided to write a  letter to The Lancaster Newsr stating what a great job she would do as council woman.

    I am a school board  member of the Orangeburg County Consolidated School  District 3. I met Ms. McGriff eight years ago at a S.C. School Board Association Conference.

    She gave an outstanding presentation on closing the achievement gap in education and implementing effective policies.

  • Happy 40th, Andrew Jackson High School

    A  big birthday cake, complete with orange and white icing along with royal blue trim, is due Andrew Jackson High School this weekend.

    AJ, as the school located in southern Lancaster County is known, is celebrating its 40th birthday.

    The Class AA high school has a proud tradition of producing leaders from its students and alumni ranks as well as being a vital part of the community.

  • Donate blood and become a lifesaver

    The gift of life. Larry Estridge is quite familiar with that gift. In 2007, Estridge was given 100 units of blood after a surgery that went awry. Without that lifesaving gift, Estridge would not be here today.

    The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent plea for blood donations because of a shortage of blood supply in the Southeast. Blood shortages often occur in the summer because donations and the number of organizations that are able to sponsor blood drives decrease, according to the agency.

  • McGriff will represent you with honor, integrity

    There is a special primary election scheduled for Sept. 15. This is a very important and critical election for District 2. I’m asking residents of District 2 to vote for my mother, Charlene McGriff.  I’m very proud to say that she is my role model. Usually you will hear parents talk about how proud they are of their children, but I must say I am overjoyed and honored to see the accomplishments that my mother has made throughout the years.

  • Council has to abide by federal, state laws

    Recently there have been several letters to the editor complaining that County Council has misplaced priorities or has failed to address certain road maintenance issues.

    As county administrator, I readily admit that county operations are run by humans and therefore we are not perfect. Complaints and suggestions for improvement are welcome, but we do ask that they be based on fact and several recent letters were simply not factual.

  • New faces, fresh start for See Lancaster

    Passion, energy, experience. Those are words that come to our mind when we think of the three women who are now leading See Lancaster, the organization that promotes tourism in Lancaster County.

    See Lancaster was reorganized this summer after some deliberations between a special task force and Lancaster City Council. The new See Lancaster still has a mission of promoting tourism in the county, but it also heads up the Performing Arts Series at the University of South Carolina.

  • Unemployed get bills instead of checks

    I am writing because I am outraged over unemployment benefits. There is enough hurt with all the job losses in our town and state.

    Recently, I was looking for my unemployment check – which I am entitled to – in the mail. Instead, I got a bill for what they called “overpayment.”

    The state wants the money back from the emergency benefits program that President Obama approved.