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Today's Opinions

  • Patient need should be focus of new cancer center

    In a perfect world there would be no need for a cancer radiation treatment center. But this is not a perfect world. And there are many Lancaster County residents who need radiation treatment. To get that treatment, they have to travel to Rock Hill, Charlotte or Columbia.

    If you or someone you love has gone through radiation treatment, you know it drains your energy. Driving out of town to get this treatment adds to an already stressful situation. Some people have chosen not to take the treatment because of the drive.

  • Together we can bring new jobs, opportunities

    I'll never forget the long, hot summers I spent working in Grace Bleachery to help pay my way through college.

    I'll never forget the smell of the dye that was pumped into the big blue barrels, the 120-degree temperatures between the new Zimmer machine and the cinder block wall, the sounds of clacking and whirring as the cloth was printed and processed, and the bright yellow earplugs we wore around our necks that showed that we were all a part of the same team.

  • Council needs to trust, share information

    In the past we praised Fort Lawn Town Council for doing an excellent job presenting public information to to the public.

    If you attend a meeting, waiting for you is an agenda, a financial report and minutes of the meeting immediately prior to the one you are attending.

    It's something all governmental bodies should take as an example.

    Freedom of Information is as much a habit and a state of mind as anything else. Doing it right can be learned, but it can take time.

    Last week, we saw a great example of this, again at a Fort Lawn Town Council meeting.

  • Senate race about best candidate

    I am a Republican living in Indian Land and former County Council member representing District 1. I support Many Powers Norrell for S.C. Senate.

  • Maybe we need human control

    A few thoughts on the subject of animals being mistreated by humans. I've yet to see a dog or a cat throw their owner into the back of a truck and drop the owner off beside the roadway to be run over by a vehicle or left to starve like we humans do to our once beloved pets.

    So do we have an animal problem? Or is it actually a human problem? Perhaps we need human control just like we have animal control.

    How would we feel if our pets we abandoned survived, returned home and decided to give us owners the very same treatment we gave them?

  • Vouchers take money away from public schools

    This is in response to Al Simpson's article "Mulvaney supports public education" in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Simpson, most of the public can see through your attempt to mask the issues. I was raised by a public school teacher who taught in the system for her entire life, and I served as a public school teacher for more than five years before becoming a lawyer.

  • Drivers should not ignore traffic lights

    In the April 4 issue of The Lancaster News, the story about an 18-wheeler hit a car at the intersection of S.C. Bypass and Meeting Street/Camp Creek Road brought back scary, scary moments for me.

    Two weeks ago my 5-year-old granddaughter and I were only seconds from being hit by a loaded pulpwood truck.

    I was stopped at the stoplight coming from Camp Creek. While I was waiting for the light to turn green for my way, two loaded pulpwood trucks went by really fast.

  • Make changes to avoid another school scare

    Our schools need to invest in protecting our students. It's as if Columbine, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois were not a clear indication.

    Lancaster County School District and Superintendent Gene Moore need to take action to prevent another scare like what happened at Lancaster High on April 4.