Today's Opinions

  • Is Linda Blackmon-Brace from here?

    I was in total disbelief when I read the front page article, “City backs USCL,” to learn that City Councilmember Linda Blackmon-Brace voted against Council’s resolution supporting USCL and requesting Gov. Sanford rescind his budget recommendation. How can she possibly justify her position?

    She said “because she wants information about Gov. Sanford’s research and his reasoning before signing the resolution.” Ms. Blackmon-Brace, do you ever read The Lancaster News, or just use it to draw attention to yourself?

  • Has Blackmon-Brace done her research?

    City Council showed its support of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster by passing a resolution that asked Gov. Mark Sanford to rescind his proposal to close the university.

    The vote was 6 to 1 with councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace the lone dissenter. Blackmon-Brace claims she wants more information.

  • County should repeal blue laws

    Lancaster County Council has wrangled over the blue laws before, and they’ve decided to take hold of this hot potato issue again.

    Last week, council voted 6-1 in favor of first reading of an ordinance that would repeal the blue laws that restrict sales on Sundays. The repeal would not change laws regulating alcohol sales on Sundays. The repeal would last for four years.

    It would deal only with the blue laws that keep certain businesses, such as department stores, closed until 1:30 p.m. on Sundays and restrict the sale of certain items until after 1:30 p.m.

  • Law should deter drinking and driving

    Stiffer driving under the influence laws took effect in South Carolina on Feb. 10. They were definitely needed, as the state has one of the highest fatality rates due to drunken driving in the nation. Gov. Mark Sanford says the new laws will make highways in the state safer.

    The new law creates a tiered system of penalties based on blood alcohol levels and number of prior offenses. The blood-alcohol limit is 0.08 percent. The new penalties get harsher at 0.10 and again at 0.16 percent.

  • Probation tough lesson for Warriors

    The recent Indian Land basketball incident, which ultimately led to the Warriors’ team being placed on a year’s probation by the S.C High School League, is an unfortunate situation.

    The Warriors are having a solid year on the hardwood under coach Nate Smith and the team was in the running for a postseason bid to the Class A Upstate playoffs. Now, the IL boys can only play out the season in a show of pride.

    The incident – a scuffle between opposing players during the Jan. 6 home game with McBee High School – lasted about two minutes.

  • Morgan, Rowell deserve fair pay

    Tough economic times means sacrifices. And most of us in Lancaster County are probably making them now that the economy is in a recession. Those sacrificing the most are obviously those without jobs, and, unfortunately, there are many in the county who are out of work now – about 4,000 in December, according to the state Employment Security Commission.

  • Concentrate on the simple things

    With each day that passes there are more and more jobs being cut out due to the economic wreck we have created. I say we because in South Carolina we elected for a second term a governor who proposes outcomes that only the rich can survive.

    I think every elected official goes into office wanting to make a difference, however, the ones who become political all-stars are those officials who find resolutions without career moves and financial incentive as the motivator.

  • Support Chastain, new Artisan Center board

    I am writing to support Christina Chastain and her vision to promote the arts in Lancaster. She has worked tirelessly in the development of the Artisan Center, and it is unfortunate that such a beneficial project has been derailed.