Today's Opinions

  • U.W. effort reflects concern for others

    The United Way of Lancaster County’s 2008-09 campaign fell shy of its $425,000 goal, but the overall effort was a plus.

    The economic downturn and rising unemployment had a major impact on annual UW giving, but pledges totaled $410,184.

    Carolyn Petroski, interim executive director for the United Way of Lancaster County, said she was pleased with the campaign results.

  • Open letter to Inspiration Ministries

    Dear brothers/sisters in Christ:

    It is with sadness of heart that I read the negative publicity concerning the City of Light, located in Indian Land.

    My concern is for the integrity of the Christian witness to the world and the glorification of our Lord Jesus and the edification of the saints in the eyes of man.

  • Pets benefit from kindness of residents

    The Humane Society of Lancaster would like to thank the many people who have helped us this past year. Their generosity has kept us going and made the lives of countless furry friends more bearable. There are too many to list, but you all know who you are.

    We appreciate all who donated their time, energy and money – even in these hard economic times. But our four-legged friends appreciate it even more.

  • Economists: Recession improving just slightly

    In June, two economists have shared their views on the economy, the recession and when we will see some relief.

    Steve Rick, senior economist for the Credit Union Association, and Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wachovia Bank, echoed each other’s sentiments about the economic forecast for South Carolina, our nation and the world.

  • Writer cautions Americans to be alert

    In reviewing the events of recent weeks, I am reminded of the words of the late German Professor Martin Niemoller in speaking of events that occurred in Germany. Professor Niemoller had a famous poem that read:

    When the Nazis came for the Communists

    I remained silent;

    I was not a Communist.

    Then they locked up the social democrats.

    I remained silent;

    I was not a social democrat.

    Then they came for the trade unionists.

    I did not speak out;

    I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews.

  • Deeper in debt, with no hopes of recovery

    Following is a letter to U.S. Sen. John Spratt: The people in our Congressional District have long held you in high esteem. Those of us in the opposing party have admired your intellect, honesty and candor.

    What has happened ? You have risen, through your abilities and perseverance, to very near the top of the ladder in the U.S. House. Yet you have helped your party, in the last six months, pass legislation that ensures that our future generations will be laden with debt beyond belief.

  • Is there a fair solution for PHFD?

    Yes or no, sometimes it just isn’t that simple. But right now the future of the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department is being framed as just that – a yes or no question.

    County Council is considering a recommendation from the county’s fire commission to close the station. Council members may take a vote on the question at its July 27 meeting.

    Morris Russell, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and Lancaster County Fire Service, presented a compelling case for closing the department at Monday night’s County Council meeting.

  • Food banks seeking to eliminate hunger here

    Food is on the move to feed eligible Lancaster County residents. Continuing to Aug. 18, a mobile food bank is going throughout the county with plans to feed 3,600 families from Indian Land to Kershaw and strategic points in between.

    The Springs Close Foundation along with HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively), KARE (Kershaw Area Resource Exchange), Christian Services and the Lancaster County Council on Aging are working together to halt county hunger.