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Today's Opinions

  • AAA all-stars represent Lancaster with class

    I have been overly impressed with the class, dignity, sportsmanship and athleticism that was displayed by the Lancaster Dixie Baseball 9-10 year old all-star team in the state playoffs in Hartsville.

    These boys are representing our town, families and themselves in a dignified, superb fashion, while not losing a game and are on their way to compete in the World Series in LaGrange, Ga.

    Congratulations to each of you young men for your hard work and fine representation of Lancaster County.

  • Writer praises 'Jungle Book Kids' show

    I am not a performing arts critic by any stretch of the imagination.

    But I felt compelled to comment on the Lancaster County Community Playhouse production of the “Jungle Book Kids.”

    My daughter, Kate, played a small part in the production.

    Those who missed this show missed something very special indeed.

    The talents of our children never cease to amaze and they were on full display in this rousing rendition of the Disney classic.

    The singing, dancing, costuming and just plain fun of this production were wonderful.

  • Writer grateful for help from Lancaster folks

    I spent two years in your wonderful town. When I left, I wrote a letter to the editor to The Lancaster News thanking so many who made my stay a very pleasant one.

    Recently, I was reminded of how wonderful the citizens of Lancaster are. My daughter and I were driving her car to Lancaster for a visit when a tire blew out near Rockingham. AAA helped us get back on the road.

  • Gregory's battles have benefited all of us

    On Nov. 4, voters will send either Mick Mulvaney or Mandy Powers Norell to the S.C. Senate 16 seat next year. That’s because the person who has held that seat for 16 years is giving it up.

    When Greg Gregory was elected to the Senate in 1992 he planned to serve only two terms. But after local legislators Jim Hodges and Billy Boan retired, Gregory decided to stay on to have seniority on the local delegation.

    But that’s not enough anymore to keep Gregory in the Senate.

  • Writer laments 'days of yore'

    Since the gas prices have gone so high, I see people on my street, Chesterfield Avenue, walking on the sidewalks more. There are more mothers pushing buggies, children riding bikes and playing along the street.

    It made me think of the days of yore. Years ago, when I was a kid, we played on the street in our neighborhood until the street lights came on and our mothers called us to come home.

    It seemed more like a neighborhood back then. We knew about everyone on our street.

  • A.R. Rucker earns Red Carpet honor

    A.R. Rucker Middle School had quite a school term for 2007-08. The school, located in east Lancaster, had what might be hailed as a “blue-ribbon year.”

    The school captured its second Red Carpet award, honoring Rucker for its family-friendly environment.

    The school also won the traveling trophy as the top school fundraiser for the 2008 Relay for Life campaign, which aids in the ongoing fight against cancer.

    Rucker’s Red Carpet Award marked the second time since 2004 it has garnered recognition from the state Department of Education.

  • Humane Society needs volunteers who have heart full of compassion

    I recently visited the animal shelter. It was not a trip I was looking forward to, yet one I had to make. I went because as a member of the Humane Society it is now my job to list all pets in the shelter. We list them so we can give these little ones a small chance at life.

    The animal control officer on duty asked me to take a seat and said he would get me the list. He told me there would be more animals in the pens than were on the list. He was getting ready “to put them down,” the terminology used for killing them. It was a job he said he didn’t like.

  • Organ donors give others second chance to live again

    We always hear so many negative happenings and negative outcomes. So, it was a joy for me to be in Pittsburgh for the U.S. Transplant Games from July 11-16, where hope and positive energy abounded.

    Along with 29 members of Team South Carolina, there were 19 donor families, five living donors and many support family members, totaling 121.

    Lancaster was represented by two athletes, Ed Heins and Amy Saylors. We again realized what a small world this is when we saw Brenda Pogue and her granddaughter, Sierra Young, from Lancaster, a donor family.