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Today's Opinions

  • Exploring gold mine is worth the effort

    Squatting in a gentle-flowing stream. Sifting the gravel in a pan ever so slightly until the small shiny flecks became visible. That’s how it began. Gold fever.

    Before the California gold rush it began right here in Lancaster County. Just three miles north of the town of Kershaw, Col. Benjamin Haile found just enough of the shiny flecks to seek out their source. The year was 1827. According to local historian Louise Pettus, in 1828, Haile sent a shipment of gold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia – the first domestic gold sent outside South Carolina.

  • Happy birthday, America

    Bang! Boom! Hurray!

    Happy birthday America. Our favorite uncle – Uncle Sam – turns 232 years old today.

    We all know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on this day in 1776 in Philadelphia.

    The document declared the 13 American colonies’ independence from Great Britain. Some seven years later, America, after a long, bloody battle, had won its freedom from the mother country. Battles waged from Bunker Hill to Hanging Rock and plenty of points in between. America showed great determination, our country’s hallmark ever since.

  • Neighbor, officers should be commended for protecting neighborhood

    After reading Eric Grace’s letter “Reader appalled by dog shooting” in the June 22 edition of The Lancaster News, I thought about my dog, Butch.

    Animals and humans are a lot alike. The difference is if we humans don’t like someone, we talk to others about the people we don’t like.

    Dogs, whether small or big, have teeth. If they don’t like you, they attack.

  • Mentoring a great investment

    “OK kid, sit down and let’s see what you’ve got.” James Talbert was a gray-haired older man who always had a pipe in his mouth. The sweet smell of cherry tobacco sent a fragrant aroma well ahead of him that you could smell three blocks away. Seizing my brown cardboard portfolio and tossing it onto the dust-laden table, he shot a dubious glance toward me, then opened the portfolio and began to read my tattered letter requesting a job for the summer. I was a freshman in high school who wanted to pursue a business career. Except for an occasional grunt, Mr.

  • Trading short-term benefits for long-term security is wrong

    Letter writer Wayne Bell asked a great question, “Does Mulvaney appreciate needs of state retirees?” The answer? Absolutely. As this probably comes as a shock to Mr. Bell, I welcome the opportunity to explain.

  • We must fight to keep right to live in a democratic republic

    June 26, 2008, is a day which should be featured prominently in future history books. Finally, after 217 years, the Supreme Court issued a definitive ruling on the meaning of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    In the decision, with Justice Antonin Scalia writing for the majority, the court has affirmed what the people have understood throughout our history: the Second Amendment recognizes that every citizen is vested with the right to keep and bear arms unconnected with service in the militia.

  • Duracell's expansion good news for economy

    You know Duracell. It’s the “copper-top battery.” And for 32 years, the company has been making batteries here in Lancaster. You may work at the plant on the S.C. 9 Bypass or know somebody who does. About 500 people now work at the plant, making it one of the county’s larger employers.

  • Community responds to needs of young artists

    On behalf of young artists throughout the region, I would like to thank the multitude of individuals and organizations who have donated “recycled art” camp supplies. Those who have helped make the camps and neighborhood outreach programs possible for our youth are too numerous to name.

    We have received donations from generous folks in Lancaster, Kershaw, Heath Springs, Buford, Fort Lawn, Chester, Great Falls, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Indian Land, Rock Hill, and elsewhere.