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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Obama cartoon atrocious, wrong

    Editor’s note: This letter refers to a Chip Bok cartoon labeling President Obama’s visit with Cuban leader Raul Castro as “Varsity” and the Brussels terrorists as “J.V. Team.”
    The editorial cartoon you chose to publish March 25 was atrocious and wrong.

  • Letter: Mr. McCoy, can’t you keep a job?

    In Wednesday’s article about Billy McCoy running against Sheriff Barry Faile, Mr. McCoy says the sheriff has been in office too long. I would like to point out that the reason the sheriff has been in office since 2008 is because we keep electing him!
    We the people of Lancaster love Barry Faile, and we loved his father Williford, who was also sheriff for many years. They are good people who stay with their job and do not change jobs every six months or so like you often do, Mr. McCoy.

  • Column: Prom season prompts blitz to keep youth from drinking

    South Carolina during April will mount a coordinated effort to eliminate access to alcohol by young people under age 21, striving to ensure a safe prom season and end to the school year.
    The program will involve law enforcement, alcohol-abuse prevention specialists and other community members throughout the state, joining to increase enforcement of the state’s laws and to launch a public education blitz.

  • Column: For Sardelli, looking back helps him move forward

    Christopher Sardelli reported for The Lancaster News from 2008 until last week, when he left for a communications job in Charlotte. In March he was named the S.C. Press Association’s weekly journalist of the year.  

    I can remember it like it was yesterday.
    I was standing in the living room of the Stroud family home with piles of photographs spread in front of me.

  • Letter: Thanks, Joel Hinson, for coming to the rescue

    Joel Hinson with Lancaster County Animal Control, which is now under the jurisdiction of our sheriff’s department, is a fine example of tax dollars at work.
    His prompt response to a situation that could have been sad proved otherwise. He knows and enjoys what he’s doing. That’s obvious in his smile and the pride he takes in his work. Very knowledgeable!

  • Column: A day to honor our doctors

    Health care is always changing, brought on by scientific breakthroughs, technological advancements, government regulation and reform. But there is one constant: physicians still shoulder the ultimate responsibility for a patient’s care, whether it be in the emergency room, on the operating table or in a clinic.
    From the days of Hippocrates, doctors have held the fate of their fellow human beings in their hands – and certainly in their hearts.

  • Column: Don’t give lobbyists power to collect tax

    An outrageous bill is moving through the S.C. legislature, proposing to give the Municipal Association of South Carolina (MASC) power to collect the business license tax and even to assign the tax rates.
    MASC is a lobbying entity comprised of city officials who pay dues from the city coffers, but it isn’t a government agency and has no accountability to the public. In a nutshell, taxpayers have no choice about funding MASC activities and no control over them.

  • Letter: Hope on horizon for Alzheimer’s patients

    There may be thousands of men and women  living in Lancaster County who are near or over retirement age who are beginning to suffer memory loss.
    The seniors who live in Sun City Carolina Lakes are likely to have a high percentage of men and women with Alzheimer’s disease, simply because so many of us are older. African-American men and women of every senior age are especially vulnerable to the development of Alzheimer’s dementia.