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Today's Opinions

  • Student seeks information on S.C.

    My name is Evelyn Alvarez and I am a student at B. Gale Wilson Elementary School in Fairfield, Calif. I am in the fifth grade and Ms. Andrus is my teacher.

    When I’m not in school, I like to play with my dogs after school. My favorite hobbies are to read and draw.

    People say I am a great artist. I think that’s true. The nicest thing someone said is I’m like Leonardo Da Vinci, but a girl.

  • Shop locally, improve your community

    The benefits of shopping locally can’t be overstated.

    When we spend our money at locally-owned businesses, we’re often reinvesting in our community. The dollars spent at local stores, shops, restaurants, garages and other businesses tend to remain in local circulation, boosting the local economy and keeping many people in jobs.

  • Lancaster News partners with HOPE

    I have only been a part of the community in Lancaster County a few months. Even before I came to interview for the job of executive director of HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively) in Lancaster Inc., I checked out the organization in the archives of The Lancaster News. It was so helpful to see that HOPE was so well supported by the newspaper.

  • TreeTops issue shows failure of our representation

    As a young girl growing up in the South, my parents frequently felt the need to share their “words of wisdom.” The phrase, “there are always two sides to a story” resonates in my mind today.

    The TreeTops debacle comes to mind as there is another story behind the Aug. 31 story in The Lancaster News.

    This story does not deal with developers, schools, roads or money. It is about democracy and how this form of government failed in the TreeTops situation.

  • How will incorporation protect TreeTops?

    I am confused by the story in the Oct. 1 edition entitled “Coming Soon: Town of Van Wyck?” My confusion stems from the following apparently contradictory things.

    The proposed limits of incorporation include only what one would consider the heart of Van Wyck itself. This is understandable.  But the apparent inspiration for this effort is the attempt to develop the old TreeTops property.  The property is nowhere near the area of incorporation.

  • Newspapers committed to community

    Comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s famous line was he “got no respect.”

    Unfortunately, a poll by Pew Research shows respect for the profession of journalism has declined in the last few years. Only 28 percent of respondents said journalists contribute “a lot” to society’s wellbeing. Only lawyers and business executives ranked lower than the media.

    But I would strongly argue that South Carolina’s daily and weekly newspaper journalists are far more respected by their communities.

  • Honeycutt has county’s best interest at heart

    Larry Honeycutt has served on Lancaster County Council, representing District 4 since 2006. He has learned much about county government, its laws and rules and now, finishing his second term, Honeycutt is well-qualified to serve a third term.

    He loves Lancaster County as his hometown since 1960. He puts in many hours of behind-the-scenes efforts to help the airport, the gold mine and the expanding commercial growth in Indian Land.

  • Support your candidate

    We encourage you to show your support for a candidate through letters to the editor and guest columns.

    Tell us why you support your candidate and what makes him or her the best choice for that position.

    Please keep your articles to about 500 words.

    We offer the same option to the candidates. Let us know why you are the best candidate for the position.

    Send your letters and columns to The Lancaster News, P.O. Box 640, Lancaster, SC 29721, bring them by the office at 701 N. White St., or email them to brutledge@thelancasternews.com.