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Today's Opinions

  • Rita Johnson was ‘epitome of principle-centered living’

    Early Christmas morning, Lancaster lost a good citizen, Rita Johnson. To her family and friends, Rita was special. Rita was a successful business woman, a devoted mother and wife, a civic leader, a wonderful friend. Rita held many offices in St. Luke United Methodist Church.

  • Holding two S.C. primaries expensive for taxpayers

    Recently there have been articles in the Lancaster newspaper about the consolidation of voting polls for the upcoming Republican and Democratic elections.

    Any time changes are made in the manner that an election is held comes under the scrutiny of the NAACP. The NAACP has been at the forefront of equal voting rights for all citizens.

  • Soup kitchen becomes a reality

    It was an early Christmas present. The Greater New Hope Christian Association soup kitchen.

    It was rainy, dull day when it officially opened on Dec. 15. But the dreary day did little to dampen the spirits of the soup kitchen’s champions – those who had the vision and those who helped make it become a reality.

  • Closing achievement gap important

    Those involved with the Closing the Achievement Gap initiative met three times last year to address a concern that impacts everyone – the academic achievement gap between students in different demographic subgroups, including race and income.

    Closing that gap should concern us all. The Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT), high school exit exams and end-of-course exams show a 20 percent or more gap in scores between the races and between those receiving free or reduced meals and other students.

  • Protect pets from inhumane treatment

    I knocked on the window rather loudly in an effort to arouse a small dog laying motionless in my back yard. His head didn’t rise when I knocked louder which led me to believe there was something wrong. I slipped on my shoes and went outside to take a closer look.

  • Heath Springs senior center sets example

    I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Catawba Area Agency on Aging, Lancaster County, Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor, Heath Springs town leaders and the senior citizens for their commitment to keeping the Heath Springs Senior Center open after the Lancaster Council on Aging ceases management of the center later this month.

  • Heath Springs keeps senior center

    The notification came in a simple press release: The Heath Springs Seniors Center was closing. Seniors using the Heath Springs facility could continue to get the same services at the Kershaw Satellite Senior Center just five miles away.

    We knew what the reaction would be.

    “It upset us really bad (the decision to pull services),” said Heath Springs senior Dessie Reeves. “We’re a close-knit bunch here.”

    That is quite true.

  • Woman’s marker stolen from grave at Kershaw Cemetery

    On Dec. 10, while attending a friend’s burial at Kershaw Cemetery, I visited my late husband’s grave to pay respect. I noticed at this time that my tombstone had been removed. Someone had actually stolen my grave marker that I had placed beside my deceased husband’s grave.