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Opinion

  • The founding of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster in 1959 created new hopes and opportunities for area citizens. In 1951, a void in the community led to the vision of the future.

    USCL has come a long way since then. It has greatly changed the community and it changed many of our lives. It shows by radiating change and hope in the community. Where there is hope, there is a bright future. From one house and humble beginnings, growth continues to this day.

  • We enjoy observing political activity, whether it’s on the national, state or local level. And now there’s something going on in Lancaster County that intrigues us – all the activity by Republican groups in the county.

  • Every day, it seems to me, we are slowly losing the right to make our own decisions. It seems the government is making more and more decisions for us. One right I refuse to be denied is the right to bear arms.

    It’s refreshing to know there are still people who want to protect our rights. I would like to give a huge thank you to our S.C. House Rep. Deborah Long. She has signed on to sponsor House Bill 3994 – Transportation and Storage of Firearms in a Locked Vehicle.

  • John Spratt voted for the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) in November 1993. My question to the people of South Carolina is how can you still vote for a man that sent all of your jobs to Mexico and China? John Spratt is why you are sitting at home today without a job. He knew, as I did in 1992, that NAFTA would be the end of textile jobs in South Carolina.

  • While President Barack Obama and his Wall Street buddies are hustling to divert public money to patch wounds inflicted by corporate greed and government-endorsed Ponzi schemes, toilets are overflowing.

    The government has flushed perfect opportunities to infuse federal money into community-based, job-producing critical infrastructure projects, which could have stabilized employment, but instead paid off whining board members with billions of dollars to cover obscene bonuses and mismanagement.

  • Spring has already arrived in a haze of pollen, so it must be time for the annual Indian Land Elementary and Middle Schools’ Spring Festival.

    We hope the sunshine and warm, balmy temperatures hold through the weekend for the schools’ largest event of the year.

    The festival, sponsored by the schools’ Parent-Teacher Associations, will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine, organizers say.

  • First, let me assure you that I value hearing your opinions. Just like you, I want what is best for South Carolina, its citizens and especially our children – and who better to determine what is best for kids than their parents?

  • Blair Cauthen. Nell Horton. Cricket Harper. Barbara Bradley. Judy Chandler. Ann Hammond. There are so many, many more. Cancer victims. Cancer survivors.

    On Friday, they and many others will be remembered and honored as the 15th annual Lancaster County Relay for Life gets under way at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

    The purpose of the annual event is to spread awareness of cancer prevention, treatments and cure while honoring survivors and raising money for research to find cures for cancer.

  • The Kershaw Children’s Memorial and Prayer Garden opened on April 10.

    This garden is a place to come and remember those children who have died or who are apart from our lives. It is a place of peace. It is our place, your place.

    It came into being through the help and donations of several wonderful and caring companies and individuals.

    Thanks to Haile Gold Mine Inc. for providing the bench, balloons, foundation and many other things.

    Thanks to Knight Lawn Care for providing the river stones for the families to decorate.

  • Demoralized because of egregious actions. Behind every action, there is a reaction. Pat Parsons, former detective with the Lancaster Police Department, misused his authority to the degree that City Council deemed his actions to be irreparable.

    Now some people think Parsons was treated unfairly. It is understandable for his family and friends to support him, but it’s immoral for them to bash City Council members for their decisions.

  • “Playmates,” a painting by local artist Dianne Mahaffey is missing.

    Mahaffey donated the painting and other artwork for an auction at the Lancaster County Council of the Arts gala, “Southern Charm.”

    The Arts Council’s annual fundraiser was on March 6 at the Bradley Arts & Sciences building. The painting has been missing since then.

    If you have any information about the missing painting, please contact Christina Chastain at Lancaster County Council of the Arts, 285-7451.

    Dianne Mahaffey

    Lancaster

  • Can you describe what Lancaster means to you in 50 words? If so, See Lancaster wants you to submit those 50 words in an effort to promote our county.

    See Lancaster, the group that promotes tourism in the county, recently started the effort that asks residents to submit a quote saying why they embody the spirit of Lancaster and why the county is a great place to live.

    See Lancaster wants the quotes, along with the person’s portrait to be placed on posters that will be displayed in storefront windows in downtown Lancaster.

  • U.S. Rep. John Spratt told a reporter during a recent interview about his vote in the health care reform bill that he would have preferred to have taken the overhaul in stages or steps.

    “By taking on the whole bucketful of issues and problems, it only made it (more) complex,” Spratt said.

    Whose call was it? Either he voted on his own freewill or someone pulled his puppet strings. John Spratt holds no personal responsibility for his actions. Lets look at a few more items that may or may not have been Spratt’s call.

  • One hundred years of Scouting in Lancaster County recently got a fitting salute as four men were inducted into the county’s Boy Scout Hall of Fame.

    The four to enter the Boy Scout Hall of Fame were led by Apollo 16 astronaut Charlie Duke.

    Duke, an Eagle Scout, was joined by Jack Caskey, Don Scott and the late Bob Hardin.

    Duke, one of a dozen men to walk on the moon, said his Scouting roots provided a foundation for his aerospace career.

  • I want to take this opportunity to thank each and everyone who has supported me and my family through this very troubling time.

    Your belief in me and your kind words are appreciated more than simple words could ever express.

    I know that this ordeal has also been very hard on many of you as well. Many of you have been attacked on a personal level for publicly showing your support for me. For that I am truly sorry. My own family has had to endure these attacks as well. Yet they still stand strong beside me.

  • Have you ever wondered what you would do if you found yourself or a family member involved with an unexpected pregnancy? There are few families today untouched by such circumstances.

    We serve a variety of clients at the Lancaster Pregnancy Care Center. All races and socio-economic statuses are represented. They may be educated or not. They may be single. Some are married. No matter who they are or what their background may be, we recognize the value of each life – that of the woman and the child she is carrying.

  • I note that our duly elected County Auditor Cheryl Morgan attended the Lancaster County Council meeting and recommended the county retain the elected positions of auditor and treasurer.

    When I first read about the proposal to change those two positions to appointed rather than elected, I began to feel uneasy. I have long assumed that elections give the public an opportunity to decide on the incumbent.

    Appointments take away that opportunity. Some recent Web page comments have not been favorable toward appointed officials, whether justified or not.

  • I wanted to thank police Officer Terry Cureton for going above and beyond recently to help me find my dog after she ran away from a visit to the vet’s office.

  • Bad cop, innocent victim. It’s the kind of story TV stations love to make a splash with.

    I’ve wondered from the start why two local residents didn’t report to their local paper that a Lancaster Police Department officer reportedly used obscene language with them, and threatened them. I’ve written stories about officers who have done wrong before.

  • Now that the Health Care Bill has become law, it is important to note what it will mean for residents in the 5th Congressional District.

    - It will improve coverage for 412,000 residents that already have health insurance.

    - It will extend coverage to 75,000 uninsured residents.

    - It will give tax credits and assistance to 195,000 families.

    - It will allow tax credits to 12,300 small businesses to help them afford health coverage for all their employees.

    - It will develop a program to help early retirees afford coverage.