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Opinion

  • Mount Calvary Outreach Center Inc. completed its 21st year of the Summer Enrichment Program. The 2010 summer program hosted an average of 90 children, ages 4-16, for four weeks of learning, fellowship and fun.  

    The youth were organized by age into four groups and were led by members of the community in activities that included Bible study, music, educational activities, computer time, swimming and nutrition classes.  

    Monday through Thursday the youth and leaders met at Mount Calvary Outreach Church for group time, fellowship, exercise and announcements.

  • There are many issues confronting the contemporary African-American community. Many youth in this community face drugs, homelessness, poverty and violence on a daily basis.

  • You can’t say there’s nothing to do around here this weekend. From kayaking to chili tasting; from barbecue to motorcycle ministry; from a reunion with a noted lifeguard instructor to visiting an alpaca farm " you’ve got it all right here and even more.

    Some of the events include:

    u The Total Arts Fusion will from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the War Memorial Building, 401 Dearborn St., Great Falls. Music will be provided by Gigi Dover and The Big Love, Kevin Marshall and Jason Switzer.

  • First, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News for their support of the alcohol sales in restaurants on Sundays in Lancaster County.

    Secondly, a big thank you to the residents of Lancaster County who have come out in the early stages to support this initiative. So many people have stepped up to the plate to assist with posting petitions, posting signs, getting signatures and assisting with the logging in of the petitions, but we still need your help.

  • Clemson University’s 35-10 season opening win over North Texas most likely won’t go down as the Tigers’ biggest win of the 2010 football season, but what happened that day in Death Valley won’t soon be forgotten.

    Shawn Crawford, a Van Wyck native and former Indian Land High School star athlete, joined elite Clemson sports company that afternoon as one of eight inductees into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame.

  • In a recent question and answer session with The Herald, Mick Mulvaney revealed a great deal about his agenda and true concerns. When asked “what policies would you propose or support to create jobs in South Carolina?” Mulvaney answered:

    “The first move must be repealing Obamacare.” First, I don’t like the way Mulvaney terms it “Obamacare.”   

  • In 2009, Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve System, was chosen by Time Magazine as Man of the Year. I enjoyed reading the article about Bernanke.

    It contains interesting information about Bernanke including his childhood in Bennettsville and about monetary policy and the role of the Fed.

  • I am writing in response to an article concerning a rebuttal to the mudslinging among the candidates. Debates as well as signs are all mudslinging to me.

    Whether we talk or write about someone in the negative it is wrong. Candidates will do what they do best which is either tell the truth or lie.

    The ones affected by this are we, the people. We grasp on to every word people say or do.  God made each one of us different and this is why we don’t always agree. Your belief is your belief.

  • It is not about the Republicans or the Democrats, nor about the left vs. the right. It is about right vs. wrong. But who is right? If you or I select what is right then it is subjective and neither of us is actually right.

    If our definition of right comes from our creator, which is found in the scriptures, then we have an objective truth, which is right.

    For example, some people in America believe the following:

    u That former President George W. Bush caused 9/11

    u Rosie O’Donnell is a Patriot

    u The Constitution is a living document

  • With respect to retailers’ tendency to focus on Ballantyne and Sun City, I could not agree with you more (re: IL shoppers welcome new Walmart, ALDI, Sept. 1).

    Retailers need to realize that there is more to this area than Ballantyne and Sun City. Yes, I’m glad for the jobs they have provided and commend their generous donations to schools, libraries and nonprofit relief organizations.

  • I would like to respond to the assault on coach Bill Farrar, Lancaster High School assistant principal, and to the person charged with the assault, Rodney Thompson, and his family.

    Coach Farrar is a good person, as well as a teacher and coach. I have a son who attends Lancaster High School, as well as two grandchildren.

    Over the years, I have grown to know coach Farrar on a personal level. Coach Farrar would never attempt an assault on any student at Lancaster High School.

  • Someone shared the following incident with me. I do not know where the story originated. It tugged at my heartstrings as I’m sure it will yours.

    A man was waiting in an airport for a flight that was on delay. While he was drinking a cup of coffee and feeling irritable, his attention was drawn to a group of soldiers entering the snack bar.

    This group was made up of mostly male soldiers with a few female soldiers. They were talking among themselves about Afghanistan, this being the first leg of their journey to that land.

  • I read in The Lancaster News that U.S. Rep. John Spratt criticized Mick Mulvaney because Mr. Mulvaney voted against the S.C. Senate in spending money it did not have.

    I can understand why Mr. Spratt might find this action by Mr. Mulvaney offensive.  After all, Mr. Spratt seems to vote for every spending bill Nancy Pelosi puts in front of him whether the U.S. government has the money or not.

    Maybe Mr. Spratt’s campaign signs truly represent his spending philosophy, spend, spend, spend, whether we have the money or not.

  • Sam Slack’s guest column Sept. 15 might be subtitled “Label it libertarian " that makes it bad.” One might hope  ideas would get examined on their merits, not arbitrarily applied labels.  

    For Mr. Slack’s last paragraph, in which he asks how the various social and economic policies espoused by Ms. Haley and Mr. Mulvaney would stand for the good of all people, I would offer the following comments.

    Most of what Mick Mulvaney and Nikki Haley are saying derives from a few basic principles from which government has seriously strayed.

  • It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over for Lancaster County schoolchildren. While autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next month, Monday morning thousands of local students will say goodbye to the carefree days of summer and return to the classroom.

    This week, teachers began getting their rooms ready for their new students. Their planning and preparation will pay off as they welcome students back. Many students will be sporting new clothes and shoes and carrying new lunch boxes and backpacks full of new school supplies.

  • Lancaster County Council’s idea to set up its own sign-making shop is a good one. The county is going to have to replace road name signs and traffic signs in the county within the next few years to comply with a federal mandate.

    The new signs must have more reflective features, which are meant to increase highway safety.

    The mandate requires all regulatory signs, such as stop, yield and speed limit signs, be updated in the county by January 2015.

    The county must replace all of its road name signs by January 2018.

  • My heart is deeply broken with the passing of Anasue Love also known affectionately as “Itoo.” She was a charming, classy wonderful lady, a Lancaster legend and more importantly – my friend.

    I grew to know her from my days of working across the street from her store, the Dianne Shoppe. She would walk over and lighten up the day with her quick wit, news or beloved dog, Trooper.

  • It is not a novel idea and it doesn’t take a PhD to know that children have a better opportunity to succeed in life when they have someone to support and encourage them. Ideally, that person is the child’s parent.  

    Sometimes, however, that role is filled by a volunteer Guardian ad Litem. The difference?

    A volunteer Guardian ad Litem is court-appointed to children who have been abused or neglected by their parents or other caregivers.

    The Department of Social Services has become involved with the family and a family court case has been opened.

  • All babies are beautiful. We invite you to enter yours in our first annual Beautiful Baby Contest with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Newspaper In Education Program (NIE).

    What is NIE? The Lancaster News NIE program provides 128 classrooms in Lancaster County with newspapers as a teaching aid. That amounts to more than 2,000 students reading and learning about local community events, local government and local issues that affect their lives.

  • I sat across from Dr. Peter Barry’s desk, my notebook on my lap, facing my final exam in his history course.

    And I felt as prepared as I could ever be – besides, I could use any notes I’d taken to back up my answers.

    Dr. Barry asked the first question.

    I took a deep breath and opened my notebook to confirm my answer.

    And then I looked up – shocked and agitated.

    “Dr. Barry, I brought the wrong notebook,” I said.

    He raised his eyebrows, adding to my frustration.