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Opinion

  • I'll never forget the long, hot summers I spent working in Grace Bleachery to help pay my way through college.

    I'll never forget the smell of the dye that was pumped into the big blue barrels, the 120-degree temperatures between the new Zimmer machine and the cinder block wall, the sounds of clacking and whirring as the cloth was printed and processed, and the bright yellow earplugs we wore around our necks that showed that we were all a part of the same team.

  • In the past we praised Fort Lawn Town Council for doing an excellent job presenting public information to to the public.

    If you attend a meeting, waiting for you is an agenda, a financial report and minutes of the meeting immediately prior to the one you are attending.

    It's something all governmental bodies should take as an example.

    Freedom of Information is as much a habit and a state of mind as anything else. Doing it right can be learned, but it can take time.

    Last week, we saw a great example of this, again at a Fort Lawn Town Council meeting.

  • I am a Republican living in Indian Land and former County Council member representing District 1. I support Many Powers Norrell for S.C. Senate.

  • A few thoughts on the subject of animals being mistreated by humans. I've yet to see a dog or a cat throw their owner into the back of a truck and drop the owner off beside the roadway to be run over by a vehicle or left to starve like we humans do to our once beloved pets.

    So do we have an animal problem? Or is it actually a human problem? Perhaps we need human control just like we have animal control.

    How would we feel if our pets we abandoned survived, returned home and decided to give us owners the very same treatment we gave them?

  • This is in response to Al Simpson's article "Mulvaney supports public education" in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Unfortunately, Mr. Simpson, most of the public can see through your attempt to mask the issues. I was raised by a public school teacher who taught in the system for her entire life, and I served as a public school teacher for more than five years before becoming a lawyer.

  • In the April 4 issue of The Lancaster News, the story about an 18-wheeler hit a car at the intersection of S.C. Bypass and Meeting Street/Camp Creek Road brought back scary, scary moments for me.

    Two weeks ago my 5-year-old granddaughter and I were only seconds from being hit by a loaded pulpwood truck.

    I was stopped at the stoplight coming from Camp Creek. While I was waiting for the light to turn green for my way, two loaded pulpwood trucks went by really fast.

  • Our schools need to invest in protecting our students. It's as if Columbine, Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois were not a clear indication.

    Lancaster County School District and Superintendent Gene Moore need to take action to prevent another scare like what happened at Lancaster High on April 4.

  • I would like to respond to Wynette Birchfield's column "Vouchers make education equal" in the April 4 edition of The Lancaster News. To have a genuine discussion regarding vouchers is worthwhile, but to use this subject as a platform to dismiss Mandy Powers Norrell as "haughty" is backhanded and snide.

    Most parents want the very best education for their own children, but it is a sign of maturity when we recognize that educating all children benefits our entire society. We do not live in isolation. We depend on each other to make our community successful.

  • The day – the final Saturday in an out-like-a-lion March – was windy, cold and gray. But for Lancaster Dixie Softball, it was a beaut. Call it Lancaster Dixie Softball's brightest moment on the diamond. March 29, 2008, was a red-letter day for the programs as late director Chuck Solesbee, along with Lancaster Dixie Softball and the Lancaster Southern Belles/ Debs programs were inducted into the Dixie Softball Inc., Hall of Fame.

    The occasion highlighted opening day ceremonies for the 2008 Lancaster Dixie Softball season at Springdale Park.

  • A landscaped, tree-line entrance to the campus. Decorative fencing enclosing campus buildings. Dorms. Additional parking spaces. New education buildings. These are all part of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster strategic master plan USCL Dean John Catalano recently revealed.

    Catalano unveiled the plan to about 100 people in the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center on the USCL campus.

    Catalano said his goal for the campus to have that "college feel."

    "I want this place to feel like a major university," Catalano said.

  • If you happened to catch the Tams performance Saturday night you not only were treated to a fantastic, fun show you saw some acrobatics that rivaled any professional gymnasts.

    The USCL Performing Arts Series brought the legendary beach band to the Bundy Auditorium located at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

    The Tams' band 18 Carat played for 48 minutes before band members wearing their traditional Tam O'shanter hats took the stage and gave more than an hour-packed performance.

  • We would like to thank all of the Lancaster County schools that participated in Valentines for Veterans. We had an overwhelming response this year and our school district should be commended for their continued support and dedication to this program every year. These Valentines mean so much to our veterans.

    In addition, we were asked to collect toiletry supplies for new patients who are admitted to Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia. Again the community response that was received was overwhelming.

  • The University of South Carolina Upstate is in for a treat. Lancaster native Bob Doster, an internationally acclaimed artist, has been selected as the featured sculptor for the 2008-09 season.

    The Doster exhibition, featuring six pieces of his work, will be showcased on the Spartanburg area campus starting in April.

    The irony of Doster's selection is many of his works are abstractions similar to the sculpture on the campus.

  • As an educator, I am quite surprised that Al Simpson, chairman of the S.C. State Board of Education, would deceive the voters of Lancaster County.

    In his editorial, "Mulvaney supports public education" in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News, Simpson said he takes “his service on this board very seriously and spends an enormous amount of time in Columbia."

    He also said that "Rep. Mick Mulvaney helped craft legislation that eliminated the dreaded PACT test in our schools."

  • South Carolina is poised to join 28 other states which have closed access to their lists of concealed weapon permit (CWP) holders. In addition to South Carolina, five other states have similar pending legislation.

    The S.C. Press Association (SCPA) is opposed to the legislation (H. 3528). It has argued that the public has a right to know who has a CWP, in the same way that a license to operate a vehicle on a public highway is public information.

    The SCPA is incorrect.

  • Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer answers questions about aging issues.

    Question: I have been hearing on the news lately about the economic stimulus check that the Internal Revenue Service is going to be sending out this year. I am confused. Will seniors get this rebate? First they said we did not qualify and now I am hearing that we do.

    What is the real answer, will I be getting this check or not? It is difficult making ends meet on a fixed budget and this money sure would make a difference to my wife and me.

  • I am deeply distressed that the entire S.C. House of Representatives adopted a resolution (H. 4822) requesting that Gov. Mark Sanford apply for an extension of the deadline to comply with the federal REAL ID Act because the S.C. General Assembly passed a bill, signed into law on June 13, 2007, saying that the state shall not participate in its implementation.

  • I am very pleased to report that our first IPRA sanctioned professional rodeo on March 14 and 15 was a success.

    The crowd on Saturday was much smaller than anticipated due to inclement weather, but the crowd on Friday night demonstrated that this rodeo will not be our last.

    If you enjoyed the show, please let us know. We would like to have as much feedback as possible. If you would like to be a sponsor for our next rodeo, please call us at (803) 482-4315 or visit our Web site www.greatfallsrescue.com

  • Folks across the Palmetto State are learning what many here have known for years. The Adopt A Leader program is working well, shaping young lives and building future leaders.

    The program, led by organizer Bobby Bailey, was recently honored by the S.C. School Board Association with the Champions for Public Education Award.

    When something is working well and having a positive impact on youngsters, as this program does, it's hard to keep it secret. The S.C. School Board Association made the presentation during a recent Lancaster County school board meeting.

  • Larry Sims and family would like to thank everyone who participated and attended the chicken bog in honor of him on March 1 at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church.

    Thanks to everyone who gave up their time, money and prayers. We would like to extend a special thank you to Sherwood Baptist Church, Larry Smalls, Mike Johnson and Donald Boone.

    God bless.

    Larry Sims and family

    Lancaster