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Today's Opinions

  • It’s time to tear up Taxahaw Road and start over

    OK, OK, OK, the joke has ceased being funny. Residents and travelers on Taxahaw Road have enjoyed joking about the road.
    But if there is a worse road in the county, may the good Lord have mercy on those who live on it.

  • Republicans working for a safer Lancaster

    In our January column, we talked about the need to prioritize public safety in Lancaster County. Recent events remind us there is still more to be done and Lancaster Republicans are working to make positive contributions toward supporting those who work to keep our county’s communities and neighborhoods safer.

  • A.R. Rucker teams are big winners

    Perfection is a major challenge to attain, but a pair of A.R. Rucker Middle School teams did so during the 2012-13 basketball season.
    The Rucker girls and boys teams each posted an unbeaten record during the recently completed middle school basketball campaign.
    Each team went 12-0 for the season, a first in school history.
    Rams athletic director Brett Blackmon noted three key reasons in the teams’ success.
    “One, we had a great group of kids,” Blackmon said. “Number two, we had two great coaches.

  • Gun-ban effort infringes on our right to bear arms

    Where does a gun come from? Who makes a gun? How does a gun work? Who invented a gun? Is a gun dangerous? How does a gun hurt or kill a person? What is a weapon?
    These high-profile questions have taken the spotlight lately, given the rash of recent shooting tragedies. Politicians are using the tragedies to vilify people who believe in the right to bear arms.
    TV, newspapers and other media align themselves with the government in an effort to ban guns.

  • Resurrect B3 proposal

    Changes to the B3 commercial zoning classification are back on the table and many people are saying that the B3 proposal made by the ad hoc B3 Committee last spring should be brought back and adopted.
    Unfortunately, many of the players have changed, and each of the new players has a different idea about how the proposal should be adapted to put a new stamp on it. The situation is thus degenerating into the same kind of argument that has characterized this issue for at least four years.

  • South Carolina needs stronger Freedom of Information Act

    It’s probably fair to say that a lot of people in our society feel a healthy dose of skepticism toward many politicians.
    It’s not unreasonable to feel that way, either.
    After all, if you read the paper or watch the news, it’s not very hard to find reasons to raise your eyebrows, or even your voice, over decisions they make about spending your money.

  • Fundraiser helps abused horses

    We would like to thank everyone who came out and donated to the Healing Horses fundraiser on Feb. 16 at Tractor Supply.
    Healing Horses is an organization that rescues and rehabilitates horses that are victims of trauma or abuse. The event was sponsored by Tractor Supply and Gypsysrun Farm & Stables of Lancaster.
    Tractor Supply donated a $25 gift card and Gerald Baskins donated a cedar birdhouse. We would like to thank them both for helping us with this cause. We raised $100 to help feed and take care of the horses in need.

  • Chief Howard deserves recognition

    I would like to praise and commend Police Chief Harlean Howard. She is a wonderful lady with a beautiful personality. Even though I don’t live in the city of Lancaster, I think she does a great job as police chief. During Black History Month, many people are honored for their contributions. Chief Howard should be recognized for hers.
    Thank you. Chief Howard, for your service to Lancaster.

    Carl Miles
    Lancaster