Today's Opinions

  • Economists: Recession improving just slightly

    In June, two economists have shared their views on the economy, the recession and when we will see some relief.

    Steve Rick, senior economist for the Credit Union Association, and Mark Vitner, senior economist with Wachovia Bank, echoed each other’s sentiments about the economic forecast for South Carolina, our nation and the world.

  • Writer cautions Americans to be alert

    In reviewing the events of recent weeks, I am reminded of the words of the late German Professor Martin Niemoller in speaking of events that occurred in Germany. Professor Niemoller had a famous poem that read:

    When the Nazis came for the Communists

    I remained silent;

    I was not a Communist.

    Then they locked up the social democrats.

    I remained silent;

    I was not a social democrat.

    Then they came for the trade unionists.

    I did not speak out;

    I was not a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Jews.

  • Deeper in debt, with no hopes of recovery

    Following is a letter to U.S. Sen. John Spratt: The people in our Congressional District have long held you in high esteem. Those of us in the opposing party have admired your intellect, honesty and candor.

    What has happened ? You have risen, through your abilities and perseverance, to very near the top of the ladder in the U.S. House. Yet you have helped your party, in the last six months, pass legislation that ensures that our future generations will be laden with debt beyond belief.

  • Is there a fair solution for PHFD?

    Yes or no, sometimes it just isn’t that simple. But right now the future of the Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department is being framed as just that – a yes or no question.

    County Council is considering a recommendation from the county’s fire commission to close the station. Council members may take a vote on the question at its July 27 meeting.

    Morris Russell, director of Lancaster County Emergency Management and Lancaster County Fire Service, presented a compelling case for closing the department at Monday night’s County Council meeting.

  • Food banks seeking to eliminate hunger here

    Food is on the move to feed eligible Lancaster County residents. Continuing to Aug. 18, a mobile food bank is going throughout the county with plans to feed 3,600 families from Indian Land to Kershaw and strategic points in between.

    The Springs Close Foundation along with HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively), KARE (Kershaw Area Resource Exchange), Christian Services and the Lancaster County Council on Aging are working together to halt county hunger.

  • Dialogue, health care for everyone is good news

    Ed McAteer, in his June 28 guest column, “Is there good news?” feels there is no good news associated with the new Obama administration. Moreover, he contends that the president is a socialist.

    He should recall that, near the end of the Bush administration, the country was sinking into a deep economic ditch, with jobs disappearing at a record rate of 800,000 a month. Also, General Motors was ready to go under, which would have meant the loss of 2 million jobs and possibly, set off another great depression.

  • Cauthen family grateful for support

    The family of Michael Cauthen would like to thank all of the people who helped to make the yard/bake sale and the lawnmower raffle such a success. Words really can’t express how much we truly appreciate what people have done for our family.  

    It was amazing to see how so many people from so many communities came together to help us.  

    We know that Michael will get his liver transplant in God’s time and we would appreciate that continued prayers for our family.

  • Fix problems, but give PHFD one more chance

    I would like to address County Council members. My name is Donna Blackmon. My husband, Randy, and I are the owners of Flint Ridge Alpacas. I attended my first council meeting Monday, and I really learned a lot of things that I did not like.