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Today's Opinions

  • Family impressed with Valvoline employees

    On Monday, Jan. 28, our family was saddened to have to bury an aunt, who had died on Jan. 25.
    The funeral was held at the chapel of Hartley-Burgess Funeral Home here in Lancaster. As the funeral procession left the funeral home on Charlotte Highway headed south on U.S. 521, we were amazed at the respect that was shown by a local business and its employees.
    The employees at Valvoline Express Care located at 1565 Charlotte Highway stopped what they were doing, removed their caps, stood outside in a line and bowed their heads.

  • A witness to history

    Seeing the president of the United States in person made everything about my trip to the nation’s capital worthwhile.

    Since I chose not to attend the inauguration in 2009, I made it a point to be there this time for the public swearing-in ceremony of our country’s commander-in-chief.

    Even though it’s now been several weeks since the inauguration, I still speak with energy and excitement about my action-filled weekend in and around Washington, D.C.

    Arriving in the ‘DMV’

  • A witness to history

    Seeing the president of the United States in person made everything about my trip to the nation’s capital worthwhile.

    Since I chose not to attend the inauguration in 2009, I made it a point to be there this time for the public swearing-in ceremony of our country’s commander-in-chief.

    Even though it’s now been several weeks since the inauguration, I still speak with energy and excitement about my action-filled weekend in and around Washington, D.C.

    Arriving in the ‘DMV’

  • A witness to history

    Seeing the president of the United States in person made everything about my trip to the nation’s capital worthwhile.

    Since I chose not to attend the inauguration in 2009, I made it a point to be there this time for the public swearing-in ceremony of our country’s commander-in-chief.

    Even though it’s now been several weeks since the inauguration, I still speak with energy and excitement about my action-filled weekend in and around Washington, D.C.

    Arriving in the ‘DMV’

  • Military-based communities need our support

    You probably haven’t heard much about it, but there’s an economic threat to South Carolina lurking on the horizon beyond the latest crises in Washington over the fiscal cliff and the federal debt.
    While this threat to our state hasn’t received much attention or publicity, it’s a threatened round of widespread military base closings throughout the nation.
    Military officials and other knowledgeable sources believe it’s likely to happen in the near future, possibly as soon as 2015.

  • Home and community based services provide valuable help

    Imagine doing everything by the book your entire life – working hard, making an honest living, providing for your family’s needs and planning responsibly for your retirement.
    This is a story I heard over and over again from numerous seniors while touring the state over the last few months. But oftentimes, what some of these seniors hadn’t prepared for was the unexpected – a sudden illness that claimed their independence and robbed them of their savings.

  • Spay/neuter clinic will save money, pets’ lives

    Recently, I was talking to Joel Hinson, director of Lancaster County Animal Control. Hinson said the time is near when the animal shelter’s needs become even more critical.
    Hinson said when children are out of school and bored, their minds turn to having pets, not realizing how much of a responsibility it is to own take care of a pet.

  • Let’s keep our children safe

    Every school day, my daughter and I stand in the dark near the end of the driveway and watch her bus come to a stop on the opposite side of the road. We use the side of the circular driveway closest to the top of the hill to ensure cars coming up that hill can see the flashing lights on the bus (they can – I’ve stood over there to check). And, always, we look very carefully and wait very patiently for traffic to stop so we can cross the road.