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Today's Opinions

  • When hauling trash, keep it covered

    I want to share a recent experience I had on Dixie School Road in the Buford community. About 2 p.m. on March 28, I met a flatbed truck with a gray tarp. Debris was flying from this vehicle. Some hit my car and damaged it. I have since had it repaired. I feel sure the driver will recognize himself or herself if they read this letter.  But that is in the past.
    The point I’m trying to make is that if you are hauling trash, be sure it is secure. This was only a car. The next time it could be a person, even a child.

    Peggy Lucas

  • Don’t abuse handicapped parking

    Do you know someone who is truly handicapped or disabled? My husband is and, believe me, it has made me so aware of the stress he has in using the motorized carts that some stores have, using the facilities and parking issues.
    I believe we have misused the word “handicap.”
    Even though patients with heart conditions are requested to walk, they ask their doctors for a handicapped tag, so they can park close to stores’ entrances with little to no walking.

  • Deserving honorees

    The 2013 Celebration of Excellence, the annual Lancaster County School District’s salute to the best in education and service, included its annual induction of hall of fame members.
    Four deserving individuals, who made an impact in the classroom and beyond, took center stage on Monday, April 29, at the Lancaster Golf Club’s Fairway Room.
    The latest inductees included Bennett Gunter, C.C. Hanson, Ann Hough and Floyd White.

  • Keep alcohol away from young people

    Cinco de Mayo. High school graduation parties. Fourth of July cookouts. College football tailgating. What do all of these have in common?
    All are terrific opportunities to gather together with friends and family. Unfortunately, these activities can also present an increased risk of alcohol-related problems such as underage drinking or driving under the influence. Not here you say? Nothing can be further from the truth. Almost half, 47 percent, of high-school age students report having used alcohol at least once in their lifetime and 20 percent have used in the past 30 days.

  • South Carolina must address its road issues

    What is the most pressing issue facing South Carolina? Is it attempting to nullify Obamacare? Is it the question of whether to expand Medicaid coverage? Is it putting up legal barricades to block possible federal curbs on gun rights? While my email inbox would seem to indicate so, I believe our No. 1 concern is addressing the dire condition of the state’s roads and bridges.

  • Local Republican Party making accomplishments

    At our recent convention, a record-breaking turnout of Lancaster County Republicans elected a new slate of officers, giving me a second term as the county chair along with re-electing John Plyler as our treasurer and Diane Swofford as our secretary.
    Also elected at the convention were several new faces: Brandon Newton as first vice chair, Jerry Holt as second vice chair and Earl Capps as state executive committeeman.

  • Honor nurses this week

    Every year, National Nurses Week shines light on America’s 3.1 million registered nurses who work to save lives and improve the health of millions of individuals.
    The American Nurses Association (ANA) has selected “Delivering Quality and Innovation in Patient Care” as the theme for 2013. Monday, May 6, known as RN Recognition Day, started the week-long celebration that includes programs and events across the country.

  • Change our gun laws

    The suicide of Adams Lanza, the man who went on a killing rampage in Sandy Hook Elementary School, reminds me of Judas Iscariot, the disciple who killed himself after betraying Jesus. Both are examples or greed and mental illness.
    My question is why are so many people buying guns since the Sandy Hook massacre? Yes, I know guns don’t kill. People do. And a bullet doesn’t have anyone’s name on it, so innocent people get killed.