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Today's Opinions

  • Family Promise grateful for support

    Family Promise of Lancaster County is in its fifth year, and the generosity of the community support that makes this ministry possible never ceases to amaze me.
    There are 16 host sites manned by members of 20 churches and numerous volunteers. These volunteers greet our guests, provide meals for them, stay overnight with them, and transport them to and from the Family Promise Day Center.

  • Help keep county free of litter

    Lancaster County residents should be proud of our sheriff. Sheriff Barry Faile has been very aggressive with the litter program, and has created the Lancaster County Litter Program.
    The program is supervised by an inmate supervisor. People of Lancaster could not believe all of the trash, including old tires and old television sets, that people put on our roadsides.
    The trash, dirty diapers, dead animals and furniture are forever placed in our county creeks.

  • Student seeks info on S.C.

    My name is Lucas C. I’m a fifth-grade student at Harlan Intermediate School in Harlan, Iowa. My class is studying the history and geography of the United States.
    I am very interested in the beautiful, wonderful state of South Carolina. I’d really appreciate it if you would send me postcards, a souvenir and any information on your wonderful state.

  • Doughnuts not sweet on Buford soccer field

    Wow, those snowy doughnuts must have been real good. Really, was it that good as you sank in on the treat?
    We’re not talking a tasty treat here, but rather a dastardly deed.
    No good came out of a coward’s “joy ride” at the Buford Recreation Department’s youth soccer fields Feb. 16.
    How could anyone have a good time as they drove an ATV and cut deep-rutted doughnuts into the youth soccer fields?
    What was this person thinking? Obviously, he or she was not thinking straight.

  • Building a winner, from the ground up

    Where you start has nothing to do with where you end up. Nobody knows that as well as the Lewisville High Lions boys basketball team.
    We aren’t just talking about the 0-6 start the team endured while playing Class A’s toughest out-of-region schedule. The program itself has come a long way from humble beginnings.
    History recounts that Lewisville’s first teams, in the 1940s, didn’t have a gym to play in. In fact, it didn’t even have a paved surface on which to dribble. The team’s outdoor court was made of dirt.

  • Consumers can squelch credit card swipe fees

    After taxpayers were forced to spend billions bailing out Wall Street a few years ago, it’s easy to understand why consumers have little tolerance for new fees from banks their hard-earned money rescued.
    It certainly helps explain why many states, including South Carolina, have moved to pass laws against businesses charging their customers credit card transaction fees.
    Credit card transaction fees have existed for years. But until recently, MasterCard and Visa did not permit businesses to pass along these fees to consumers.

  • S.C.’s aging population deserves attention

    S.C. Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell fired off  some eye-opening statistics recently at the Duke Energy retirees quarterly luncheon.
    McConnell’s speech centered on the aging population of the state and what a poor job we are doing of making their lives comfortable.

  • Coordinated effort helped save puppies

    Many dogs and cats go through the Lancaster County Animal Shelter and sadly not many can be saved. Mostly that is due to low adoption rates and also to the fact that the Humane Society of Lancaster has so few foster homes, and no building of its own. Pets that are adoptable don’t get a chance because there is no place where we can house them while waiting for that perfect forever home.
    Whenever possible we will pull a pet from the shelter, get them fully vetted and place in a foster home to be socialized and loved.