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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.