Today's Opinions

  • Imagine if newspapers were invented today

    I can understand why newspapers are not viewed as trendy today. After all, they were really the iPods of 1690.

    But humor me, and consider this alternate history: Imagine if Gutenberg had invented a digital modem rather than a printing press, and that for centuries all of our information had come to us online.

    Further, imagine if we held a press conference announcing the invention of an intriguing new product called the “newspaper.”

    That press conference might go something like this:

  • Mastering language reguires learning curve

    There I was, sitting at a folding table, enjoying a delicious barbecue sandwich, some coleslaw and a pile of baked beans at the recent Elgin Volunteer Fire Department barbecue, when I heard the phrase for the first time.

    “It looks like it’s ’bout to come a cloud,” said my coworker, and our newspaper’s resident wordsmith, Greg Summers.

  • USCL Native American archoves one of a kind

    A lot has been said about why the University of South Carolina at Lancaster should not be closed. As a current student and intern in the school’s Native American studies archive, I would like to add another reason.

  • Produce stands boost local economy

    The S.C. Department of Agriculture is coming to the aid of area farmers looking to sell produce. The department, through its S.C. Certified Program, is giving farmers a boost with farm product stands – produce stands.

    The stands were made available to counties, that meet two criteria set by the S.C. Department of Revenue.

    The county must be considered distressed, with a high unemployment rate and a low per-capita income.

  • Paying for new courthouse a waste of money

    I am writing in regard to the comments that Doug Barfield made about the temporary courthouse. If the temporary courthouse is so secure and much better than the old one then why not leave well enough alone.

    There is no sense in spending $33 million on a new courthouse when the temporary one seems to be serving the same purpose and cost much less than $33 million.

    I think the people of Lancaster have a right to state their opinion on the subject since we, as the people, are going to be paying for the new courthouse.

  • Holding court making progress

    The state of Lancaster County judicial matters has taken a turn for the better.

    Such was not the case late last summer when an arsonist torched the Lancaster County Courthouse and Solicitor Doug Barfield’s adjacent office, a few days later.

    Fire damaged the courtroom on the courthouse’s second floor, making it impossible to hold court.

    Proceedings moved to the Municipal Justice Center and County Council chambers, a true sign that city and county officials can work together for the common good.

  • U.S. House responds to mob mentality

    Several years ago, I made some talks for the S.C. Bar Association foundation in which I supported the concept of the rule of law in this country. I believed then, as I do now, that all of us should adhere to the law as it has been developed through the years, realizing that from time to time it can be amended or expanded to meet new contingencies. This is the way of a civilized nation.

  • Be grateful for donations of any amount

    I have nothing but the utmost respect for the work and the lives saved by our Lancaster volunteer fire departments and local rescue squad. However, about 6 p.m. March 24, a solicitor for the rescue squad came to my door asking for donations in exchange for a family portrait.