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Today's Opinions

  • Resolve to help abused child in 2008

    It’s the time of year that many of us make resolutions about changes we will make in the upcoming year.

    Some popular resolutions are losing weight, exercising more and paying off debt, just to name a few. These are all worthwhile, but maybe this year we could consider a goal that empowers us to help children in need – becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for an abused or neglected child.

  • Community journalism remains focus

    Several years ago, I participated in a job fair for graduating journalists at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Representatives from media outlets across the nation – newspapers, broadcast, television and public relation firms – also were there.

    We were there interviewing and touting our businesses to the future graduates. I was there representing The Lancaster News and our parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. (LCNI.) As the day wore on, folks from the different businesses began to wander around the concourse talking to reps at their booths.

  • A lot of ‘good-hearted people’ in Lancaster

    I would to thank all the wonderful people who live in Lancaster County. We are always hearing about the bad things people do. Well, I want to tell about some good things people do.

    Again this year, the Lancaster County Council on Aging (COA) sponsored the “shoe boxes for seniors,” a project that was started about six years ago.

  • Home no more safe haven because of thieves

    My heart was truly warmed this Christmas season as I witnessed a tremendous outpouring of love in and around Lancaster County. Donations of food, toys, money and clothing were overwhelming and renewed my faith in humankind.

  • Help support Family Promise of Lancaster County

    Family Promise of Lancaster County started in September 2007. The essential backbone of any organized group is to have committees to collect needed information or recruit volunteer help.

    Family Promise is no different. The committees and their chairmen are: Host Recruitment Committee, the Rev. Dan Batson of First United Methodist Church, chairman: Fundraising Committee, Calvin Miller of Covenant Baptist Church, chairman: Public Relations, Mary Atkinson of St. Catherine Catholic Church, chairwoman and the Day Center with Chad Catledge of First Baptist Church as chairman.

  • Gregory represents county admirably

    It was all in the wording. The original S.C. Constitution outlawed gambling in the Palmetto State. But that changed in 1980s when a legislative loophole allowed payouts – in paper receipts not cash – for video poker. The receipts were then exchanged for cash.

    That act helped spur one of the most profitable businesses in South Carolina – video poker gambling. Video poker had been around since 1975, but it boomed in the 1980s and became a multi-billion dollar industry.

  • Memories of a dear friend still linger

    Mary Jane Bailes Watson, who died in December, was a longtime friend. Our families shared good times together. We were Lancaster High School classmates.

    She left us for a faraway Pavilion gleaming amid the glow of a full moon, the incoming tide foaming over a sandy shoreline and those ever present salty breezes blowing through your hair.

    The sounds of 1950s beach music resounds as she moves across the dance floor with effortless ease as in days of old.

    Save a dance for us.

    Mary Alice Rankin Evans and W.B. Evans Jr., LHS Class of ’51

    Lancaster

  • Business owner thanks paper, staff for stance

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Lancaster News for wishing and printing numerous times "Merry Christmas” for its subscribers, as society is pushing toward “Happy Holidays” or “Winter Holiday Wishes.”

    The Lancaster News staff and editor isn’t afraid of sticking to traditional values and standing proud of Lancaster County.

    Our business advertises weekly with The Lancaster News and Mica Jones, an advertising representative with The Lancaster News, also wasn’t afraid to use Merry Christmas once or twice.