Today's Opinions

  • IL library now open

    Although this sounds clichéd, the excitement really was palpable at the ribbon-cutting for the new Del Webb Library at Indian Land.

    Even before 3 p.m., the 54 chairs in the front were filled to capacity.

    Others had to stand on their tiptoes, craning their necks for a view of the historic event.

    But the ribbon-cutting – the symbolic culmination of several years of planning and work by the Lancaster County Library’s board, its staff and many others in the community – was not the main event Sunday.

  • Closing USCL would be a huge mistake

    I read with great concern the article regarding the proposed phasing out of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster by Gov. Mark Sanford.

    To close this campus would be a huge mistake, eliminating the opportunity for a lot of young people to attend college.

    USCL allows high school graduates who did not make SAT scores high enough to be admitted to the University of South Carolina in Columbia or Winthrop the chance to start college courses, make the grades and later transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Governor’s cuts sends elitist message

    While I agree that there are indeed inefficiencies in our education system, I directly relate them to our leaders from Columbia. In the past several weeks Gov. Mark Sanford has used scare tactics to make a point.

    Instead of finding and providing resolutions to fix South Carolina’s economic drought, our governor shows hollow leadership proposing a budget that could devastate the city of Lancaster. It is very obvious that he cares for only those who “need” instead of those in need.

  • Angel Tree workers grateful for help from residents

    Christian Services Angel Tree would like to thank all of the people who donated their time, money and toys to our kids this year.

    As usual Lancaster residents always come through and we were able to give gifts to 1,861 children, 261 more than our normal average. It would be impossible to list the more 250 churches, businesses, and individuals who helped. So we thank you all with a warm heart knowing that people still care. We were also blessed with donations from Fort Lawn, Pageland, Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Charlotte, Chester, Florida, Monroe and Waxhaw to name a few.

  • Writer commends Piggly Wiggly for help

    I would like to take the opportunity to both recognize and thank Rick Hinson and Piggly Wiggly for their generous donations to the community. Each year Kanawha Insurance Co. has a food drive for Helping Other People Effectively (HOPE) and throughout this drive we have several fundraising efforts to purchase the items most needed by HOPE.

    For the past two years, we have held a hot dog sale within our company as one such fundraiser. Piggly Wiggly has generously donated the hot dogs.

  • Share your views about this historic inauguration

    The “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin, will be there, along with a few others. Estimates range anywhere from 1 to 3 million people will witness the historic inauguration of the 44th president of the United States.

    On Jan. 20, Barack Obama will be the first black man sworn into the highest office in our nation. There are numerous festivities, events and presidential parties scheduled.

  • County should reconsider building courthouse

    As I walked from my paper box this beautiful, warm Sunday morning, reading the headline article entitled “Budget is county’s 800-pound gorilla” by Jenny Hartley, I was dumbfounded by the contradiction that was the article itself.

    Perhaps it is my own lack of understanding that leads to question as to why the county would think it was a good idea to go forward with millions of dollars in spending on things it could clearly do without right now.

  • Imagine our county without USCL

    Many of you know me. I have taught philosophy and logic at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster for nearly 27 years. I have served as dean since 2001. My wife works at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School. My three children have gone to the public schools here, and the oldest two started their college careers at USCL. My youngest is a junior at Lancaster High School.

    In all those years I have never written an editorial. I have purposefully avoided politics and public arguments, choosing instead to concentrate on what this area needs most – more education.