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Today's Opinions

  • Community responds to help with Seth’s Giving Tree

    To all the wonderful folks of Lancaster County: On behalf of Seth’s Giving Tree, we thank you for your continued support.
    Each of us encounters tragic events in our daily lives. Sometimes, it’s financial or health issues or the loss of a beloved mother, father, son or daughter. With these losses comes pain and heartache, but they also bring opportunity, an opportunity to rely on your faith in God to bring you through the pain.

  • Music and Performance

    It is a proven fact that children who are exposed to the arts perform at a higher level on standardized academic tests. Further, children and adults who have participated in, studied and/or enjoyed the arts in their lives become more creative thinkers and problemsolvers.

    Music, in particular, affects performance. There are teachers who report that the responsiveness of their classes is greater when (intentionally selected) music is included in their learning
    environment.

  • Coy has great ideas on how to help county prosper

    Congratulations to petition candidate Joseph Coy for a job well done in meeting the requirements to be certified and put on the ballot in the general election. Not participating in the Nov. 6, election is not an option for Coy.
    He wanted to give the voters in District 44 a choice. He served this country for eight years, lived his life with his wife and kids, created a small business, Coy’s Woodworking Custom Cabinets and Countertops, and now he is ready to step out of his comfort zone and get Lancaster County and District 44 up and running.

  • A big thank you to state troopers

    I would like to take this time to offer a sincere thank you to the S.C. state troopers who are patrolling U.S. 521 in such a diligent manner. Having lived here for just over five years, I have never seen so many blue lights flashing on 521. This highway has become a speedway (mostly for those with white and blue tags from a little further north.)

  • Are we criminal?

    A daily newspaper, The “Rock Hill” Herald seems to cover every criminal incident attributed to a Lancaster native, a relative of someone who lives in Lancaster or someone who knows someone who may have lived in Lancaster. To compound the issue, numerous readers, in their comments, like to add insult to injury.
    Seems when something awful occurs, a reader will pen that such conduct is normal for folks who pride themselves with “We are Lancaster” banners. Bad deeds make news. Good deeds go unheralded.

  • It’s time to buckle down to school

    The last few weeks have been busy for teachers, students and their families as they scrambled to prepare for the school bells that rang Monday morning.
    Many students and their parents took advantage of the recent sales-tax-free weekend to buy school supplies and clothes. And teachers have been busy preparing their classrooms for the return of students.

  • It’s a dream we all share

    Morgan doesn’t look too happy in the photo. He’s wearing a long-sleeve dress shirt and tie – and shorts.
    And Michael? He has sort of a why-do-I-have-to-do-this look on his face.
    They’re sitting side-by-side, bookbags on their backs, on the front porch of our new home in Albemarle.
    It’s our traditional “first day of school” photo.
    And it truly is a “first day” for both of them.

  • Celebrate farmers markets during month of August

    What a busy summer it’s been at the S.C. Department of Agriculture. Plus, it’s been a typical South Carolina summer, which can be unbearably hot, sometimes rainy, sometimes dry. We certainly feel sympathy for so many parts of the country that are absolutely parched.