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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t let the summer fun lead to ER

    Although school has already been out for a month, summer officially starts today, June 20.
    With that in mind, it’s time to remind everyone – children and adults alike – to put safety first this summer.
    According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), summer is when you are most likely to be injured, with emergency room visits spiking by about 20 percent during June, July and August.

  • Remember Dad on his special day

    Dads, credit Sonora Smart Dodd for that tie you always wanted, hand-drawn, crayon-colored greeting card and all the attention lavished on you today. Why? Because Dodd was an equal opportunist daughter.
    While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909 at Central Methodist Episcopal Church in Spokane, Wash., Dodd got to thinking that fathers deserved special recognition, too.

  • Letter writer praises David Demby

    I saw an article on David Demby, “Passion, love for EMS a career calling,” in The Lancaster News. I want to say I am so very proud of what he has done with his life. He has grown into a great man who cares for others.
    I remember David when he was a child and his mother was so sick. He and his brother would come with their mother to my beauty shop on South Avenue. They were such good boys then. I am so very glad to know he is still a good guy, who loves his fellow man and wants to help people in need.
    May God bless you always, David.

  • Don’t install more stoplights

    I believe I see foundations being prepared for more stoplights on S.C. 160 at the Barberville Road intersection. I hope this is not the case.
    The stoplight signal previously installed at the Hensley Road/S.C. 160 intersection causes a needless, major back-up on S.C. 160 during heavy traffic hours. If one is installed at the Barberville Road/S.C. 160 intersection, it will just add to the traffic issue and possibility of wrecks.

  • IL resident proud to be a Democrat

    I am proud to be a member of the Democratic Party because of what the party stands for.
    u Civil rights – Every American should have the opportunity to fully participate in our society without fear of discrimination.
    u Affordable health care – No one should go bankrupt just because they get sick. Every American should have access to basic health care. Democratic presidents have pushed for health reform over the years and will continue to do so.

  • Are any public servants willing to help public?

    Recent events should have caught the attention of all citizens of  Lancaster County:
    u The public meeting with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, affecting many who live in the vicinity of Pressley’s Recycling Center and those who travel along U.S. 521 daily
    u The decision by Lancaster County Council to lift the rezoning moratorium without changing or redefining the B-3 zoning ordinance. Editor’s note: Lancaster County Council in its second reading on June 11, voted 6-1 to lift the moratorium.

  • Teamwork key in USC’s return to World Series

    The University of South Carolina baseball team, in recent seasons, has seemingly become a fixture in Omaha, Neb., for the College World Series.
    The Gamecocks are bidding for their third straight national crown after winning in 2010 and 2011.
    Getting there is sweet, but it’s not a given.
    When you’re the king of the hill, or in baseball terms, the man on the mound, it gets tougher each time. Along with that shining national championship trophy at the end of the season comes a major target on the team’s back for the following campaign.

  • Committee applauds smoking ban effort

    The Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, a network of 40 public, private, civic and faith-based partners, is writing in full support of the Health and Wellness Commission’s effort to implement a smoke-free policy throughout Lancaster County.  
    While there have been several letters to the editor printed in response against this policy, we believe that much of this discussion can be characterized as misguided and misinformed.