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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Writer seeks answers about Obama

    I am not quite sure who I am going to vote for in this presidential election. I have some questions that I need to get answers to before I make up my mind. President Barack Obama once said Karl Marx had a few good ideas. I hope someone, more educated than me, can tell me what those ideas are.
    Why did Obama choose to announce his relection on Marx’s birthday? Why did he choose “Forward,” the slogan that has been used by the socialist party in Europe for the past 114 years as his campaign slogan?

  • Kershaw resident concerned about road

    I live on Decree Road in Kershaw and all the residents have tried to get Lancaster County to fix the road. We’re told the county doesn’t have the money. But we are not asking for the road to be widened. We’re simply asking to make the road safe, fix the ditches and keep mud off the road. I have personally used my tractor to clear the road. The county just doesn’t seem to care.

  • B-3 reform is ‘off the table’

    Speaking at the special County Council meeting on July 30, Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare declared that critically needed B-3 zoning reform is now “off the table.” After three years of talking and thousands of hours of work, including a refusal to hear a viable proposal approved by the Planning Commission, Sistare has responded by firing the planning director, greatly reducing the authority of the Planning Commission, and now declaring that council will not consider the matter further.