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Today's Opinions

  • Accident victim grateful for help from stranger

    n Sunday, Sept. 23, I had an accident at the intersection of S.C. 200 and Shiloh Unity Road. I was driving with my 11-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and 14-year-old nephew. The accident was clearly my fault, but thank goodness no one was hurt.

  • No need to bring up past mistakes

    In the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News there was a story about Andrual Ross being charged in a shooting at the Waffle House.
    There was another story, “Shooting suspect out on bond,” where Ross was out on bond after he and five other people were arrested on several drug charges during a drug raid last year.
    Why is it important to mention the names of those other people who were charged in that raid? Two of those people charged are no longer on Earth.

  • USCL has earned top spot

    Most folks in our area know the importance of the University of South Carolina Lancaster in our community.
    Palmetto State residents now know what we’ve known for years.
    USCL, a regional campus of the University of South Carolina, was recently ranked as the most successful two-year campus in the Palmetto State.
    A summary of college and university graduation rates prepared by the S.C. Commission on Higher Education scored USCL at a success rate of 66.9 percent.

  • The same rules apply

    When a council or board retires to executive session, it is not entering into a new or different meeting. It’s the same meeting, the door has just been closed.
    A few weeks ago, we pointed out that a court ruling had been issued which made it very clear that meeting agendas cannot and should not be amended once a meeting has begun. Public bodies must provide an agenda for their meetings at least 24 hours in advance. The intent is to tell the public what they will discuss and may vote on.

  • Meet you at the pole a moving experience

    Meet you at the pole on Wednesday at Buford Middle School was a moving and humbling time. I, a deacon at Second Baptist Church, was humbled and proud of our students at the pole. The presence of the students, parents and staff warmed my heart knowing that we, as faith leaders, are teaching the next generation to love God, love people and live the mission of Christ.

  • Enough is enough

    Some of our Lancaster County Council members kicked the new proposed B3 zoning plan under the table, even lifted the B3 moratorium before it expired, then fired the head of the county planning department. If the plan would have been approved, we would only have gas stations located on corners instead of everywhere and anywhere.
    Now, we may have five gas stations within one mile. The latest, Quick Mart, if all the hurdles are cleared, would be built on the location where Young’s Nursery sits.

  • Black gum tree not in the dogwood family

    As I was looking at the Sept. 21 edition of The Lancaster News, a sentence in Joanna Angle’s “Tree Talk” article on the black gum jumped out at me: “A member of the dogwood family, nyssa sylvatica is also commonly called black tupelo....”
    While it is true that nyssa sylvatica or black gum is also called black tupelo; it is not in the dogwood family, but in the nyssaceae, or tupelo family.
    Trees in the family cornaceae compose the dogwood family, which contains our common local dogwood, flowering dogwood or cornus florida.

  • We’re losing our heroes every day

    I guess I am at the age when folks read the obits. In the Washington papers, there are usually photos of men and women who served in the military services during World War II. 
    It is especially interesting to note significant excerpts from their heroics, which as a child I followed on newspaper maps pinned to the back of our kitchen door.
    Rarely do these survivors of World War II comment on their participation, especially that stuff from which heroes are made.