Today's Opinions

  • Holding court making progress

    The state of Lancaster County judicial matters has taken a turn for the better.

    Such was not the case late last summer when an arsonist torched the Lancaster County Courthouse and Solicitor Doug Barfield’s adjacent office, a few days later.

    Fire damaged the courtroom on the courthouse’s second floor, making it impossible to hold court.

    Proceedings moved to the Municipal Justice Center and County Council chambers, a true sign that city and county officials can work together for the common good.

  • U.S. House responds to mob mentality

    Several years ago, I made some talks for the S.C. Bar Association foundation in which I supported the concept of the rule of law in this country. I believed then, as I do now, that all of us should adhere to the law as it has been developed through the years, realizing that from time to time it can be amended or expanded to meet new contingencies. This is the way of a civilized nation.

  • Be grateful for donations of any amount

    I have nothing but the utmost respect for the work and the lives saved by our Lancaster volunteer fire departments and local rescue squad. However, about 6 p.m. March 24, a solicitor for the rescue squad came to my door asking for donations in exchange for a family portrait.

  • My name on historic rooftop

    I sent our photographer, Aaron Morrison, to the Lancaster County Courthouse on Monday night to shoot photos of local firefighters signing their names on the trusses that were put up for the new roof of the historic building this week.

    A little while later, I got a call from Aaron.

    “How do you sign your name?” he asked.

    “What?” I said.

    “I’m going to sign your name on one of the trusses,” he said.

  • Thomas apologizes at meeting

    Fred Thomas, Lancaster County Council chairman, apologized at the beginning of County Council meeting Monday night.  

    ”There are times when our best intentions don’t materialize,” Thomas said. “I apologize to anyone who was embarrassed, anyone made to feel uncomfortable, or anyone who felt their government was not doing its job.

    “I’m especially sorry to Sen. Mulvaney. I want to make sure everyone knows their trust was not misplaced.”

    Thomas said it was a “well-deserved apology.”

  • Obama gets an F in economics

    I would like to respond to Arlene Harris’ letter, “Face it: We have a black president.” First of all, I don’t quite understand the statement “your president.” Does that mean the white people’s president or because he was a Republican or both? Let’s face it Ms. Harris, President Bush was our president. Mr. Bush made some mistakes, but he also kept this country safe from foreign terrorists attacks after 9/11.

  • Coach displayed true sportsmanship

    At a recent soccer game we won 4 to nothing against the other team. Our coach (Michael) Lundy cheered on both teams. We could have lost if it wasn’t for his sportsmanship. Several times they lost more and more players and winded up with four players which made me angry. Because of it, Coach Lundy did right, but something was not right with me. I was the missing sportsman. I should have been more like Coach Lundy.  Shouldn’t we all?

    Luke Faulkenberry, age 7



  • Woman grateful for help after fire

    I would like to thank all who helped me during the loss of my home on Feb. 26, including McDonald Green and Gooches volunteer fire departments.

    These are very special men who volunteer their time and risk their lives for our communities. They need your support and prayers at all times. Thank you deputy Branham and investigator Marshall for their time in a caring, polite and professional manner.

    Thanks to all who called and offered to help and let me know they cared. Thanks to the Red Cross for their help. Thank you Allen Laneou for calling to let me know.