Today's Opinions

  • Consider who uses library, recreation centers before cutting their hours

    I am writing in response to recent comments that the library and recreational services might bear the brunt of budget cuts because they are non-essential services. It was said that the library and recreational services only affect quality of life, but if they weren’t provided, the world wouldn’t end.

    I must disagree. No, the world wouldn’t end. However, many of the voters and residents of Lancaster would be affected.

  • Family Promise becomes a reality

    She wanted to show us the chain. A name was written on each of the more than 4,000 links made out of bright satin ribbon.

    Darlene Hallman is just one of the many dedicated, committed and determined volunteers with Family Promise. She picked up the endless chain that filled the truck of her car.

    “Each link represents an individual,” Hallman said, as she held up the links.

  • State has some tough decisions to make

    This letter is in response to the Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis saying Gov. Mark Sanford is loony or nuts and also Converse Chellis saying the governor should exhibit leadership instead of empty rhetoric during tough times.

  • Not time for extravagant building

    I am appalled to know that with this dire economy in a town whose citizens are struggling to keep their families afloat our town leaders are planning to spend $33 million on a new courthouse.

    The people of Lancaster are reeling under the onslaught of lost jobs resulting in the repossession of their homes and cars, loss of medical insurance, rising food, fuel, and utility cost, not to even mention education for our children.

  • Relay for Life earns deserved recognition

    From the big house to the state house. From the county seat to the city seat. From the sheriff’s office to highway patrol. New faces in new places.

    At the head of our nation’s helm is the first black president. Locally, we have the first woman from Lancaster County serving in the S.C. House of Representatives. We have a new state senator.

    We have a new sheriff and new person in charge of highway patrol.

  • Writer concerned about elderly neighbor

    I was startled by a knock on the door about 10 p.m. Jan. 3. A stranger at the door said my neighbor had sent him over.

    In the distance I could hear my neighbor calling out to me. I grabbed my phone and followed the stranger off my porch. As we crossed the street, he told me that he was passing by and my neighbor flagged him down.

    The night was very cold. I found my 94-year-old neighbor on her front porch. I asked what was she doing there and why she didn’t call me on the phone? She said her power and telephone went out.

  • Family grateful for pet rescue

    I would like to thank the Pettits, who rescued our dog from a creek. He had been missing for a couple of days and I decided to text a coworker who lives a few miles away to see if he was in her neighborhood. She immediately texted me back with information on his location.

    It turns out this nice man heard our dog, a 100-pound lab, wimpering from the creek. He went to check it out and our dog had been struggling for quite some time to get out.

  • USCL lifeline to county

    During Gov. Mark Sanford’s recent State of the State address, he cited the sterling example of Landsford Canal State Park superintendent Al James in neighboring Chester County.

    James drew Sanford’s praise for saving the life of kayakers on the Catawba River last summer. He  noted James “put himself in harm’s way” to perform his duty.

    If Sanford was impressed by James’ example, then he will soon learn, if he hasn’t already, that people from this area are known for an all-out effort to save something precious.