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Today's Opinions

  • DUI law tough, but not tough enough

    South Carolina’s drunk driving law will have more bite in February 2009. That’s when tougher penalties go into effect and some loopholes in the existing law are set to go out of effect. You’d be pressed to find anyone in law enforcement or in the prosecution of drunk drivers who’d argue the driving under the influence law in South Carolina didn’t need revising.

  • Balance growth to prosper, preserve natural beauty

    Our kayaks round a bend in the Catawba River – and we see it. A flashing streak hitting the water, a splash and then the powerful wings coming into focus as they pull the bald eagle up with a squirming snake in its talons.

    We all sit there stunned for a moment. Then, we’re all talking at once, amazed at what we’ve just seen only a few miles from where we live and work.

    My children run back down the trail to me, chattering, “Mom, it’s so big!”

  • A home of the brave

    “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light... for the land of the free and the home of the brave.” How we love the song “The Star-Spangled Banner.” America is the home of the brave. I was very fortunate to grow up in a home full of the brave.

    My grandfather, the late L.C. Ormand, served in the army. He fought in World War II. I remember a strong man who was full of grace and braveness.

  • Make sure your know the facts before you sign an agreement

    I would like to share some information the public may not be aware of. I assisted my disabled son financially with a legal matter not knowing there may be help for the disabled. Before signing any agreement make sure you do your homework. Don’t assume your legal team will supply this information. You may be able to get free legal services. You can call S.C. Legal Services at 1 (800) 922-3853 to see if you qualify for help before signing any agreement.

  • Update on landscape around post office

    Tom Morgan wrote in his letter in the May 14 edition of The Lancaster News about the post office landscape being neglected. Acting postmaster Dean Roberts said the problem was corrected earlier that week. Roberts said there were problems with the lawnmower and other grass-cutting equipment.

  • Memorial Day time to honor, pay tribute

    In her letter to the editor, Cheryl Rutledge touts the bravery of her grandfather, father and two brothers. She is obviously very proud of them. Their military duties run the gamut – from World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq.

    Now is the perfect time to recognize them and the other men and women who have served in our military throughout the world. Tomorrow is Memorial Day. A day set aside to pay tribute and honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.

  • Daniel is 'caring, honest, compassionate'

    My name is Mary Phillips. I am the aunt of Daniel Workman, who is 10 years old and attends Erwin Elementary. Daniel was recently baptized at White Springs Baptist Church.

    Recently, while I was shopping for groceries at Wal-Mart, Daniel and my daughter, Karli, were in the game room playing.

    After checking out, I went to the game room to get them and Daniel was standing beside the huge bubble gum machine. Daniel said he couldn’t go then because he was guarding the machine. It seems the back had come off of the machine and piles of quarters were in full view.

  • We're all responsible for our actions

    I was sitting at home with my pit bull dog and was thinking about a lot of things. The television was off and the only sound I could hear was her breathing. I realized how many people have their own look at things – how we perceive, assume and anticipate things.