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Today's Opinions

  • Council must back its decision

    We think there's a major question that County Council members need to consider before they enact more stringent animal-control laws. And that is: Is the county planning to hire more animal-control personnel to make sure that people abide by the rules? We're cynical, so we find ourselves questioning whether there would be any real point to such legislation.

    Council on Monday gave the first of three approvals to an ordinance that would tighten several of the county's animal control laws, including how an owner provides water and shelter for dogs kept outside.

  • You got hair cut, slice of life in 'hole'

    Recently looking over some old photographs of downtown and news of the death of an uptown guy sent me down memory lane.

    The death of Frank Ghent took me back in time when downtown was a hopping place in the Red Rose City.

    Mr. Ghent, who died Feb. 26, was one of the two barbers at "the hole," also known as the Friendly Barber Shop.

    The place was quite friendly, but what about "the hole?"

  • Punishment unjust for animal fighting

    This is the last time I am responding about my support of cockfighting unless I am summoned to speak in Columbia. Quite frankly I am tired of repeating myself. I am coughing on all the smoke being used to cloud the true issue.

  • Students benefit from collaboration

    Often when Tigers and Gamecocks meet, somebody's departing in a down mode. Such wasn't the case at the Carole Ray Dowling Health Services Center on the University of South Carolina at Lancaster campus last month.

    When those who bleed garnet and those who have orange in their veins met that day, their smiles were akin to those worn when one state rival downs another.

    The happy event was the check presentations following the sixth annual Big Thursday golf tournament.

  • Cruelty has no place in the world

    I have another comment on how cruelty is not right. It could be to a child who has no one to care about him or her or their feelings, whether it be from an arrogant bully at school or an insensitive gossip at work or elsewhere. It could be an elderly person who can't help himself or herself and are at the mercy of someone who has power over them. It could also be to any living being.

    The point seems to be that there are those who love this power over those who can't help themselves.

  • Louis needs to stand up for his beliefs

    I would like to thank Jensan Louis, "Anti-cockfighters seek to take away rights" in the Feb. 17 edition of The Lancaster News, for bringing up some good points and pointing out how God still had a place 200 years ago. God has a place right here and now and creatures of all kinds belong to him. It is our place to make sure they are cared for. That is exactly what I intend to keep doing.

  • Water, Sewer District plays no favorites

    At first read, I felt compelled to jump on the flap wagon protesting the cost of water service from Lancaster County Water and Sewer District.

    For years my monthly bill was much higher than my immediate neighbors. I complained. I got nowhere. Insult came with injury when a goodly portion of my front yard was surrendered to the utilities for water, natural gas and communication services. I hoped my neighbors would understand my sacrifice to their well being.

  • Waxhaws Chapter, DAR kept focus on history in county

    I am sad that it has come to my attention that the Waxhaws Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has experienced "automatic disbandment" from the National Society.

    Waxhaws Chapter was organized in 1941 with Mrs. E. Lee Skipper as organizing regent.

    Another regent, Mrs. Ben C. Hough Sr., was largely responsible for the establishment of Andrew Jackson State Park.

    Many of the historic markers in Lancaster County are the result of work by the members.

    Constitution Park at the corner of Main Street and Woodland Drive was dedicated by Waxhaws Chapter.