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Today's Opinions

  • We must learn from past mistakes

    Most people in Lancaster County probably have never seen a live Carolina heelsplitter before. Most people probably never even heard of them until the rare mussel became a threat to development in the booming Indian Land area.

    But in the last year, these creatures have flexed their muscles, thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which have given them a voice. We've been told that since these mussels are protected by the Endangered Species Act of 1973, we must take precautionary measures to ensure they are protected in Lancaster County.

  • We should all practice common courtesy everywhere

    We should all practice common courtesy everywhere

    I truly appreciate Karen Smith's letter "Use common courtesy in parking lots, on highway" in the Sept. 16 edition of The Lancaster News. We all could learn from this. Courtesy is something that is necessary in our world today. I would like to add to her list a few of my pet peeves:

  • Saving water doesn't mean saving money

    I am writing to voice my disbelief at the attitude of the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District.

    My husband and I received our bill in December for $48, having used 2,000 gallons. We decided that with the ongoing drought, we could reduce our water usage by recycling the water from the shower by using it to flush our toilets and water our plants.

  • Where Lancaster County residents vote in the presidential primaries

    Some polling places consolidated

    You may be one of the Lancaster County residents who won't vote in your usual polling place for the Republican and Democratic presidential primaries. The county combined several precincts because it did not get enough money from the state to open all precincts.

    The polling places that have been combined and where you'll vote are:

    - Antioch and Hyde Park - Hyde Park Baptist Church, 1898 Flat Creek Road

    - Belair and Belair II - Indian Land Recreation Center, 8286 Charlotte Highway, Indian Land

  • Newspaper will continue to inform

    Barbara Rutledge's column, "Community journalism remains focus," in the Jan. 11 edition of The Lancaster News just about said it all about the heart and soul of our community newspaper.

    Having been fortunate to work with the news staff on a part-time basis for a few years, I want to add my few cents to the dialogue.

    The Lancaster News began informing the citizens of Lancaster nine years before the War Between the States or the Civil War, according to one's perspective.

  • Help Patrol make highways safer

    The statistics are in and the S.C. Highway Patrol is taking notice. In 2007, traffic fatalities were up in the county and across the state.

    County numbers had 17 people die in fatalities as opposed to 10 in 2006. Statewide, the figures showed that 1,071 drivers lost their lives in 2007, up 43 from the previous year. South Carolina ranks among the highest in the nation in terms of number of traffic deaths and serious accidents per number of vehicles on the road.

    Several factors led to the increase here.

  • Springs story bittersweet

    He was 53 and had worked there for 27 years.

    "What am I going to do?" he said.

    He said it as if he were thinking out loud more than asking a question.

    The Lancaster News and the S.C. Employment Security Commission were sponsoring a job fair. The irony is the day before the job fair, Springs Global announced its closing of the Grace Complex, where he worked.

  • Community wanting to help Saylors pay medical bills

    After a week under heavy sedation, the first thing Amy Saylors said was, "I've got to pay my bills."

    Saylors had been hospitalized with a case of pneumonia so severe that doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina did not have a name for it. They said she was lucky to be alive.

    It was New Year's day when Saylors became so sick she had to be transported by ambulance from Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster more than three hours south to Charleston to MUSC.