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Today's Opinions

  • I am 'passionate advocate for right to vote'

    An article appeared in the Charlotte Observer on Jan. 12, which attributed certain statements to me as quotes. I would like to explain what was actually said, as opposed to what appeared in the paper.

  • Messer family appreciates support

    The family of Cpl. Charles "Charlie" E. Messer would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to everyone for all their thoughts, actions and prayers during this most difficult time for our family.

  • Shine on with Palmetto, Gold awards

    Five Lancaster County Schools recently produced shining moments. Three schools - Buford and Indian Land high schools along with Clinton Elementary - received the prestigious Palmetto Gold Award.

    The Discovery School and Erwin Elementary earned the Palmetto Silver Award.

    The prestigious awards are presented for academic excellence, the major purpose in education.

    The S.C. Education Oversight Committee developed the award criteria based on absolute and improvement ratings given to each school on the state's 2007 report cards.

  • Faile will 'get things done' as sheriff

    I'm writing to let the citizens of Lancaster County know that my wife and I know Wilford Faile and his son, Barry Faile. Both men are fine people.

    Barry Faile is an upstanding citizen and member of this community with the knowledge to run our Sheriff's Office.

    He knows the job like the back of his hand and will work hard to the best of his ability.

    He has worked in many divisions while employed with the Sheriff's Office and understands they all have to work as a team to protect the safety and well-being of Lancaster County citizens.

  • Witherspoon’s leaving, but not for good

    Veteran police officer Tim Witherspoon is leaving the Lancaster Police Department, but not some of the duties he’s performed in 25 years of an outstanding career in law enforcement.

    Witherspoon, 45, retired from the Lancaster Police Department earlier this month, but he’s likely to be spotted in his police uniform. Chances are you will find him working at Lancaster High School.

    He is now a resource officer at LHS, the county’s largest high school.

    Having Witherspoon around, no matter what duties he performs, can only be viewed as a plus.

  • Ending parole makes system accountable

    We should abolish parole for all crimes. This will save lives, save money and add certainty and accountability to our system. We should allow the prison director to award up to 15 percent off as an incentive for good behavior and to provide hope. But everyone must serve at least 85 percent. No more parole hearings, no loopholes, no exceptions.

  • 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: