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Today's Opinions

  • Seniors eligible for economic stimulus checks

    Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer answers questions about aging issues.

    Question: I have been hearing on the news lately about the economic stimulus check that the Internal Revenue Service is going to be sending out this year. I am confused. Will seniors get this rebate? First they said we did not qualify and now I am hearing that we do.

    What is the real answer, will I be getting this check or not? It is difficult making ends meet on a fixed budget and this money sure would make a difference to my wife and me.

  • Encourage lawmakers to oppose REAL ID

    I am deeply distressed that the entire S.C. House of Representatives adopted a resolution (H. 4822) requesting that Gov. Mark Sanford apply for an extension of the deadline to comply with the federal REAL ID Act because the S.C. General Assembly passed a bill, signed into law on June 13, 2007, saying that the state shall not participate in its implementation.

  • Great Falls Rescue Squad rodeo a success

    I am very pleased to report that our first IPRA sanctioned professional rodeo on March 14 and 15 was a success.

    The crowd on Saturday was much smaller than anticipated due to inclement weather, but the crowd on Friday night demonstrated that this rodeo will not be our last.

    If you enjoyed the show, please let us know. We would like to have as much feedback as possible. If you would like to be a sponsor for our next rodeo, please call us at (803) 482-4315 or visit our Web site www.greatfallsrescue.com

  • Adopt a Leader deserves award

    Folks across the Palmetto State are learning what many here have known for years. The Adopt A Leader program is working well, shaping young lives and building future leaders.

    The program, led by organizer Bobby Bailey, was recently honored by the S.C. School Board Association with the Champions for Public Education Award.

    When something is working well and having a positive impact on youngsters, as this program does, it's hard to keep it secret. The S.C. School Board Association made the presentation during a recent Lancaster County school board meeting.

  • Family grateful for community support

    Larry Sims and family would like to thank everyone who participated and attended the chicken bog in honor of him on March 1 at Liberty Freewill Baptist Church.

    Thanks to everyone who gave up their time, money and prayers. We would like to extend a special thank you to Sherwood Baptist Church, Larry Smalls, Mike Johnson and Donald Boone.

    God bless.

    Larry Sims and family

    Lancaster

     

  • Be safe on this Easter holiday

    Easter arrives today. For Christians, it's regarded as the holiest day of the year. The holiday is held to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who arose from the dead following His death on the cross as revealed by the scriptures.

    Easter, or Resurrection Day, as many Christians refer to the holiday, is a time to celebrate.

    Unlike Christmas, which is celebrated on Dec. 25 each year by Christians shortly after the arrival of winter, Easter can fall any place on the calendar between March 22 and April 25.

  • Faile earned sheriff's office promotions through hard work

    I would like to take this opportunity to personally endorse Barry Faile as sheriff of Lancaster County.

    This letter is different than most political endorsements, as I have nothing to lose or gain by writing it. I believe Barry is the right choice for Lancaster County sheriff.

    Barry has spent his entire law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff. He has worked in every capacity of the Sheriff's Office and was instrumental in organizing the Metro Drug Task Force.

  • Does racism exist in Lancaster County?

    I am a 62-year-old woman and a native of New Jersey. I worked 12 years as a ward/health coordinator at Bergen Pines Hospital in New Jersey. And I have worked in management positions for more than 30 years.

    I have worked with the public for many years and never encountered anything like I did after moving to Lancaster.

    At my place of employment a young, white man called me a racial slur. I felt degraded and overwhelmed when he made the remark.