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Today's Opinions

  • Column: 24 hours of making a difference

    As part of our dedication to making a positive difference in our community, we at the J. Marion Sims Foundation, Lancaster County Community Foundation, and Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation encourage you to support the network of local nonprofit organizations who work hard every day for the betterment of our citizens.
    This can be accomplished by logging in to www.GiveLocalLancaster.org on Tuesday, May 1, at your convenience from midnight to 11:59 p.m., selecting the nonprofit(s) close to your heart, and donating!

  • Column: SCANA puts shareholders’ interests ahead of ratepayers’

    A few weeks back, I asked a stock analyst how it made sense that SCANA had issued $87.5 million in quarterly dividends on the same day it reported a quarterly loss of $445 million, as a result of its decision to abandon construction of two nuclear reactors.
    Oh, that $445 million was a one-time cost, he explained, and SCANA is still a very healthy company, so there would be no justification for reducing or refusing to pay dividends. He was very patient, but he simply could not understand why I could not understand his point.

  • Letter: Promise Neighborhood needs Give Local help next Tuesday

    As a Lancaster Promise Neighborhood supporter, I want to make sure you know that Give Local Lancaster is next Tuesday!
    Please help support our efforts to empower, strengthen, engage and educate families within the Clinton Elementary attendance zone, with the goal of restoring community pride and ensuring educational success for every child from birth to college. Specifically, funds raised during Give Local Lancaster are designated for the community workdays.
    How Do You Donate?

  • Letter: Post 31, local businesses rolled out the red carpet for Legacy Ride

    Lancaster should be proud of American Legion Post 31 and for all the patriots in your community who support their veterans.
    On April 21, 90-plus motorcycles and over 130 veterans and family members stopped at Post 31 for lunch. Post 31 had rolled out the red carpet and had worked with local restaurants that donated food to feed our group – the American Legion Riders of South Carolina.

  • Column: How about controlling ammunition?

    The Second Amendment and gun control. These two topics make big headlines every time there is a mass shooting.
    Murder, rape, abuse and robbery involving guns and other weapons are the staple of our daily local news broadcasts. After the massacre in a Florida school, I could no longer resist expressing my feelings.
    I know what it feels like to lose a loved one. I lost my wife to cancer. The loss of a child must be even more devastating.

  • Column: So much good has come from AJMS setback

    Our students and staff walked into a shiny, refurbished Andrew Jackson Middle School on Tuesday – a school thoroughly scrubbed, with new paint, new ceiling tiles and a like-new cafeteria.
    They even used a new entrance from U.S. 521 and a car-stacking loop – safer for parents and students as they wait to unload because now there’s enough room to get off 521 as they wait.

  • Letter: Think about helping Cultural Arts Center

    Many of you have been generous in the past in supporting the work of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation.
    Your donations – and your attendance and sponsorship of events – are financing restoration and improvements at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center (formerly the Olde Presbyterian Church) and security improvements at the adjacent cemetery, which has been vandalized twice in the past 20 months.

  • Column: Lancaster ‘conversation’ event will focus on civility, listening

    Community transformation starts when we are all communicating with one another and have a shared commitment to work together for the long haul. But in today’s society, where even our social media has become polarized, it can be harder to meet across the divides of ideology and partisanship.
    The National Week of Conversation, taking place all across the country from April 20-28, is a time for people from many different backgrounds and perspectives to come together and spend time in conversation with those who may have different views than themselves.