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Today's Opinions

  • Use common courtesy in parking lots, on highway

    Do you have pet peeves? I know I do. My two biggest pet peeves are based on the inconsideration of people who leave shopping carts in the middle of the parking lot and people who don't use turn signals.

  • 'One of the best, worst jobs'

    With counsel from my family, close confidants and top staff, I have decided not to seek re-election and will retire at the expiration of my current term in January, 2009.

    This was an extremely difficult decision for me because I love law enforcement, the good people of Lancaster County and most of all the men and women I have had the privilege and honor of working with throughout my 30-plus year career.

  • S.C. in primary spotlight

    It's our turn. Every four years since 1980, South Carolina has had its time in the national spotlight during the presidential primary season.

    For most of those 28 years, South Carolina's Republican presidential primary has enjoyed that glaring light. And it's become the barometer state for GOP candidates hoping to get to the White House.

  • Resolve to help abused child in 2008

    It’s the time of year that many of us make resolutions about changes we will make in the upcoming year.

    Some popular resolutions are losing weight, exercising more and paying off debt, just to name a few. These are all worthwhile, but maybe this year we could consider a goal that empowers us to help children in need – becoming a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for an abused or neglected child.

  • Community journalism remains focus

    Several years ago, I participated in a job fair for graduating journalists at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Representatives from media outlets across the nation – newspapers, broadcast, television and public relation firms – also were there.

    We were there interviewing and touting our businesses to the future graduates. I was there representing The Lancaster News and our parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers Inc. (LCNI.) As the day wore on, folks from the different businesses began to wander around the concourse talking to reps at their booths.

  • A lot of ‘good-hearted people’ in Lancaster

    I would to thank all the wonderful people who live in Lancaster County. We are always hearing about the bad things people do. Well, I want to tell about some good things people do.

    Again this year, the Lancaster County Council on Aging (COA) sponsored the “shoe boxes for seniors,” a project that was started about six years ago.

  • Home no more safe haven because of thieves

    My heart was truly warmed this Christmas season as I witnessed a tremendous outpouring of love in and around Lancaster County. Donations of food, toys, money and clothing were overwhelming and renewed my faith in humankind.

  • Help support Family Promise of Lancaster County

    Family Promise of Lancaster County started in September 2007. The essential backbone of any organized group is to have committees to collect needed information or recruit volunteer help.

    Family Promise is no different. The committees and their chairmen are: Host Recruitment Committee, the Rev. Dan Batson of First United Methodist Church, chairman: Fundraising Committee, Calvin Miller of Covenant Baptist Church, chairman: Public Relations, Mary Atkinson of St. Catherine Catholic Church, chairwoman and the Day Center with Chad Catledge of First Baptist Church as chairman.