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Today's Opinions

  • Waxhaws Chapter, DAR kept focus on history in county

    I am sad that it has come to my attention that the Waxhaws Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, has experienced "automatic disbandment" from the National Society.

    Waxhaws Chapter was organized in 1941 with Mrs. E. Lee Skipper as organizing regent.

    Another regent, Mrs. Ben C. Hough Sr., was largely responsible for the establishment of Andrew Jackson State Park.

    Many of the historic markers in Lancaster County are the result of work by the members.

    Constitution Park at the corner of Main Street and Woodland Drive was dedicated by Waxhaws Chapter.

  • Researcher looking for cemetery information

    I have become aware that there are many cemeteries hidden throughout Lancaster County that are more or less unknown.

    Small cemeteries such as the Baskins Cemetery in Rich Hill and others can provide a wealth of information to researchers with an interest in the folks buried in a family plot or a private cemetery.

    I suspect there are many such cemeteries. You may have stumbled across one in an obscure area or deep in the woods.

  • Keep rescue squad donations here

    Well, it's happened again. Despite Indian Land residents now having a different ZIP code than our counterparts across the creek, Fort Mill's Rescue Squad is still hitting us up for donations.

    And it's no wonder Lanny Bernard, director of Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services, is seeing red over the issue.

    Bernard has repeatedly asked Mark Garrick, captain of Fort Mill's Rescue Squad, to stop soliciting from Indian Land residents, whom Fort Mill's squad do not serve, except as a rarely used backup.

  • We are responsible for treatment of animals

    We are responsible for treatment of animals

    This is in response to Louis Jensan's letter, "Anti-cockfighters seek to take away rights," in the Feb. 17 edition of The Lancaster News. His letter once again makes our county and state look like the guffaw hillbillies that just won't die.

  • You can make a difference in the life of abused child

    February is Black History Month, a time for us to celebrate the contributions of African Americans throughout our history.

    Many pivotal African Americans have exemplified through their lives the power of advocacy and volunteerism, from Frederick Douglass to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Black History Month is a time to reflect on how we can help change the lives of others less fortunate by speaking out on their behalf.

    Everyone can be great because everyone can serve, King said.

  • Land trust benefits us all

    When you look at a map of the Heritage Tract, you see slivers of property cut out on both sides of the Catawba River in Lancaster and Chester counties and dipping into Fairfield County. The state of South Carolina bought the 1,540-acre tract last fall for $5.4 million.

    The Katawba Valley Land Trust bought 200 acres in the same vicinity from Crescent Resources earlier this year. The nonprofit land trust has received donated conservation easements from Crescent for 161 acres with water frontage on Fishing Creek in Chester County and Camp Creek in Lancaster County.

  • We must do more to educate African Americans

    Carter G. Woodson, a noted African American historian and educator, poignantly said, "When you control a man's thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. You do not to tell him not to stand here or go yonder. He will find his 'proper place' and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his special benefit. His education makes it necessary."

  • Powers-Norrell would be 'treasure to Senate'

    This letter in response to Dave Zoglmans letter "Powers-Norrell throws first dirt in Senate race," printed in the Feb. 20 edition of The Lancaster News. I am a Buford High School senior. Neither my teacher, classmates and I quite understand the article.

    As far as throwing the first dirt goes I think you just did. I challenge you to find one flaw with Mandy Powers-Norrell.

    She was one of the most intelligent who ever graduated from Lancaster High School and the USC School of Law. Our district should be honored that she is representing us.