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Opinion

  • Over the summer there has been plenty of talk about new developments, both residential and industrial. A big thanks of appreciation is due to city and county councils for their strong leadership efforts and progress.

    I am sure that both councils are on edge and very stressed because of the atrocious act of the courthouse burning. But our leaders must continue to lead on because there are other issues to be dealt with. One is the homeless situation. James Pringle has a plan that he wants to implement that will assist those who have fallen upon hard times.

  • The Russians didn’t just invade Georgia – they cruised on up the interstate and seemed to have settled in Lancaster.

    After the terrible courthouse fire and troubling solicitor’s office blaze we read in The Lancaster News about SLED agents sniffing around trying to get people to inform on their neighbors and Steve Willis trying to get $12,000 so his mother might think about turning him in for the crime.

    But the important question that seems to have been brush-broomed away is the original issue of a new courthouse.

  • I agree with Dave Zolgman’s column “New courthouse doesn’t need to be $33M palace.” Why not renovate the old Winn Dixie? Is the old Badcock Furniture Store vacant? These are two possibilities. We don’t need a pretty building for our court system to function. How many rooms and what sizes do they need to be? Considering the high cost of gas, the increased cost of food/goods as a result of the high gas prices, the loss of jobs, and those living on a fixed income, we don’t need to spend a penny more than is necessary to run the court system.

  • The idea that the police are responsible for the fatal crash that killed John Haver points to a much deeper problem. Marqevius Deandre Hood had many chances to stop running from the police before he ever got to the bridge at the bypass. He had plenty of time to think and decide his course of action. He made a conscious decision to disregard the law.

  • This is in regard to an article, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" on page 1B in the Aug. 22 edition of The Lancaster News.

    The National Geographic Scientists got it wrong again. Reptiles do not lay bird eggs, they never have and never will.

    However, reptiles may eat bird eggs and the birds too, but they cannot lay bird eggs.

    The National Geographic scientists have no credible evidence of reptile to bird evolution.

  • Finally, she had a reason to get off the sofa. Depression, fears, anxiety and the stress of life were too much for her. But with the help from folks at the Learning Institute for Tomorrow, Nina Hordych is off the sofa.

    Hordych credits LIFT for helping her see there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    She shared her thoughts in a testimonial on LIFT’s Web site, learninginstitutefortomorrow.org. Others gave similar testimonials.

  • On Aug 20, one of the kindest men I ever knew was killed. John Haver was 68 years old and had decided to ride his motorcycle to get some ice cream.

    He was lawfully riding on S.C. 903 when he was hit from behind by a man who did not have a driver's license and was speeding.

    When this criminal hit John from behind, the motorcycle was dragged about 100 yards. Then, the criminal abandoned his car to run and hide from the police.

    When I first learned about this, I was saddened that such a good and gentle man was killed so recklessly and criminally.

  • I betcha just about everybody agrees that we need to renovate the Lancaster County Courthouse and build a new one sufficient to meet our needs for today and into the future.

    Now, it seems that more issues are coming up. Judge Brooks Goldsmith had to make us start protecting our county buildings. Yes, they are county buildings, but those mentioned are located within the city limits of Lancaster.

    The burden of protection should be shared by city and county law enforcement agencies.

  • I grew up as a hunter and especially a dove hunter in Lancaster as a result of my father’s enthusiasm for the sport. He and I spent many years together on hot opening days of dove seasons sitting in a field listening to Clemson football and waiting for the birds.

  • Schools in Lancaster County are closed Monday. And it is a holiday for most of us in the work force. The attachment we have to Labor Day is the extra day off. It also signifies the end of summer.

  • It’s no secret that times are hard in our community. Unemployment has been in double digits for a long time and Lancaster County is now ranked ninth in the state in unemployment.

  • I am disgusted with the Lancaster County School District after seeing the school district calendar in The Lancaster News.

    Once again the school leaders have chosen to show their disrespect and disdain for the millions of Americans who served and sacrificed in the armed forces.

    The district has chosen not to close the schools in observance of Veterans Day and Memorial Day. However, they have no school on seven different dates for teacher work days and professional development days.

  • For the past nine years, since my return from Maryland to my roots in Lancaster, I have been passionate about the educational needs of all children in Lancaster County. Especially the needs of at-risk youth, who based on school performance data, are not being met.

  • The fire at our courthouse pressed me to write this in fear that some on council will use this disaster to push a fool’s plan forward.

    Some of our Lancaster County Council members believe they have found a way to pay for a new courthouse. I believe they need to wake up.

    Spending $33 million for a courthouse is fiscally irresponsible. I believe the county could buy an unoccupied building and renovate it for a lot less money.

    The new high school in Indian Land cost far less than they are planning to spend on this project.

  • The Lancaster News wrote on April 15, 2007, that “this promises to be an extraordinary day in the history of Lancaster County sports.”

    The newspaper was referring to the beginning of something that hundreds of local kids have been waiting on.

    They have been waiting on their chance to play ball, their chance to do what every child wants to do but was unable to until now.

    I am speaking of the Lancaster Dream Team.

    The Lancaster Dream Team is the first-ever free sports program for children with mental and/or physical disabilities.

  • The issue has changed. Before the Aug. 4 arson that destroyed the top floor of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, county leaders were pushing for a November referendum in which residents would vote on a 1-cent local sales tax that would pay for the construction of a new courthouse facility.

    The new facility would be bigger and better, consolidating the county’s criminal and family court offices into one building, alleviating security issues and allowing the criminal justice system to work more efficiently in the county.

  • I was fortunate enough to be watching the Olympics when Shawn Crawford was running in the final 200-meter race and was disappointed when he didn’t place for a medal.

    Then low and behold, he was moved to second place after his fellow American runner and a Netherlands runner were disqualified for stepping out of their lanes.

    The Charlotte Observer quoted Crawford as saying he didn’t deserve the silver medal and that he didn’t cross the line in second place. He said the medal was given to him, not earned.

  • Lancaster County needs to give a big thank you to Robin Hargett.

    She is the lady who called 911 and reported the burning of our courthouse as she was going to work early that Monday morning.

    Without her quick thinking it could have been much worse.

    I keep reading where a passerby spotted the fire and reported it, I have not heard nor read where her name was mentioned.

    She is a lovely lady with multiple talents. She works for Leigh Ann's Restaurant and was going work to cover the 5:30 a.m. shift.

  • An ageless saying, often repeated in sports, is “you make your breaks.”

    Then, there’s a line that suggests luck is when “preparation meets opportunity.”

    Those words seem appropriate for Van Wyck’s Shawn Crawford in the 200-meter dash final at the Beijing Olympics.

    The race – a Bolt and jolt – saw world-class sprinter Usain Bolt blaze to a world-record win – 19.30.

  • How sad it is to ride past our courthouse and see the charred remains of the roof and know there must be additional damage within. It is another example of how sick some people have become to try and destroy something that means so much to so many.