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Our View

  • Our View: Don’t let their little lives be lost in vain

    It’s been about a month since that tragic morning  when a mentally disturbed gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., and killed 20 children and six adults on Dec. 14, 2012.
    Our hearts were broken, our breath sucked away and we were left completely helpless when mental illness, weapons and evil combined at 9:30 a.m. that day to leave our nation shattered.

  • Our View: Congrats to ILMS and its principal

    Indian Land Middle School has been in the limelight a lot lately. The school stepped into the national spotlight early last month when its principal, David McDonald, was named the 2013 South Carolina Middle School Principal of the Year.
    A few weeks later, ILMS learned it had been redesignated as a National School to Watch, an honor given to high-performing middle schools.
    So the school has had a lot to celebrate lately and it begins 2013 glowing with deserved pride.

  • Our View: Ring in new year safely

    It’s hard to believe 2012 is nearly over. It’s been a busy year, much of it focused on local, state and national elections and the still-struggling economy. But the election is finally over and while the county’s unemployment rate is still in the double digits this year – 10.8 percent  in October, that is an improvement on the 12.6 posted at the same time last year.

  • Our View: Christmas spirit alive and well in Indian Land

    With the still uncertain economy and Lancaster County’s continuing double-digit unemployment rates, charitable donations could be expected to be down this holiday season. And although some have fallen, while the needs have increased, other efforts have picked up the slack, proving once again that the Christmas spirit is alive and well here.
    Here are just a few examples of that spirit:

  • Our View: Kudos to local schools for excellent marks on report cards

    Congratulations to Lancaster County School District and the record number of schools that were rated excellent in one or both categories of their state report cards, released this fall.
    The Lancaster County School District and seven of its schools earned excellent marks on both their absolute ratings and growth ratings. This is the first year the district as a whole has been rated excellent in both categories. The 2012 ratings are a significant improvement over the district’s 2011’s average absolute rating and below average growth rating.

  • Our View: Shoppers, Think Lancaster First during holidays

    With Christmas lights up and area holiday parades starting this weekend, it’s definitely starting to look and even feel, with the recent frost, like Christmas here in Lancaster County.
    With Black Thursday/Friday behind us and the holiday shopping season in full swing, we’d like to remind shoppers to Think Lancaster First.
    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce’s shop local initiative is also in full swing with discounts galore in its new Think Lancaster First coupon book.

  • Our View: Show your gratitude this Thanksgiving

    It’s hard to believe that tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, the traditional kickoff of America’s holiday season.
    Our national day of giving thanks dates back to 1621 in Massachusetts, when we believe the Pilgrims and Native Americans celebrated a successful harvest with food and festivities.

  • Our View: Take time to honor vets on Veterans Day

    There will be plenty of activities to honor Veterans Day in this area. And there should be.

    Veterans Day is when our nation, from Main Street, USA, to Washington, D.C., and across our county, salutes its military veterans.

  • Our View: Go vote on Election Day

    On Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 6 – registered voters will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges our democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent us in our government.

    Panhandle voters will help choose our next president, U.S. House representative and county sheriff. The other races on local ballots are all unopposed.

    Panhandle voters will choose between these hopefuls:

  • Our View: Voting not only a right; it’s a citizen’s duty

    In a few weeks, voters have to make some important choices. Who will lead our nation? Who will represent us in Congress? Who will be our new state legislator?
    Panhandle voters will also choose a sheriff, two County Council members and a number of other county offices.