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Columns

  • Please repave Collins Road

    For some of us, the new year begins by identifying resolutions and goals. As a resident of Collins Road, I am determined to see progress made on improving the infrastructure closest to home in the Panhandle.

    Longtime neighbors and I remember simpler times when a landmark we gave to friends for directions might be “turn left at Indian Land Elementary School.” Last month it was “turn left at Indian Land Daycare.” Then it quickly became “turn left at Dunkin’ Donuts and Publix.”

  • Investment Commission needs reform

    It has been revealed that the S.C. Retirement System Investment Commission has been failing to serve the interests of the retirees of South Carolina.

    This pension board pays the highest percentage of fees in the country, which ultimately could cost both retirees and taxpayers.

    Last year alone, South Carolina spent $420 million in fees, which is three times the national average. These fees, say the commissioners, are to have higher quality investments that will help the state.

  • January is Stalking Awareness Month

    Have you ever dated someone who would show up places uninvited or said things to make you think they were watching you?

    January is Stalking Awareness Month and most people do not understand everything that stalking can include.

    The definition of stalking, according to the Stalking Resource Center, is the repeated harassment or following of another person with the intention of causing them to fear for their life or safety. It frequently occurs when a battering relationship comes to an end.

  • The GOP’s bad red behavior

    I would like to respond to Lt. Gov. Glenn McConnell’s article, “Glimmer of Hope,” in the Dec. 27, 2013, edition and S.C. Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore’s article, “Red to the Roots,” in the Dec. 29, 2013, edition of The Lancaster News.

    Moore said, “It was only within the last two decades that Republicans gained majorities in the S.C. General Assembly and among our state’s nine constitutional officers.”

  • It's time to kill cluster development proposal

    The Mattamy Homes cluster development proposal before Lancaster County Council on Jan. 13 consists of very large houses on very small lots very close together with very narrow roads. These parameters have been specified by Mattamy Homes to permit cramming 933 houses onto the Treetops site on Van Wyck Road.

  • Remember promises of our God

    As we enter 2014, let us remember the promises of God in the Bible.  The Lord Jesus Christ promised that “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37).

    If a person comes by faith to Christ for salvation, he will never be rejected.  “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

  • Leadership goals for 2014

    With a New Year comes an opportunity for a new beginning. For many people, it’s a time to reflect on ways we can better ourselves. We make resolutions to get in shape, take up a new hobby, break a bad habit or accomplish some other goal.

    For those in positions of elected leadership, the New Year offers an opportunity to reflect on how we can better serve the public.

     Here are four good New Year’s resolutions for those in public office – from our local town, county and school board representatives, to our state and federal officials.

  • Inconsistencies abound in Obamacare promises

    In a debate on Obamacare, the law was called a failure due to high premiums, deductibles, failed promises and plans loaded with unnecessary provisions, such as maternity care for nuns and senior adults.

    Other problems include the fact that it is a forced government program with hidden taxes and costs and it appears the only people who can afford coverage are those being subsidized.

  • Watch those tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and looking forward to a busy 2014, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon.

    All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 15 – and the late penalties can be costly – so please don’t be late.

    Those homeowners whose tax payments are postmarked after Jan. 15 will have a 3 percent penalty assessed.

  • Boy, 9, knows meaning of Christmas

    By the time you read this Christmas will have come and gone, yet this is a story that still needs telling. A young man at the tender age of 9 has the ability to know his own mind, to think of others and to share what he has with those less fortunate than he, be they people or animals.

    We received a Facebook message recently from Paula Livingston Nguyen, who said she had some pet food and blankets for us and could one of us please meet her in Indian Land to pick it up.