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Columns

  • Column: Don’t be fooled by VTIL’s rhetoric

    Don’t let VTIL fool you into incorporating, Indian Land.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land is trying to pit you and everyone else in Indian Land against the county of Lancaster to get you to vote for incorporation. They’re using terms like Indian Land is the cash cow for Lancaster, and saying Indian Land gets nothing from Lancaster.
    It should be common sense that an area that probably is more densely populated with probably higher home values than any other in the county, will pay more in taxes. That does not make the other areas less deserving.

  • Commentary: Graham talks tariffs, guns, Mideast policy

    Editor’s note: In one of the most tumultuous Washington weeks in recent memory, President Trump bucked many in his own party on gun control, saw the departure of one of his closest aides and announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum that roiled global markets. Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Here are excerpts of his interview with host Margaret Brennan.

  • Column: We must heed warning signs to stop our repeated atrocities

    I am not joining the gun-control debate. There are enough well-informed, reasonable people and ill-informed, unreasonable people participating in that.
    In addition to guns, there are other variables to consider in the horrendous, long-lasting tragedy that recently overtook unprepared students and staff at the Florida high school. I believe this dreadful happening could have been averted if proper procedures had taken place.

  • Column: Ignore the NRA and protect kids

    I am writing concerning the mass shootings. Just one shooting of our children is too much.
    Assault weapons and guns period in our children’s hands are mind-boggling to me.
    Prayer taken out of school, now guns brought in by kids. Yes, there is a problem somewhere.
    Hunters don’t need assault weapons, so why are our young adults able to get them legally.

  • Column: It’s past time to deal with mass murder in America

    Since 9/11 the greatest threat to the safety of our children and loved ones has not been Muslims or “Mexican rapists,” but Americans armed with high-capacity military-grade guns using them for the purpose for which they were devised: to maim and kill lots of people as efficiently as possible.

  • Column: After much study, we’ll vote yes on IL town

    We recently moved to Sun City Carolina Lakes. We were surprised to learn that the “Indian Land” we heard about so often was not a town, but a name used to describe the area of Lancaster County where our home was located.
    We were surprised that such a large developed area was not a town – like Fort Mill, Rock Hill or even Waxhaw. Instead, it is governed by the Lancaster County government.

  • Column: Litter-free streets should be goal in this wonderful city

    I grew up in Lancaster and frequently visit my mother, who lives in the Red Rose City.
    I am so sad to see that litter has taken over the roads of this wonderful city.
    Not just a little bit of litter, but huge amounts of it. This problem seems to have increased over the last few years.
    I see all kinds of fast-food trash, soft-drink cans, water bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles. As soon as we pick up the areas around my mother’s home, the litter reappears in this seemingly never-ending cycle!

  • Column: Don’t forget human nature as you decide on town of IL

    There are some laws I have not heard discussed regarding the proposed Indian Land incorporation. They are laws of human nature.
    The first is the Law of Unintended Consequences. This law says that no matter how much thinking and planning you do, any activity has unintended consequences. And the more complex the activity, the more unintended consequences will occur.

  • Column: Need changes in Conservation Bank, tax credits for kids with special needs

    Beginning in late January, the 2018 legislative session kicked into high gear.
    As we approach budget week in early March and bills are coming out of committees at a high rate, we are beginning to move at full speed. For example, in just one week, the Education Committee, on which I serve, sent 13 bills to the House to consider.

  • Column: Calm down! We are not on the brink of civil war

    I just read Rudy Schmidt’s Feb. 9 column in The Lancaster News headlined “U.S. in political civil war as Dems won’t accept election.”
    I am concerned about his view of our nation. He refers to civil war eight times.
    He states there are no shootings yet except in Democratic controlled cities like Chicago and Baltimore. The only other shooting that he mentioned is that of a Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrat shooting the Republicans practicing softball.