• Cops deal with issues we avoid

    Retiree Day at the Lancaster Police Department was Aug. 7. Nine of us gathered at the pistol range to eat biscuits, drink coffee, tell war stories and qualify to carry a concealed weapon.

    The Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2004, requires local departments to provide a qualified law enforcement retiree with a valid concealed carry ID and to qualify them with their handgun once a year at the officer’s expense.

    The Feds don’t require the biscuits, the coffee or the war stories.

  • Congress should not deny deal with Iran

    It is time for all Americans to become familiar with the details and the consequences with the deal with Iran if Congress overturns it.

    We must first be aware this deal is not exclusively between the United States and lran. Russia, China, France,

    Germany and the UK are partners in this agreement. To deny this deal would be an embarrassment to the United States.

    Additionally, Russia and China, with possibly another European country, are ready to drop their sanctions and start trading with Iran.

  • Forests, timberlands need fair tax policies

    It’s easy to take South Carolina’s forests for granted. They cover two-thirds of the total area of the state, and the forest industry is an economic engine that brings $17.4 billion to South Carolina each year.

    The benefits of our working forests stretch well beyond rural jobs and the economy. They contribute to our quality of life through clean air and water, wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities.

  • USCL ready for new year

    According to the tenets of our general education goals, the University of South Carolina Lancaster “seeks to make education accessible, affordable and convenient; encourages teaching innovation and adaptation; encourages participatory student learning; provides a supportive educational climate that actively and positively addresses intellectual and cultural diversity; and responds affirmatively to the needs of its students.”

  • Both Tarzan yells, probation at the farm

    Even though Fat Boy and Slick Willie had taken a hard tumble at the Tarzan vines, they were determined to get a ride on the vines and get their hands on me, as well.

    Willie was unable to shake off his groin injury, but agreed to hang in there to save face. I gave the duo of “Dumb and Dumber” instructions to go upstream 200 yards to a crossing that would lead them on a trail along a ridge to the vine location.

  • Council’s actions are costing the county

    Mechthild (Maggie) Bowers

  • County reframing economic development

    Nearly 30 years ago, county leaders gathered to create an entity to assist county government in its mission of developing the economic climate of Lancaster County.

    This organization became the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and exists as a SOl-c4 nonprofit agency. The structure has undergone modification over the years, migrating from private control to county governance and back to private control.

  • Shooting suspect should face jury

    I read the recent article about the individual who was shot during a recent armed robbery attempt at M&R Mini Mart.

    I know the victim, and I consider him a friend. The suspect who shot my friend will eventually have to face justice.

    I had a career of almost 30 years in law enforcement, and I’ve seen many terrible things. The suspect will probably say he isn’t to blame, because of the system.

    I recently spoke with the wife of the shooting victim. He is in a battle for his life, and the life he knew is gone.

  • Council’s workshop left out some key items

    Each August, Lancaster County Council takes a luxurious three- or four-day working vacation on Hilton Head Island for the S.C. Association of Counties meeting. Often, they have a meeting during this vacation and so it was be this year, although it is a work session, not a regular meeting.

    Council planned to review its current list of projects, a 93-page agenda available online on the county website, under council agendas. It is interesting to review some of the things that made the list, and some that did not.

    Some projects from council’s list:

  • SchoolTools drive collects supplies in county

    As the summer of 2015 draws to a close, many families are trying to find that moment to take the last family trip to the beach or to their favorite vacation spot before kids return to school.

    For Lancaster County residents, school is set to start on Aug. 17, so time is running out for family vacations, but most importantly, getting ready to return to school.

    Every year, many Lancaster County students come to school unprepared, lacking vital tools and resources needed to do the classwork assigned to them. This is where you and I can make a difference.