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Letters

  • Letter: March 16 deadline for most county taxes

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2015 tax books, which takes place March 16. This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster County government, as it allows those who serve on county council, the school board and the town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they finish their 2016-17 budgets.

  • Letter: Van Wyck moves to incorporate

    After three years of work and serious threats to its existence, Van Wyck has decided to incorporate as the town of Van Wyck.
    The incorporation proposal was submitted to the Secretary of the State of South Carolina on Monday, March 7, by the Incorporate Van Wyck Committee after approval by a community meeting Saturday, March 5.
    To our surprise, the Secretary of State’s office indicated that there was a 15-day notice requirement that could not be waived. We were instructed to bring the incorporation proposal back for filing on March 22.

  • Letter: Calling Democrats: Let’s get organized

    Now is the time for S.C. Democrats to get organized for the 2016 elections. Precinct reorganization meetings will be held next Saturday, March 12, at 10 a.m.
    Every county’s precinct meetings are held on the same date and at the same time. Refer to your voter-registration card to find the name of your precinct, and bring the card with you to the meeting.
    The officers and delegates elected at these precinct meetings will attend the Lancaster County Democratic Convention, where a new slate of county party officers will be elected.

  • Change in Washington? That’s wishful thinking

    Many voters seek change in Washington politics. Isn’t that a pie in the sky wish?
    The voters feel an obligation to re-elect the same old members of Congress because it gives our representatives and senators the seniority they need to lead important committees. Right off the bat, we are laying the groundwork for gridlock.

  • Letter: Politicians: Here’s what we want

    The more I listen to our politicians, the more I believe they don’t know or care about what we want. 

  • Letter: Van Wyck unhappy about IL land grab

    “Park Place, South Carolina is an idyllic, sleepy little town inhabited by folks dripping with Southern charm and hospitality. Rocking on front porches and drinking sweet iced tea out of heirloom glasses is a way of life in this Southern town.”

  • Letter: Presidential primaries reveal rotten process

    Wednesday will be something else, as the media movers and shakers explain the Super Tuesday mess we will be trying to understand.
    Tuesday morning, as the polls opened, TV commentators and also-ran candidates were busy preparing Donald Trump for internment. Bias is alive and at an all time high. 
    Wouldn’t it be something to see how much campaign money flowed to the network mouthpieces to bring us sheep into the shearing stalls?

  • Letter: Parenting skills have nosedived

    Young people are brought up differently today, and I blame the parents.  
    We baby boomers grew up just fine, and we had rules in the home. You were punished, too, if you didn’t do what you were supposed to. You did your homework, not your parents doing it for you.
    You played outside with friends and came in when the streetlights came on. You always had something to do for fun. You had dinner together, even if both parents worked. Mom always cooked. How many women today cook? Always excuses. Our parents had many children and did it all.  

  • Letter: Thanks for bringing back tea time

    Thank you Beverly Duke for inviting us to your Tea Time Tradition, so well covered on the Faces and Places page Feb. 26.
    Thank you mommies, grannies and great-grannies who haven’t forgotten your dress-up times and now share that experience with your little ladies. Tea time was also an experience in etiquette which apparently is alive, although rarely seen in many gatherings today.

  • Letter: A bad week in S.C. for P.C. establishment

    After all the press hoopla about the “coveted endorsement” of Gov. Nikki Haley for Marco Rubio, the results are in.
    With the not-so-covert assistance of the Republican National Committee and the state GOP chairman, in addition to Sen. Tim Scott, Rep. Trey Gowdy and assorted other Republican muckety-mucks, plus the well wishes of her friends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, Nikki could muster barely 22 percent of the voters for her candidate to “stop Trump.”