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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Praise for Paul McKenzie’s many accomplishments

    There may be those in our community that will make the campaign for mayor about race – with three whites and three African Americans currently vying for the position. Although I am African American and have long supported the need for equity, inclusion and diversity within business, government and education, I will be voting for Paul McKenzie as mayor.
    In the past 19 years, Paul has demonstrated compassion, fairness, respect and ability to work with all people.

  • Column: Van Wyck does not want to be swallowed up by Indian Land

    Welcome to Van Wyck! What an emotionally packed meeting Jan. 12 at the community center to hear from the Indian Land representatives who want to incorporate and include the Van Wyck community. There were a lot of opinions expressed, but I believe the main take away is this:
    Van Wyck residents do not want to be included in the IL incorporation.  

  • Gus Deligiannidis: Small Business of the Year

    Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Steve Sherrill honoring Gus Deligiannidis, owner of Gus’s Family Restaurant and Gus’s Family Pizza, as the Lancaster chamber’s Small Business of the Year. Coming Sunday: Jackie Brown.

  • Letter: Sensible gun regulations would close loopholes in gun laws

    This is a response to Dr. L. Brooks Walker’s Jan. 17 column about the president issuing executive orders to strengthen gun regulation to help weed out potential mentally ill buyers of firearms by expanding background checks and for unlicensed people selling guns at gun shows, without the buyer going thru a background check. These executive orders are sensible improvements to close loopholes in current gun laws.
    Obviously, the National Rifle Association and Dr. Walker don’t agree. They immediately proclaim the move a “gun grab.”

  • Letter: McKenzie has served this community well, and I support him

    When I read The Lancaster News story listing the final slate of candidates for mayor, I had to smile. Anyone who has been paying attention will know that Paul McKenzie has been running for mayor for the past 19 years. He just now made it official!
    I have watched him serve on practically every nonprofit board in Lancaster, helping to shape a vision for the future, volunteering to design projects and secure funding.

  • Don Gardner: Business Person of the Year

    Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Nutramax Laboratories founder Bob Henderson honoring Don Gardner, retired senior vice president at First Citizens Bank, as the Lancaster chamber’s Business Person of the Year. Coming Friday: Gus Deligiannidis.

  • Letter: Incorporation need not include Van Wyck or $8M budget

    The Voters for the Town of Indian Land gave a very impressive PowerPoint presentation on incorporating Indian Land to Indian Land Action Council on Jan. 21.
    The $8 million budget is somewhat grand. Property tax is not something residents wanted to hear.
    The biggest problem was the incorporation boundaries, which include Van Wyck and extend south to S.C. 5. This seems to be a political move that the residents in that area do not want. I have to agree; there is no reason, except political greed, to include the area south of Indian Land Fire District.

  • Column: Leave Van Wyck alone

    Indian Land and Van Wyck have been bombarded recently with proposals to incorporate the entire northern half of the Panhandle into one big town. Van Wyck residents clearly showed at a Jan. 12 town meeting that they believe this proposal is wrong for Van Wyck and that it is wrong for the Voters for the Town of Indian Land to forcibly incorporate Van Wyck into Indian Land against its will.