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Today's Opinions

  • Schmidt column: United Nations is a farce

    I am sure that you saw from your news source the report from the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women released March 20.
    It was a nice 17-page document that will warm you up on a cold evening.
    Just remember, it is not what your news source tells you that is important, it most likely is what they do not tell you that is important.
    It is hard, if not impossible, to overstate the corruption and ineptitude of the United Nations.

  • Wilson column: State fighting back against food stamp fraud

    Every day, in every area of our state, hard-working South Carolina taxpayers are being robbed. They are not held up at gunpoint, and their homes are not burglarized. But they are the victims of theft just the same.
    Criminals are stealing federal funds and using that money for their personal benefit. They are committing fraud against the food stamp program. In fact, they pocket more than $2 million of your tax dollars every year in South Carolina alone.

  • Helms column: Buying a new vehicle means paying taxes

    Most people like having new vehicles. A new convertible would be especially nice for the springtime. Unfortunately, with new vehicles come taxes, and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.
    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax for the vehicle to the S.C Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • Carnes column: Here’s the lowdown on ‘excess funds’ in budget

    Recently, there have been a couple of columns in The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway regarding the county budgeting process.
    Mainly those concerns have dealt with funding for public safety (specifically for the sheriff, solicitor and public defender’s offices) and the appropriations and expenditures of excess funds from the 2013-14 budget. The implication was that these funds should be used for adding additional staff to these departments. I will be the first to state that these departments are a very important core function of government.

  • Cash letter: North Central coach thanks Buford High School staff, fans

    I am writing to express my sincerest appreciation of your staff and fans at Buford High School.
    On March 12, during the North Central and Buford JV baseball game, we had a player break his leg. While this was occurring, one of our fans had a stroke in the stands.

  • Evans letter: Isn’t anyone in Indian Land happy?

    Looking for a sunflower or maybe a four-leaf clover in Sun City Carolina Lakes? These are rare finds indeed.
    As a longtime opinion reader and sometime contributor, I am somewhat flabbergasted by the negative comments coming from many residents of our neighborhood to the north.

  • Ferrara letter: Aren’t there any littering laws here?

    I just can’t believe all the trash along the roads in Indian Land I saw this morning.
    I’ve only seen one sign by Aldi about adopting a highway and stopping littering. What good is that?
    The area along U.S. 521 has beautiful trees and shrubs and flowers and then you have tons of trash. This is not just along U.S. 521 either.
    Lancaster County should place signs with $500 penalties for littering and strictly enforce it.

  • Fletcher column: Woman seeks to help county’s homeless

    My name is Chaundra Fletcher. I am a member of North Corner AME Zion Church in Lancaster. I am very active in social activities that involve the homeless, hungry and children.
    I have worked in social services for the last eight years. During this time, I have learned much about the abuse and neglect of children, as well as victimization of women. I have also learned much about poverty.
    It seems that the laws continue to change without any regard to those who are less fortunate. I would dare to say that many people today would be considered working poor.