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Today's Opinions

  • Commentary: Trump sought to limit effect of shutdown, Mulvaney says

    Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and former congressman from Indian Land, was back on the Sunday talk shows this week with an insider’s view of the first government shutdown since 2013. Here are excerpts of his interview with John Dickerson on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

    John Dickerson: The president said this shutdown would be a present for him. His son Eric Trump said this is good for the administration. Why is it good for the administration?

  • Letter: Name school Van Wyck Elementary

    The new elementary school being built at the lower end of the Panhandle should be named for the community where it is located – Van Wyck.
    Harrisburg Elementary School is named for the community it is in. And Indian Land Elementary School was built on land that was once owned by the Catawba Indians. The land that the new school is being built on is in the Van Wyck community and might even be in the town of Van Wyck in a few years.

  • Letter: Red Ventures encroaching on community’s way of life

    Black Horse Run is a small equestrian community being surrounded by red – Red Ventures and its continuing development.
    They have built multi-story office buildings, then a multi-story eyesore of a parking garage, brightly lit at all hours. Now there’s a movie theater and retail shopping complex plopped in our backyards, dumping runoff drainage into our small creeks, land and drainage pipes.
    The construction noise was deafening. The earth shook until our walls cracked. They received all they wanted from the zoning board and Lancaster County Council.

  • Column: VTIL’s case all glittering generalities

    I’m a New Jersey native who retired and moved to Indian Land in 2014.
    After looking in York, Union and Mecklenburg counties, I finally decided on settling here in Indian Land. I found a thriving community with all the services my family needed, but less government and taxes than the other three counties offered.  

  • Column: Carnes: VTIL understating town’s property-tax burden

    As an elected official, I have tried to maintain neutrality in my comments about Indian Land incorporation. To incorporate or to not incorporate is an issue that needs to be decided by the voters within the proposed incorporation area.  
    However, I do feel that the information presented to the public needs to be accurate. In conversations with Voters for a Town of Indian Land (VTIL) members going back to 2015, I have pointed out that the budget needed to be realistic and information needs to be presented accurately.

  • Column: Culture, not salary, retains good teachers

    I read the S.C. Education Department’s “Committee on Educator Recruitment and Retention Recommendations” with great interest when it was released Dec. 31.
    The first school district to retain the services of my company, E Squared, to help them recruit teachers was in South Carolina, and I’ve worked with about 15 districts across the state, large and small, though never with Lancaster County.

  • Letter: We need peaceful North Korea solution

    North Korea and the United States are on the verge of World War III, and all this banter back and forth is not helping a bit.
    It is like two children saying, “My dad can beat your dad.”
    North Korea must be stopped. That country’s leader is a global menace. They are holding a lot of countries hostage. If we were to go to World War III, the bigwigs in Washington would have nothing to worry about. A lot of our brave men and women would die, and nuclear war would start a chain reaction. A lot of countries would lose a lot of men and women.

  • Column: Girls on the Run teams up with Sims Foundation in local schools

    Girls on the Run Tri County is working with the J. Marion Sims Foundation to expand its middle-school program, Heart and Sole, in Lancaster County Schools.
    Heart and Sole is Girls on the Run’s program that meets the unique needs of girls in sixth to eighth grade. The program addresses the whole girl – body, brain, heart, spirit and social – in a positive space where girls can learn about themselves, explore new ideas, develop empathy and strengthen connections with their peers and coaches.