Today's Opinions

  • City needs smarter trash pickup process

    Do we really need a tax increase? I’m just a retired truck driver and live off of University Drive. Maybe we need to review how we operate city equipment before we ask our city officials for a tax increase. This increase is to make up for city garbage having a $250,000 short fall.

    We have purchased a very expensive truck that only picks up receptacles on its right side. I have watched it operate for five or six weeks. It basically runs the route twice to accomplish what the old truck did in one pass of the street.

  • Vandals hit mailbox twice in a month

    I wonder if parents know where their children are during the summer months when they are out of school. My mailbox was hit twice in four weeks. Fingerprints have been taken both times. Too bad fingerprints aren’t taken when people apply for driver’s licenses.

    L. Cohen


  • Check out golden oldies radio station

    Being an antique collector of old radios, I found myself in search of a repairman three years ago. What was amazing is that I did and he just so happened to live right here in Indian Land.

    Not only is Dave De Betta a great repairman, but full of knowledge of interesting information about other antique tidbits of radios, record players and TVs.

    One of the things he exposed me to enjoy the sound coming out of my antique radios was a wonderful radio station here in our area. If you have never tuned in, I beg you to. It is WAVO 1150 AM.

  • Fond memories of ife on Midway

    Reading W.B. Evans’ columns causes me to reflect on my past years, especially the 1950s and 1960s.

    Drinks were in returnable bottles and they tasted a lot better than the ones of today.

    Bob Lambert ran a moving company at a store that was run by Curly Briscoe. Mama would send me to the store and I could buy a candy bar for 5 cents. Back then, you could get four pork chops for 75 cents. Curly and his wife were two of the nicest people I’ve ever met.

  • West column: Our County Council needs to do its job

    Lancaster County Council asked us for help in deciding whether to keep the extra 1 cent sales tax and, if so, how to spend it. Wonderful idea and we did just that. Then they chose to turn all this information over to the tax commissioners to sift through and make a recommendation. That was great. Things were moving along smoothly.

  • Rogers column: Court’s autopsy ruling trumps accountability

    For the second time in a month, the S.C. Supreme Court has ruled against openness and punted important issues back to the Legislature for change.
    On July 16, the court ruled that autopsy records are exempt from release under the Freedom of Information Act because they are medical records.
    Why does this matter to the public?
    It matters because the next time police shoot an innocent man, don’t expect the public to have access to the autopsy report giving the details of the death.

  • Carnes column: County budget: What’s in final version, what wasn’t

    In last month’s column, I talked about the county budget process. The budget was given final approval upon third reading of the budget ordinance June 23 by a unanimous vote of Lancaster County Council.
    This month’s column will highlight what was in the budget and discuss some of the items that were not in the budget.

  • Lage column: County needs vocational schools

    I’d like to discuss some issues that are causing new businesses not to want to locate here. Lancaster is having trouble producing enough skilled workers to fill needs of prospective businesses and companies. I’m talking welders, HVAC technicians, machine operators, etc.
    So, what are some answers that will address this problem?