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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Column: Book shows role of press in S.C. civil rights struggle

    If 2017 is bookmarked in history, it will be as the year of reassessment.
    During the year we’ve been urged to reassess the meaning of sexual harassment. We’ve been urged to reassess what is “normal” conduct for a president of the United States. And, sometimes with violence, we’ve been confronted with a reassessment of those who are honored by statues and monuments in public places.

  • Letter: Recycled news rack helps feed homeless

    I would like to thank The Lancaster News again for the newspaper boxes that were donated to Faith, Hope & Victory Christian Church a couple of years ago and to show you what we’ve done with them.
    With the help of Mr. Russell Freeman, the local business owner of Auto Exteriors, the boxes were refurbished and painted. Two were donated to other local organizations (HOPE of Lancaster and Greater New Hope Soup Kitchen), and our church used one to complete The Can Stand project.

  • Essay: Keep progressing, even with small steps

    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness. Only light can do that,” said Martin Luther King Jr. “I have decided to stick to love. Hate is too great of a burden to bear.”
    For many years, our nation has lacked peace and unity. From war to segregation to this present time, Dr. King’s dream sometimes seems to become a nightmare.
    As we stand collectively in the midst of controversy and challenge, it often seems the dream of unity and peace has been forgotten.