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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: Congrats to the class of 2015

    For Lancaster County’s 762 graduating seniors, today, May 29, is the day.
    Graduates from all four county high schools – Andrew Jackson, Buford, Indian Land and Lancaster, as well as Carolina Christian Academy – will cross stages to receive their diplomas today.
    After their respective ceremonies, they’ll toss their mortar boards high into the air as they celebrate their graduation with the friends, family, teachers and administrators who helped them along the way.  

  • Noble column: Fix higher education so grads can dream big

    Back many years ago when I graduated from high school, my father made me a promise that changed my life and we should make the same promise to all of our children in South Carolina.
    As a callow youth with my brand-spanking-new diploma in hand, I was simply excited about graduating and looking forward to celebrating with my friends. But before things got too far out of hand, my father pulled me aside, looked me straight in the eye and made me a serious and solemn promise.

  • Griffin letter: Open letter to U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney

    Mr. Mulvaney, why can Indian Land not have its own post office?
    I know about the contract post office at S.C. 160 and U.S. 521, but it is a gas station and the sign on the post office counter states, “We are a gas station first and a post office second, so be patient with the attendant.”
    Indian Land now has more than 21,500 residents and the fastest-growing region in the state. I think we have waited long enough, earned and deserve a real post office.

  • Wilt column: Revised budget better, but it still has problems

    The fiscal year 2015-16 Lancaster County budget version 6 (second reading) has been finalized with a 1.8 mill tax increase, using $1.3 million from the fund balance to cover what would ordinarily be a 4.6 mill additional tax increase. This allows council to claim that taxes have not been raised the maximum amount (2.8 mills), while actually spending 6.4 mills worth of tax money (228 percent of the maximum tax increase). More to the point, it camouflages County Council’s serious difficulty in living within its means.

  • Bilodeau letter: County Council deserves praise

    It was reported in last week’s newspaper that Lancaster County Council is considering early redemption of the special source revenue bonds used to finance public improvements at Bailes Ridge, a 300-acre business park in Indian Land.  

  • Evans letter: Please maintain U.S. 521 better

    One thing for sure, readers know I ain’t one to complain ‘bout stuff. That said, let me tell you about the south end of the Gateway to South Carolina.
    Most of you know, we ain’t got no interstate highway barreling in from North Carolina, so we just gotta make do with what we got and what we got is U.S. 521. A real four-lane marvel. Why, I lost a big piece of my front yard so that other lane could be made. That sorta makes me feel a small sense of pride, but  I’m too old to maintain it.

  • Schmidt column: Real threat is the truth

    The real threat to America is not from some terrorists, it is from the truth. When truth is told,  people die.
    Liberals do not view Muslims as real people with real beliefs and culture. They are viewed as the loser victims in a game of power. These are the lies about Islam and Muslims the liberals accept.

  • Blackmon column: Help save young black men through prayer

    God, through his anointing and answering of prayers, has put a mandate in my heart.
    On May 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a Young Black Men Prayer Banquet (YBMPB) at Preston Blackmon’s Park, formerly Southside Park. We will pray for two hours.