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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • Oglesby letter: VW post office vital part of community

    The Van Wyck post office was the subject of a community meeting July 9.
    The meeting was scheduled to be held at the post office, but was moved to the community center, due to threatening weather and the large crowd trying to fit into our tiny “village post office.”
    It seems that small towns across America are losing the heart of their community as the U.S. Postal Service downsizes, closing or drastically reducing counter service hours.

  • Noble column: S.C. motto: ‘While I breathe I hope’ – really?

    South Carolina’s motto, “While I breathe I hope,” is surely the most optimistic statement anyone can make. Despite all, if we can draw a breath, we are hopeful and optimistic.

  • Miller column: There’s no room for renegades

    Why does the world continue to cater to the ultimate spoiled child?
    When a child with homicidal tendencies acts out, he or she is usually put away somewhere safe, for the good of everyone.
    What happens when this spoiled child is the renegade, insane leader of a nuclear power? What happens when this monster kills his own, openly and without remorse, just to show the world he can?
    Is there any question who I am referring to?

  • Republicans dominate at ballot box

    Lancaster County Republicans have much to be proud of in the recent Republican primary elections.

    The strong turnout in the June 10 election provided more proof of the county’s growing embrace of the Republican Party, as roughly four times as many voters chose to vote in the Republican primary (4,472-952) than the Democratic primary. It is a telling sign that in a stronghold of Democrats like Jim Hodges and the late Tom Mangum when a Republican Party primary has a four-to-one advantage over the Democratic primary.