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Today's Opinions

  • Column: On Indian Land incorporation, the county reaps what it sows

    Did you read the Dec. 10 article in The Lancaster News headlined “Devastating fallout for towns: If IL incorporates, Lancaster, Kershaw and Heath Springs will pay’’?
    People need to ask themselves: If Indian Land is so important to the county and the municipalities in the county, why has the county council not taken better care of Indian Land?
    Why has the county council snubbed our two Indian Land county councilmen by not appointing either of them to a chair position?

  • Column: Salvation Army truly thankful to every donor

    Monetary gifts of all sizes find their way into the familiar red buckets of The Salvation Army: bills, coins and just recently, a small gold coin.
    From perfectly manicured hands, to rough and ragged ones – all sorts of hands eagerly contribute their gifts to help the less fortunate. A most touching moment is watching the hand of a young child press his money into the bucket, then look up and smile.

  • Letter: SCCL HOA fees are not out of line

    I reside in Sun City and read with interest Merrel Wilkenfeld’s Dec. 8 letter “Sun City dweller is feeling gouged.”
    Anyone who purchased a home here should never have assumed the HOA fee would remain the same. I do not think that $42 in 11 years is out of line. Ours is one of the cheapest around, and we get a lot for our money.
    However, if you do not utilize the amenities, perhaps you did move to the wrong neighborhood.

  • Column: Get ready to pay, pay, pay if Indian Land incorporates

    I read with interest the guest column by Jerry Holt on Nov. 29, where he raises the question of parity of Sheriff Barry Faile’s actual charges to Heath Springs and Kershaw and proposed charges to Indian Land, if incorporated. There are several observations I wish to make.
    First, the proposed increase of $15,000 (from $23,500 to $38,500 for coverage not provided 24/7) suggests, at a minimum, that costs to the sheriff’s office are going up.

  • Commentary: Haley: Trump’s Jerusalem shift will advance Mideast peace

    Editor’s note: Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, now the U.N. ambassador, appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to defend President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Host John Dickerson also asked her North Korea and about women who stepped forward again last week to repeat their accusations of sexual misbehavior against Trump. Here are excerpts of their discussion.

  • Letter: Help by standing up for abused kids

    The season of giving is upon us, and there is no better gift than giving back to your community.
    Being a volunteer with the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem Program allows you to give a short amount of your time to an abused and neglected child in Lancaster County all year round. The joy you will receive knowing you made a difference in the life of a child is priceless.

  • Column: It’s not luck when bombers fail, or when my plane doesn’t crash

    I heard so many people on TV in New York say “we got lucky” after that man in the subway station blew himself up and didn’t kill anybody.
    Don’t those people realize luck had nothing to do with it? There was no luck to this. God stepped in and stopped that man.
    I pray every day that God will protect this great country from these terrorists. And prayer works, people!

  • Column: ‘Trickle down’ hasn’t worked before, and it won’t this time

    This is a response to John Baker’s Dec. 6 article headlined “Government isn’t meant to tax away income inequality.”  
    Let’s talk tax reform. According to Mr. Baker’s excellent statistics, 60 percent of Americans report taxable income of less than $50,000 a year. No tax revenue there. So Republicans want to lower the “official” corporate tax rate of 35 percent to 20 percent to stimulate the economy, and lower the “tax burden” on the rich at the same time.