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Today's Opinions

  • Burwell column: Minority Health Month: Making progress on health disparities

    Half a century ago, our nation was in the midst of a civil rights revolution.
    Over these last few years, we’ve reached several milestones: the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s transformative “I Have a Dream” speech and the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.
    As we commemorate these events, we feel the weight of their expectations. We see the path that has moved us closer to justice and equality, but we also see the stumbling blocks and shortcomings along the way.

  • Payne letter: Where is the church on Wednesday ballgames?

    Currently, there is controversy involving the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department and its scheduling of youth recreation ballgames on Wednesday nights.
    Some parents are concerned that their children feel they are not only letting their teammates and coaches down by not participating on Wednesdays, but feel like they are being punished by not getting to play as often as others because their parents take them to church services and activities on Wednesday nights.

  • Ardrey: Lancaster County needs sawmill

    I am concerned about Larry McCullough’s attempt at deception concerning the rezoning of the tract on Riverside Road.
    Mr. McCullough is attempting to equate a sawmill with a landfill. Several times he refers to this project as similar to the rezoning attempt to locate a landfill in Flat Creek, even claiming that the project is beginning to smell.

  • Noble column: S.C. Democrats applaud O’Malley

    Democrats in South Carolina are not a group that is easily impressed, but recently former Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley really impressed them, as in a standing-ovation impressed.
    All the national pundits and so-called experts who are saying that Hillary Clinton has it all wrapped up should take note, because it just ain’t so – at least not in South Carolina.

  • Yow column: S.C. House passes bill to fix roads

    On April 15, the S.C. House passed a bill, H. 3579, by an overwhelming vote of 87-20.
    It is designed to address the poor condition of our roads, which is arguably the most pressing problem our state as a whole faces. S.C. House members understand the seriousness of the problem and the House Ways and Means Committee members have worked overtime to create a bill that will, for the first time in decades, get us back on track.
    Care has been taken to reduce the income tax so that, for the average citizen, this will be a revenue-neutral event.

  • Thomas: Mom needs handicapped parking space for child

    I have a disabled child who uses a wheelchair.
    I have become quite frustrated here in our Indian Land community when I go to different stores, restaurants and public facilities. There are people parked in handicapped parking without the correct permit. It has become a problem. 
    I was at the Chick-fil-A night where the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was raising money for the Special Olympics and asked a deputy about more patrols to correct this problem.

  • Wilt column: County budget has multiple problems

    The Lancaster County Council Administration Committee has completed its work on the 2016 county budget and intends to send the resulting document to the full council for consideration.
    This budget leaves core governmental services vulnerable in a number of areas as follows:

  • Faile letter: Here’s where your tax dollars are being spent

    On April 1, I was on my way to Pageland on Highway 601 at Charlesboro Cemetery.
    There was a guy on a tractor cleaning out ditches. On down the road, there was a guy sitting in the work truck asleep. I know because I woke him up. I blew the horn twice before he woke up.
    Now you see what kind of job the state does. Your tax dollars misused.
    Bub Faile
    Kershaw