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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t forget taxes are due on Jan. 15

    At the beginning of November, Lancaster County homeowners received their tax bills, which are due by Jan. 15 without penalties.

    If you have not received your tax bill, please contact our office for us to help locate your bill and make sure we have the correct address on file for you. Please do so as soon as possible to make sure your taxes are paid on time to avoid late penalties.

  • New resident loves Indian Land’s name

    Indian Land resident Jane Tanner has suggested that maybe Van Wyck could annex Indian Land. She said residents find the name “Indian Land” unattractive.

    But you are so wrong.

    I love the name Indian Land for my town. I moved here a short time ago and love the name better than plain old Fort Mill.

    Don’t say we find it unattractive, because not everyone does. I love the name and am proud to live in Indian Land.

  • Precious baby made a difference in the world

    Just think what would this world be without that precious baby?

    He made the blind to see, the lame to walk.

    That precious baby walked on water.

    That precious baby turned water into wine and fed the multitudes.

    That precious baby died for our sins.

    That precious baby, yes, his name is Jesus.

    Yes, what would this world have been without that precious baby?

    Carl Miles

    Lancaster

  • Be sure body cameras don’t have restrictions

    The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects.

    There is ample precedent. Animal protection activists have used body cameras to document egregious atrocities and safety violations by workers in the meat, dairy and egg industries.

    The resulting videos have led to a number of corrective actions, as well as felony convictions, meat recalls, and even a $500 million civil settlement.

  • Possum Hollow resident likes name of road

    I would like to thank Susan Ferrara for saying she “liked the name Indian Land.”

    I just cannot understand why someone like Jane Tanner or anyone moving into a new neighborhood or another state would complain about the name of a road or neighborhood that has had a name for many many years. I cannot imagine doing that.

    In 2013, our Sen. Greg Gregory in his Spring Legislative Report wrote: SCDOT is moving forward with widening of S.C. 160 between Springfield Parkway in Fort Mill and the unfortunately named Possum Hollow Road.

  • Reader touts the merit of coming events section

    I would like to thank The Lancaster News for providing the coming events section free of charge to the public. I belong to some organizations that depend on the large portion of their publicity for meetings, performances, luncheons etc.

    Such publicity is invaluable to these organizations’ success. And, anyone outside of Lancaster can read about all the exciting things that make Lancaster a great place to live.

    Pat Clancy

    Lancaster

  • There’s more at stake than you think

    At this week’s organizational session, South Carolina House lawmakers will be asked to make several important decisions, including who becomes speaker of the house and speaker pro tempore.

    The identity of the next speaker, however, was all but a foregone conclusion, and some other points may be both more controversial and more important.

  • New S.C. rep pursuing lawsuits from 2012 election

    As the S.C. House returns next month to debate a proposed rule that critics say would discourage citizen testimony before legislative committees, an incoming freshman representative is pursuing defamation lawsuits against two supporters of his opponent in the 2012 race.

    Newly elected Rep. Greg Duckworth, R-Horry, filed separate suits in December 2012 against an Horry County couple, Charles Collins and Bren Gibson, contending they defamed him in separate online letters to the editor, which asked readers to support then-Rep. Tracy Edge in the June 2012 Republican primary.