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Today's Opinions

  • Seeking the heart of God

    In Luke 15, when flagrant sinners came to Jesus to hear his teaching, he was severely criticized by the religious leaders of his day.

    In response, Jesus taught three parables that reveal the seeking heart of God.

    The first parable was about a lost sheep. Its shepherd left his flock to look for it, and when he found it, he carried it back on his shoulders, rejoicing. He then called his friends and neighbors to rejoice with him over his discovery.

  • Nitpicking will only divide us

    I am writing in response to David Whiting’s letter, “It’s time to take back the South,” published in the Jan. 8 edition of The Lancaster News. There isn’t anything wrong with driving children to school. This is part of our freedom. We have a choice.

    Your opinions are yours. The South has never been taken away from Southerners. It’s here where it always was – it never moved.

  • County’s No. 1 priority should be jobs

    I enjoyed J.R. Wilt’s comments in his guest column, “What we should be doing,” regarding upscale retailers and housing in the Jan. 24 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Having worked for 50 years in retail management, I can tell you he is right on regarding his retail comments.

    I can also tell you that one of the best places we have lived in the past put in a 2-acre minimum to stop the uncontrolled growth.

  • Uncontrolled development hurts schools

    The problem is essentially that Lancaster County can approve new housing faster than the school system can raise money to build new schools.

    The morning of Jan. 13, Lancaster County School District and county officials met to discuss how uncontrolled development, particularly in Indian Land, is harming the Lancaster County school system.

    Reece Murphy wrote an excellent story in the Jan. 22 Carolina Gateway on the official version of what took place at that meeting. Essentially, the parties agreed to meet periodically and talk about the situation.

  • True facts about ACA frightening

    Michael Jedson’s response, “It’s time to separate fact from fiction about ACA,” to my and W.B. Evan’s articles sought to separate fact from fiction.

    Jedson began with Mr. Evan’s article and suggest that it is Mr.Evan’s fault for not being able to afford the huge co-pay for drug coverage. But the fact is, the ACA is supposed to be the “affordable” care act.

  • Lancaster County’s tax incentives prove effective

    With the recent announcement of Keer America choosing to locate its new facility in Lancaster County, questions have been raised about the incentives that can be offered to companies (both domestic and foreign) to locate in South Carolina.

  • Officials need to stand for conservative positions

    At the first Lancaster County Council meeting of 2014, county officials continued their own local version of the big government decision process. A fee increase on businesses was proposed without any studies or projections. The proposal will affect business owners in the Indian Land and Pleasant Valley fire protection districts.

  • We must keep politics out of important decisions

    I read with interest William McGarry’s column, “Investment Commission needs reform,” about the S.C. Retirement System Commission in the Jan. 15 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Unlike Mr. McGarry, I am a retired public employee and for the last eight years have carefully followed every major piece of legislation that has passed the General Assembly concerning the S.C. retirement system.