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Today's Opinions

  • Dreams do come true

    The word “no” is a very powerful statement. It can tear you down and make you believe you are near your breaking point. “No, Abby, you can’t go back to school – you have a family to raise.”

    Or the famous, “No, your test results are not up to standards.”

    It would have been easy for me to believe all the people who told me “no” and to give up on school and my dreams.

  • Red Rover Dog Show a success

    Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LSPCA) is a registered South Carolina charity formed in June of 2013.

    Our rescued animals come from the Lancaster County Animal Shelter, owner surrenders, abandoned and/or neglected animals, plus a few from out of town that needed our help.

    All of our animals get excellent care from Faulkner Animal Hospital and their staff, and we have placed more than 150 homeless animals into healthy happy homes.

  • Writer grateful for medical response

    On Friday, May 23, my husband had cause to call on the services of a 911 dispatcher, the Lancaster County and Heath Springs Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and first responder from the volunteer fire department. 

    I would like to thank each responder, on my husband’s behalf, for their prompt, professional and compassionate services during this difficult time. 

    Because of the situation I cannot remember their individual names, and I do apologize for that, and send my heartfelt thanks for a job well done.

  • Let voters decide how to pay for county needs

    The current 1 percent Capital Projects Sales Tax which was enacted to finance the construction of the new Lancaster County Courthouse is expected to expire in 2015.

    Lancaster County Council has established a Capital Projects Sales Tax Commission to consider what projects should be funded in the event that the voters consent to extend the capital projects sales tax for another seven years.

    Several major proposals have been submitted for the commission’s consideration. Each of these proposals is worthy of consideration.

  • Legislature busy this session

    At this point in the second half of the 2013-14 legislative session, we are several weeks behind due to a later-than-normal start and days lost to snow. Those who agree with Mark Twain that “no man’s life or liberty is safe when the legislature is in session” will not feel shortchanged by this.

  • County government depends on IL revenue

    Here we go again – talk, talk, talk. No action. When the issue of Indian Land incorporation came up many years ago, IL Action Council had the mayor of Tega Cay talk about incorporation. He was a very good speaker. In 30 minutes he gave the lowdown on incorporating in South Carolina. It was not hard, just time-consuming. Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes was here then and might remember this.

  • Do traffic lights cost more than teachers?

    J.R. Wilt’s column, “County Council runs amok on the overlay,” regarding the overlay plan in the May 11 edition of The Lancaster News should open a lot of eyes, provided Mr. Wilt’s cost figures on traffic light poles (masts) are correct.

    If a light mast costs $300,000, something doesn’t smell right. With costs like that, Lancaster County has spent a bunch of money on U.S. 521 North to enable the residents easier access from their developments to the main highway.

  • Sales tax could help repave county roads

    Last month, I wrote about some of the funding and maintenance issues we face with our road system in this county and state.

    In this column, we will be looking at who is responsible for repaving roads in the county, the funding and what we can do about improving road conditions in the county.