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Today's Opinions

  • Column: County needs to hit ‘pause’ on residential growth in IL

    We need to talk about better planning for our community and infrastructure.
    Because of the company I worked for back in the 1980s, I had the opportunity to see two huge 4- by 6-foot mark-up boards of artist renderings for Ballantyne. I’ll never forget how impressive it was to see pictures of farmland at the time look so modern and beautifully planned. What is even more impressive is that what we see there today looks just like what was designed back then, as if paper came to life. This is the best example of planning I can think of.

  • Letter: Blackmon has background to be good county auditor

    Allen Blackmon is an outstanding candidate for county auditor.
    I have known Allen and his wife, Jane, for 35-plus years and have watched them raise a wonderful family of two children and now two grandchildren. During this time, he has grown professionally, while at the same time, remaining an active participant in the growth and development of our community.

  • Letter: Sheriff thanks all law officers for service to community

    This week is National Police Week, a time set aside every year to remember police officers who have given their lives in sacrifice to their communities. I wanted to take a moment to express my own gratitude for the officers in Lancaster County, as well as the rest of the state of South Carolina and across the nation.

  • Column: Obama ignores Constitution, and Congress won’t stop him

    Did you notice the shift? Did you notice the change from a government of the people, by the people and for the people, to that of a monarch who bypasses all balance of power in order to impose his personal agenda on the American people?

  • Letter: Bathroom solution: 1-hole Porta-Johns

    Our lame duck president fired a cannonball across the bow of the Good Ship Lollipop to show us that he still has a final card up his sleeve.
    At my age and biological gender, I qualify as a male man and am restricted to “Men’s Only restrooms.” For bunches of years that was the going rule.

  • Letter: Lucas rips Haley on farm bill veto

    Editor’s note: The S.C. House voted 112-2 Tuesday to override Gov. Nikki Haley’s veto of legislation that would provide $40 million in grants to help the state’s farmers recover from last year’s floods. Republican House Speaker Jay Lucas, whose District 65 includes parts of eastern Lancaster County, wrote this in reaction to the override.

  • Column: One person keeping you in the dark

    Government belongs to you, not to politicians.
    You have every right to know what your elected and appointed officials are up to and how government bureaucracies operate at every level, whether they be towns, cities, counties, school boards or state government.
    That’s why 40 years ago South Carolina enacted the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It was model legislation for the nation at the time, but sorely needs updating to plug holes that have been created by those who don’t want to be bothered by citizen inquiries and sunshine on government.

  • Column: Marriage rate one of S.C.’s biggest issues

    Tackling big issues is tough. It’s far easier for policy makers and politicians to make a speech or issue a press release with a few snappy phrases and then claim they are doing something.
    And if you really want to make things difficult, add in such volatile and emotional issues as race, culture, sex and money – then it becomes a “really big tough issue.” Who wants to take this on? It’s easier to talk about transgender bathrooms.