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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • North Elem. teachers to be commended

    Hold on there, I ain’t praising a troop of Yankee soldiers, but I gotta confess there is a bunch of seasoned troops who stand out in front of North Elementary School assisting young students entering and leaving vehicles.

    At the school’s entrance, they have an assembly line set up to get children out of or into their various forms of transportation.

    Seems like during fair and warm weather we, designated drivers of school-aged children, sorta take those teachers for granted.

  • Lawrances’ column was a we-want-more-free rant

    While I am sure Ralph and Bonnie Lawrance have good intentions, their column, “S.C. should expand its Medicaid,” published in the Jan. 17 edition of The Lancaster News, is nothing but another Democrat we-want-more-free-stuff rant.

  • Michael Jedson

    This is a response to two articles written about “Obamacare” in the Jan. 8 edition of The Lancaster News opinion section – one by W.B. Evans, “Medicine cost more, thanks to Obamacare” and Brooks Walker’s “Inconsistencies abound in Obamacare promises”

    Per Mr. Evans’ article, he fails to mention if he is on a traditional Medicare policy and if he has a Medigap policy. He states that he has to “cough up a huge co-pay,” meaning he has an inferior policy or didn’t buy the right one for his needs.

  • Poverty rate should be as important as unemployment

    MSNBC has a graph that shows the United States spends $239 billion more than China, United Kingdom, France, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Germany, India and Brazil combined.

    If $239 billion could be cut and spent elsewhere (partially to make up for any economic losses), then what could be done with an extra trillion every four years to improve the lives of those who rely on the safety net to stay alive?

  • Medicaid expansion needed

    Kudos to the letter from Ralph and Bonnie Lawrance of Indian Land in The Lancaster News regarding South Carolina’s refusal to join in the Medicaid Expansion Program.

    This is indeed a humanitarian issue, as it was pointed out that South Carolina has ranked near the