Today's Opinions

  • Praise for sheriff well-deserved

    I gotta admit all the praise for the appearance of  the Sheriff’s Office is well-deserved.

    A  nice building with a fleet of new, clean patrol cars  speaks well of a law enforcement facility.

    There is really no comparison to former departments. Not only is this a credit to the sheriff and his staff, but to changing times and situations.

    Maybe it’s because I remember the past when my father, W.B. Evans Sr. assumed office on Dec. 1, 1944.

  • Attend school board meetings to learn more

    I read with interest Brian Endres’ column concerning the Lancaster County school board.

    I’m not sure why it was a sign of disrespect that the board sent one member to the Indian Land Action Council meeting, rather than the entire membership.

    To be honest, it seems disrespectful to James Brooks, who did appear, to say “only District 1 board member James Brooks showed up.”

  • Bigger audits needed

    The Legislative Audit Council has done a terrific job on its latest report, and taxpayers should be grateful.

    I give “The Nerve’s” Rick Brundrett a little credit. In 2012, Brundret broke a story on a proposed $16 million line item in the Agriculture Department’s budget for an undisclosed expansion project at the State Farmers Market.

    As it turned out, Agriculture Commissioner Hugh Weathers was pushing his agency to buy property at the market – property owned by S.C. Ports Authority Chairman Bill Stern.

  • Fun for all at IL fall festival

    It’s time for the Indian Land Fall Festival, celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and the fifth annual S.C. Championship Chili Cook-off.

    Saturday’s festival promises to be a lot of fun for everyone from toddlers to teens and older folks, all for a good cause – helping support the Indian Land Rotary Club’s local youth projects, including the annual third-grade dictionary project, scholarships, school needs, literacy projects, sports teams and more.

  • POWs, MIAs not forgotten

    On Friday, Sept. 18, all across America local ceremonies will take place to honor our missing service members and their families with a focus on continuing the commitment to account, as fully as possible, for those listed as q prisoner of war (POW) or missing in action (MIA).

  • Special tax districts – buyer beware

    Indian Land and Pleasant Valley residents will be hearing a lot about petitions for a special tax district for law enforcement over the next few weeks as proponents seek signatures to impose a $75 per dwelling tax on Indian Land for “enhanced law enforcement.”

  • School choice solution not the problem

    The Charleston Post and Courier recently published a five-part series, “Left Behind: The unintended consequences of school choice, in which readers are led to believe that the hardships experienced by some students at a North Charleston high school are the effects of school choice policies.

  • Grateful for proposed road work, but more needed

    I read Sen. Greg Gregory’s column about roads in the Sept. 2 edition of The Lancaster News. I am glad some of these roads around here are getting a makeover.

    While this is a paltry start – it is something. The thing is we need not only our county roads fixed we need the whole state’s road system fixed.

    Gregory and his colleagues know what needs to be done to fix this problem and it’s a huge problem.

    Legislators have to stop sweeping it under the rug. The road problem is not going away.