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Today's Opinions

  • Cruisers to honor wounded vets at festival

    Memory Lane Cruisers Inc. was established as a place for people who like cars to get together, fellowship with each other and give back to the community. In past years, we have supported Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, HOPE of Lancaster, Christian Services, the Angel Tree at Christmas and individual families who needed help.

    In 2014, Memory Land Cruisers Inc. donated $600 to HOPE and $400 to Christian Services.

  • When buying a new car don’t forget to pay taxes

    Most people like having new vehicles. A new convertible would be especially nice for the summer time. Unfortunately, with new vehicles come taxes and it’s important for you to understand what taxes are due and how to pay them to avoid problems later on.

    When purchasing a vehicle, you must pay local property taxes to the County Treasurer’s Office and you must also pay a sales tax for the vehicle to the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

  • County Council runs amok on the overlay

    At the Lancaster County Council meeting April 28, the U.S. 521/S.C. 160 corridor overlay district was approved for second reading and remanded to the Planning Commission for revision on a number of specific topics suggested by various council members at the meeting. The matter is to be considered at the Planning Commission meeting May 20 and returned to County Council for action at its June 9 meeting.

  • Don’t let Mattamy hold county hostage?

    This is in response to the article, “County hashes out agreement,” about the proposed development agreement between Mattamy Homes and Lancaster County Council that appeared in May 4 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Are you serious? In the proposed development agreement between Mattamy Homes and County Council, Mattamy is demanding that the school district must guarantee in writing that students living in the Tree Tops subdivision will go to Indian Land schools.

  • What are legislature’s priorities on taxes?

    South Carolina is known as a “red state” and a “conservative” state, and so one might be led to believe it’s a place where non-“progressive,” free-market policies reign. Certainly South Carolina has a reputation for being a “low tax state.” But the reputation is unearned.

    A brief look at the legislature’s record on tax policy – perhaps the most fundamental free market issue – reveals a profound disconnect between reputation and reality.

  • Children the losers when adults fighting

    The other night I was on the sofa juggling the remote control in one hand, a custom-built ham sandwich with the works in the other, and a plate of Cheetos and a cold beer on my lap. I was one false move from a big mess when I froze on the spot as a guy on TV in a suit at some government committee table said it.

    “When adults fight, children lose.”

    What a simple, brilliant assessment of what’s happening with education politics in our state and nation.

  • Let’s all keep corruption out of S.C.

    This is a response to Sandy McGarry’s article, “GOP seeks to keep corruption out of county,” published in the April 23 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Thank you for throwing the first stone in the 2014 election cycle concerning corruption in politics.

    Corruption is defined in the Funk and Wagnalls standard dictionary as open to bribery, dishonest, immoral and/or tainted.

    McGarry states our county, but doesn’t mention any name(s) associated with corruption from our present elected officials.

  • Writer seeks explanation about tea party comment

    I have a request for Clara Jones who wrote the letter, “Adams says he will represent entire district,” that was published in the April 30 edition of The Lancaster News. Adams said only the tea party is being represented in Congress.

    Obviously, Jones agrees with Adams. And I would like for Jones to explain to Lancaster residents exactly what you disagree with in regards to the tea party.

    Make sure you can back up any statements you make. It will be interesting to see what you say.