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Today's Opinions

  • S.C. needs new governor, Legislature

    An accountable and responsible leader is required to help South Carolina move forward. This has not happened in the last four years of Gov. Nikki Haley’s administration.

    The state needs leadership from both the governor’s position and its Legislature. Too many shortcomings and not enough concern for its citizens are apparent in bills introduced, but not passed.

  • Celebrate farms and schools

    In October, America celebrates the harvest, specifically initiatives to put healthy, locally grown food on our children’s plates at school. And it all starts with America’s farmers and ranchers.

    Many of us who raise our own food, whether in a pot or a small garden, do so as a hobby. If there’s too much heat, not enough rain or too many pests, we are disappointed and frustrated, but the love of growing fresh, nutritious foods pulls us through tough times.

  • Our shared battle against mental illness

    Some of my earliest public service was serving on the board of the Greenville County Mental Health Center – including as its chairman – in the early 1990s. I later served on the S.C. Mental Health Commission.

    Mental illness had already been an issue I felt strongly about, but those positions gave me unique insights into the challenges facing the mentally ill and their loved ones.

  • How incorporation will help Van Wyck

    This is in reply to Douglas Young’s letter, “How will incorporation protect Treetops?”

    The short answer is that incorporation in and of itself cannot protect Van Wyck against TreeTops’ development. What incorporation can do is protect Van Wyck against the catastrophic effects of the unrestrained residential development that will follow TreeTops’ development.

    Cities start small and grow by annexation. When all parties agree, annexation is a simple and easy process.

  • County should be wary of I-77 Alliance

    It appears, we, Lancaster County, spent two or three thousand bucks in an attempt to determine why the folks across the Catawba don’t want us to play on their team or come to their party.

    To tell the truth, I seriously doubt if York, Chester and Fairfield counties give a hoot and holler whether any new development ever lands on this side of Interstate 77.

  • Lancaster Ussery brings back fond memories of Gunter

    I haven’t written to the newspaper in several years. I enjoyed Kershaw resident Charles Ussery’s column about the Heath Springs High School’s football team during the 1950s. I wanted to let him know how much I liked the column, but I got busy and did not write anything.

  • Changes needed in AJ football program

    My name is Garrett Williams and I am an alumni of Andrew Jackson Middle and Andrew Jackson High School, class of 2005.

    I was always proud to be a student of Andrew Jackson because I went to school with good people. I had some really good teachers who provided me with the best education Lancaster County had to offer.

  • Why a vote for Freeman Burns is a vote for kids

    Upon moving to Indian Land, I knew I wanted to get involved in my community.

    I came across an article in the local paper for an eight-month leadership program sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce.

    During the course of the program, I was given the opportunity to see how the county operates and how I could get involved.

    I bring a background that includes management skills, operations and budgeting, negotiations, sales and marketing and my most valuable skill, common sense.