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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Wilt stands out in District 1 race

    My wife and I attended the “Before You Vote Candidate Forum” on May 26 to hear from all the primary candidates before we go to the polls on June 14.
    What I took away from that forum is there are some excellent candidates running for the county council District 1 and the county auditor positions. Any one of those candidates could do a fine job for the citizens of Indian Land and Van Wyck areas.

  • Letter: I back Blackmon for auditor

    Lancaster County is fortunate to have Allen Blackmon as a candidate for county auditor.
    I had the privilege to work directly and indirectly for him for over 20 years. During that time, I observed Allen treat his employees and taxpayers fairly and compassionately.
    He always tried to help anyone in need. He would come in early or stay late to make sure all tasks were handled.

  • Column: Blackmon: Consider my experience, community service in auditor’s race

    The Republican primary is June 14. I am a candidate in the county auditor race.
    It is important for everyone to know the candidates. I graduated from Clemson University in 1978. I married Jane Bridges and we settled in Heath Springs. We have raised two very successful children who are happily married and have two wonderful grandchildren.
    Lancaster County has been a fantastic place to live. During this time, I have been involved in community service.

  • Stormwater fee for Panhandle huge case of DHEC overreach

    Editor’s note: The writer is a candidate for Lancaster County Council District 1.

    The county wants to send you another tax bill.
    SMS4 is a federal program to protect the nation’s drinking water being run by the Environmental Protection Agency. In South Carolina the program is administered by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC).

  • Our nation pauses to salute the fallen

    Bystanders listened to great speeches as children from the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Orphan Home and members of the Grand Army of the Republic made their way through the cemetery, strewing flowers on both Union and Confederate graves, reciting prayers and singing hymns as tears fell from their eyes while they remembered the fallen.
    It was 1868. The first large observance of what we now call Memorial Day, then called Decoration Day, was happening at Arlington National Cemetery, across the Potomac River from Washington.

  • Column: Pinckney honored: Celebrating shared history

    Last week in Charleston a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big and colorful and covers the whole outside wall of a building on St. Phillips Street, a few blocks from my house and from Emanuel AME Church.
    In addition to his likeness, the mural also has a short but powerful quote by Clem: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history – we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.”

  • Column: Pinckney honored: Celebrating shared history

    Last week in Charleston a large mural of Rev. Clementa Pinckney was unveiled. It was done by 28-year-old Columbia artist Tripp Barnes. It is big and colorful and covers the whole outside wall of a building on St. Phillips Street, a few blocks from my house and from Emanuel AME Church.
    In addition to his likeness, the mural also has a short but powerful quote by Clem: “Across the South, we have a deep appreciation of history – we haven’t always had a deep appreciation of each other’s history.”

  • Letter: Must ensure safety of amusement parks

    This letter is about amusement park rides.
    A lot of people are being killed or maimed across this country. I would like to tell you about an experience a friend and I had at the Lancaster fairgrounds.
    We were 16 or 17 years old and got on a ride called the Rocket. As we were going round and around, the man stopped the ride. The bolt in the middle was coming loose. I asked what would have happened if it had come all the way loose. He replied, “Y’all would have been uptown. It would have flown apart.”