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Today's Opinions

  • Leadership goals for 2014

    With a New Year comes an opportunity for a new beginning. For many people, it’s a time to reflect on ways we can better ourselves. We make resolutions to get in shape, take up a new hobby, break a bad habit or accomplish some other goal.

    For those in positions of elected leadership, the New Year offers an opportunity to reflect on how we can better serve the public.

     Here are four good New Year’s resolutions for those in public office – from our local town, county and school board representatives, to our state and federal officials.

  • Inconsistencies abound in Obamacare promises

    In a debate on Obamacare, the law was called a failure due to high premiums, deductibles, failed promises and plans loaded with unnecessary provisions, such as maternity care for nuns and senior adults.

    Other problems include the fact that it is a forced government program with hidden taxes and costs and it appears the only people who can afford coverage are those being subsidized.

  • Mackey grateful for community support

    Thank you so much to all of you who helped Gonzie’s Miracle Bikes for Kids continue to provide bicycles to children during the Christmas season.

    Some of you donated bikes, while others donated money to help refurbish the bikes.

    All of you helped bring joy and happiness to the hearts of many children.

    Last year, we were able to provide bicycles for 47 children in 26 families. This year, with your help, we have been able to provide bikes for 63 children and 33 families.

  • It’s time to take back the South

    Where does C. Furr, writer of the letter, “Freedoms come from God, not soldiers,” come from? He or she is not from our area and needs to go back to wherever he or she came from. I have had it with these Yankees coming down here telling us what we need to do.

    If the the North was so great,  why do you not go back? If you choose to live in the South, please do not bring your nasty attitudes here. We do not want them.

  • Medicine costs more, thanks to Obamacare

    My late father-in-law, Albert Rankin, used only two words to express himself when unbelievable circumstances arose.

    Simple and to the point, he just uttered “beats me.”  I figure if Pop was living today, he would be speechless.

    I have been sitting silently ’cause I do have Medicare, which costs us more than $200 a month and, of course, we have to cough up a huge co-pay when we go to our doctor to renew our same old prescriptions. I read about folks having to come up with hundreds of dollars for this so-called Obamacare. 

  • Watch those tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and looking forward to a busy 2014, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon.

    All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 15 – and the late penalties can be costly – so please don’t be late.

    Those homeowners whose tax payments are postmarked after Jan. 15 will have a 3 percent penalty assessed.

  • Boy, 9, knows meaning of Christmas

    By the time you read this Christmas will have come and gone, yet this is a story that still needs telling. A young man at the tender age of 9 has the ability to know his own mind, to think of others and to share what he has with those less fortunate than he, be they people or animals.

    We received a Facebook message recently from Paula Livingston Nguyen, who said she had some pet food and blankets for us and could one of us please meet her in Indian Land to pick it up.

  • SPCA grateful for local support

    The team at the Lancaster Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals would like to wish everyone a very happy holiday season.

    We are very thankful to all Lancaster County residents for their generosity and overwhelming support.

    We are a small rescue group, but we hope we will make a difference in the lives of unwanted Lancaster County animals.

    Our team is dedicated to providing all our animals with love, security, good health and finding that perfect home.