Today's Opinions

  • Freedoms come from God, not soldiers

    This letter is in response to the column from Congressman Mick Mulvaney about Veterans Day in the Dec. 4 paper.

    Mr. Mulvaney, you and anyone less who thinks and believes our freedoms come from the soldier are wrong and need to reflect more deeply.

    Everything good comes from our Creator, almighty and powerful God, our Father through his Son, Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.

    I am a Gold Star family member.

    C. Furr

    Indian Land

  • IL growth spawns U.S. 521 traffic problems

    You don’t have to be psychic or read Reece Murphy’s article, “County leads region in building permits,” in the Dec. 11 issue of Carolina Gateway, to know construction is exploding in Indian Land.  

    Just drive on U.S. 521 between 4 and 6:30 p.m. any weekday or Saturday afternoon and see what a mess it has turned into.

  • Will Chinese company truly benefit county?

    I read about the Chinese company that plans to build a textile mill in Indian Land. I have a hard time believing that they could open this plant and make money, when our existing textile mills all closed down.

    Wait a minute, could it be because of all the benefits that Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. is offering the company, like special resource bonds of $7.7 million, authorizing a fee-in-lieu-of-tax agreement and other special considerations.

  • Thank you to unknown helpful couple

    I am writing this to let people know there really are kind people out there. On the evening before Thanksgiving, my daughter got her car stuck on Shelley Mullis Road. A wonderful couple stopped and gave her a ride home.

    I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart. I was so caught up in the moment that I did not get their names or where they live. I wish they would stop by, so I can let them know how much I really appreciated what they did and to let them know if they ever need anything to please let me know.

    J. Greiner

    Indian Land

  • S.C. GOP launches ‘Red to the Roots’

    South Carolina is a solidly red, Republican state or so says the media and most observers. However, a closer look into history and the current state of politics might surprise you.

    In 1974, a Lowcountry dentist named Jim Edwards waged a massive grassroots campaign to become the first Republican governor in 100 years. And it was only within the last two decades that Republicans gained majorities in the South Carolina General Assembly and among our state’s nine constitutional officers.

  • Legislative session passed some good bills for S.C.

    The first year of the current two-year legislative session ended in June. From January until then senators did a lot of talking, meeting and arguing. Even though days lengthened as summer approached, the work stretched into nights as we debated the business of South Carolina.

  • A glimmer of hope for S.C. senior citizens

    The season of the light is upon us – a time of year that provides us with an opportunity to reflect on what we have as well as focus on how we can make life better for others who may not be as fortunate.

    South Carolina has more than 900,000 seniors, and that number is expected to double over the next 15 years, with those 50 and older accounting for nearly half of our state’s population by the year 2030, according to census projections.

  • USC’s Fair Funding Plan not so fair to taxpayers

    To University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides, his offer to the S.C. General Assembly is too good to pass up:

    Give the state’s flagship university an additional $10.13 million in general funds in fiscal 2014-15 for its eight campuses statewide, plus cover any pay hikes mandated by lawmakers and any health-care benefit and utility rate increases, and in-state students won’t pay higher tuition next fiscal year, which starts July 1.