Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Here’s an alternative to IL incorporation

    There may be a better alternative to incorporation. What if there was a way to achieve both representation and maintain stable property taxes?
    What percentage of property, business and sales tax revenue does Indian Land generate as compared to the rest of Lancaster County? Is it 60 percent? I am honestly not sure of the exact number, but let’s say for example that 60 percent of the county’s tax revenue is generated within the borders of Indian Land. 

  • Column: After much study, we’ll vote yes on IL town

    We recently moved to Sun City Carolina Lakes. We were surprised to learn that the “Indian Land” we heard about so often was not a town, but a name used to describe the area of Lancaster County where our home was located.
    We were surprised that such a large developed area was not a town – like Fort Mill, Rock Hill or even Waxhaw. Instead, it is governed by the Lancaster County government.

  • Column: Don’t forget human nature as you decide on town of IL

    There are some laws I have not heard discussed regarding the proposed Indian Land incorporation. They are laws of human nature.
    The first is the Law of Unintended Consequences. This law says that no matter how much thinking and planning you do, any activity has unintended consequences. And the more complex the activity, the more unintended consequences will occur.

  • Column: Litter-free streets should be goal in this wonderful city

    I grew up in Lancaster and frequently visit my mother, who lives in the Red Rose City.
    I am so sad to see that litter has taken over the roads of this wonderful city.
    Not just a little bit of litter, but huge amounts of it. This problem seems to have increased over the last few years.
    I see all kinds of fast-food trash, soft-drink cans, water bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles. As soon as we pick up the areas around my mother’s home, the litter reappears in this seemingly never-ending cycle!

  • Letter: Blame Hollywood for violent culture

    Once again, our hearts are shattered with the loss of 17 innocent and precious souls in Parkland, Fla.
    Mass shootings have become a common American travesty that must be eliminated from our society forever. It is only natural for human beings to place blame, fault or condemnation on the shooter, the president, Congress or the NRA.

  • Column: Need changes in Conservation Bank, tax credits for kids with special needs

    Beginning in late January, the 2018 legislative session kicked into high gear.
    As we approach budget week in early March and bills are coming out of committees at a high rate, we are beginning to move at full speed. For example, in just one week, the Education Committee, on which I serve, sent 13 bills to the House to consider.

  • Letter: Grateful for school safety upgrades here

    Congratulations and thank you to the Lancaster County officials who had the foresight to obtain funds to upgrade the security hardware and procedures in our public schools.
    Their pro-active stance is what is needed to keep our students and teachers safe.
    Their actions are preferred to the impotent “Why doesn’t Congress do something?” response to school violence. And they are preferable to the impractical “Let’s ban the AR-15,” the most widely used semi-automatic long gun in America.

    Dr. Charles Kaska

  • Letter: Need baseball fields in south of county

    It’s that time of year again! Spring is trying to emerge, but we true Southerners know winter is probably not done, and the coaches in Heath Springs and Kershaw compete for field position to practice soccer and baseball.
    But wait, Heath Springs has no baseball fields. They have been turned into soccer fields, and there are three or four teams on those two soccer fields at the same time.