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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Let’s give the children in our lives what they need this year

    What are you planning to change in 2018?
    This is a question we are all asked each New Year. I have been looking back at responses I received from students while I was teaching K4 and K5 in the late ’90s.
    Let me share some examples, exactly as written by the students, with their own thoughts and their own style of language at ages 4 and 5. These wonderful children were good writers for their age.
    ◆ 5-year-old girl: “I wants to cook My mommy wrks lot an bonly sambich get well they get yuck.”

  • Commentary: Graham: Trump must push Iran, Korea, but leave Mueller alone

    Editor’s note: With deadly protests roiling Iran, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday. President Trump tweeted that “the world is watching” Iran’s response, calling on the regime to “respect their people’s rights, including right to express themselves.” Here are excerpts of Graham’s interview with CBS correspondent Major Garrett.

  • Column: Watch those tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and looking forward to a busy 2018, 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. 16.
    The late penalties can be costly, so please don’t be late.
    Those homeowners whose tax payments are postmarked after Jan. 16 will have a 3 percent penalty assessed. This penalty will rise to 10 percent after Feb. 1 and to 15 percent after March 16.

  • Column: It may be time to look in the mirror

    How did 2017 go for you? Was it a good year or a not-so-good year? Regardless of what happened, you can’t change 2017. The year is behind us and 2018 is ahead of us.
    What can you do to make 2018 a great year?
    Make a list of what you want to accomplish in the year ahead. Don’t make it so long that it’s overwhelming. Most people’s lists go on and on and then it becomes a daunting task.
    Here are some ideas for you.

    Focus on your health

  • Column: What will incorporation do for longtime IL residents, besides raise their taxes?

    In reading John Delfausse’s guest column in the Dec. 17 issue, I have several things that I don’t quite understand.
    He starts out by bashing Lancaster County Council on a number of issues, which I actually agree with. It’s true that poor planning has had an impact on where we are today. I doubt, however, there has ever been a council of any county or municipality that has received 100 percent support from its constituents.

  • Column: Republicans leave money in wrong pockets

    About four months ago, I was invited to the Lancaster County Democratic Party meeting. Since retiring from the school system, I have tried to avoid meetings, but I really enjoyed meeting with this group. The focus of these meetings is how we can make our community a better place in which to live.

  • Letter: Tie on red vest, help Red Cross

    Often during the holidays, one stops and looks back over the past year. For me, it’s about reflecting on what it truly means to be there for others in need.
    Seeing how much people throughout the country went through this year and seeing how the American Red Cross was there, time and time again, makes me proud to say that I support our local Red Cross.
    The torrential floods in 2015 soaked us. In 2016, it was Hurricane Matthew’s turn. This year, Irma stormed in. Every time, the American Red Cross was there.

  • Column: VTIL: Much of town’s budget would be taxes we already pay

    A huge portion of our town’s budget will come from tax money we already pay today.
    Every time money is spent in Indian Land, customers are charged a Local Option Sales Tax. That money is distributed between Lancaster County and the cities of Lancaster, Heath Springs, Kershaw and Van Wyck.
    Today, we do not have a claim on our own tax dollars. However, that changes when we become a town.
    What is the Local Option Sales Tax?