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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Government isn’t meant to tax away income inequality

    In his Friday opinion column, Bobby Collins made an impassioned argument concerning income inequality, a common Democratic talking point.
    The Declaration of Independence asserts that certain rights are unalienable, and “that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution asserts that you will be happy or that you will achieve your desires.

  • Letter: New post office should be in center of IL

    Regarding the new U.S. post office in the 29707 ZIP code – the area known as Indian Land.
    Postal officials were quoted as saying they have listened to the people and have moved the location of the new 29707 post office west of Lowe’s near S.C. 160.
    I don’t believe they listen too good.  
    Why do we need a new post office only a few miles from the Fort Mill 29715 post office? Why do we want it close to the North Carolina state line?

  • Letter: Transplant will vote no to incorporation

    I read with dismay the news about the Indian Land incorporation initiative. I am relocating with my family from Pennsylvania to South Carolina for the warm weather, nice people and especially the low taxes and low cost of living.

  • Column: 70 hospitalizations, 1 death across S.C. this flu season

    Have you had your flu vaccine yet? It is not too late.
    You can be infected with the flu year-round, but the most prevalent time is from October to March. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that everyone age 6 months or older receive an influenza vaccine every year.

  • Column: Legislature must address long-term fix for pensions

    Editor’s note: In a column Friday, Rep. Newton addressed changes needed after the abandonment of the V.C. Summer nuclear power plant. Here is Part Two of his preview of the legislative session that begins in January.

    Flying under the radar this offseason has been the second half of state pension reform.
    While legislators passed a fix for the current system this year that keeps the plan solvent for the next couple of decades, this was a temporary solution and not the end of these reform efforts.

  • Column: Income distribution shows clout of the rich in setting U.S. policy

    In the Nov. 24 Lancaster News, Rudy Schmidt responded to my Nov. 15 column about how Democratic policies help the middle class.
    I appreciate the cordial nature of Mr. Schmidt’s comments. In his article he asked me to give the basis for my statements. I will try succinctly to do just that.
    The Gini Coefficient, a measure of income distribution, has been increasing in the United States since 1980. (That means the middle class has been shrinking and the few very rich have been getting richer. Also, real wages have been decreasing.)

  • Column: Lawmakers need to deal with nuclear plant debacle

    The General Assembly will be back in session starting in January, and although this year’s session covered a lot of ground, the next one likely will bring big challenges.
    Today, I’ll explain one of those issues – the abandonment of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant project in Fairfield County. Part two of my legislative preview Sunday will deal with pension reform and the opioid crisis.

  • Column: Sheriff’s Indian Land estimates raise parity issue across county

    Friday’s Lancaster News article on law-enforcement costs for an incorporated Indian Land highlights a significant discrepancy in charges for similar services throughout the county.
    Until this year, the sheriff’s office provided law enforcement services for the incorporated area of Heath Springs. When the cost for those services increased from $23,500 to $38,500 earlier this year, Heath Springs chose not to renew the contract.  Presumably, they still receive some level of coverage from the sheriff because they are still part of Lancaster County.