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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Tax reform: A Christmas gift to the people

    My story is no secret. I grew up in a single-parent household in North Charleston. My mom worked 16-hour days as a nurse’s aide to provide for my brother and me. At times, we had to use the oven to heat the house. There were also times when we couldn’t afford Christmas presents.

  • 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?

  • Letter: President lied about tax bill

    Thank you, Mr. Trump, for again lying about how great the tax bill would be for the middle class.
    You and Mr. Ryan gave the middle class a lump of coal as a Christmas present.
    We need to drain the president from the Washington swamp.

    Michael Jedson
    Indian Land

  • A year’s worth of stories I never predicted

    I sit in the newsroom and reflect on the 200-something stories I’ve written this year.
    Christmas songs play on the radio, which only picks up one station.
    I hear the clicks on keyboards from reporters typing holiday stories about recycled Christmas decorations, a food drive, a Santa truck, embroidered ornaments.

  • Column: Not ready for Christmas? Here’s the remedy

    It was just a throw-away question, a bit of small talk with a high school student at church two weeks ago. But when I asked whether she was ready for Christmas, she shocked me with her enthusiastic “yes.”
    “Wow,” I replied. “I’m really impressed.” She looked puzzled for a moment and then recognized the misunderstanding. “Oh, I haven’t done all my shopping and all that,” she said, explaining that she was ready for Christmas to be here.

  • Column: Sheriff Faile: Let me set record straight on IL law enforcement

    Much has been spoken and written about the future of law enforcement in Indian Land if the incorporation effort is successful.
    I want to share a few comments to set the record straight.
    Section 23-13-70 of the S.C. Code of Laws sets out the responsibilities of deputy sheriffs in our state: “The deputy sheriffs shall patrol the entire county at least twice weekly by sections assigned to each by the sheriff, remaining on duty at night when occasion and circumstances suggest the propriety thereof to prevent or detect crime or to make an arrest.”

  • Letter: Paying water bill way too difficult

    This letter concerns the Lancaster County Water and Sewer District offices. My bill is due the 15th of each month. Not the 14th, not the 13th. The 15th.
    This is mentioned because one month the 15th was on a Sunday, and when I attempted to pay my bill Monday I was told there would be a late charge because I was late and that it should have been paid the 13th (the day they were open).

  • Letter: Praying for peace this Christmas

    I am writing because I am praying that this Christmas there will be peace in the world in God’s time.
    I think about all the hatred, which I believe is being fueled by President Trump. Some say he knows he is doing this, while others say he doesn’t realize it. Let’s get real people – he knows. But only God can change a hardened heart. I believe this is what’s wrong with him.