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Today's Opinions

  • County reframing economic development

    Nearly 30 years ago, county leaders gathered to create an entity to assist county government in its mission of developing the economic climate of Lancaster County.

    This organization became the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. and exists as a SOl-c4 nonprofit agency. The structure has undergone modification over the years, migrating from private control to county governance and back to private control.

  • Stop lying about the smoke screen

    This is in response to Rudy Schmidt’s article, “Cut through smoke screen to solve U.S. problems,”published in the Aug. 5 edition of The Lancaster News.

    What does the Confederate flag have to do with Democrats?

    The supermajority Republican S.C. Legislature in both the House and Senate voted to remove the Confederate flag, now not flying in front of the Statehouse in Columbia. What has that got to do with Democrats?

    Rudy, your Republican friends bent to overwhelming public opinion in South Carolina on this issue.

  • Angels come in all descriptions

    Myra McCants and Carl Miles have written letters expressing thanks to folks who have extended them a helping hand in times of difficulty.

    I, too, would like to thank some folks for their help. Recently, with a trunk loaded down with bags for the nearby convenience site, the needle on the gas gauge was dragging bottom and the sky was threatening with dark clouds.

    A quick trip to the Exxon station would only take a second and maybe I would beat it back home before the raindrops. 

  • Shooting suspect should face jury

    I read the recent article about the individual who was shot during a recent armed robbery attempt at M&R Mini Mart.

    I know the victim, and I consider him a friend. The suspect who shot my friend will eventually have to face justice.

    I had a career of almost 30 years in law enforcement, and I’ve seen many terrible things. The suspect will probably say he isn’t to blame, because of the system.

    I recently spoke with the wife of the shooting victim. He is in a battle for his life, and the life he knew is gone.

  • Council’s workshop left out some key items

    Each August, Lancaster County Council takes a luxurious three- or four-day working vacation on Hilton Head Island for the S.C. Association of Counties meeting. Often, they have a meeting during this vacation and so it was be this year, although it is a work session, not a regular meeting.

    Council planned to review its current list of projects, a 93-page agenda available online on the county website, under council agendas. It is interesting to review some of the things that made the list, and some that did not.

    Some projects from council’s list:

  • Indian Land deserves a better post office

    I fully agree with William Chick’s statement about U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham vs U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney.

    He is lucky - at least he received a reply from Mr. Mulvaney`s office, although a useless one.

    After I read Rep. Mulvaney`s letter in the Carolina Gateway I wrote him, too, suggesting alternatives, with no response as of today.

    I pointed out that the gas station currently “serving” as a substation is a worst-case scenario as a solution.

  • Chick should have called Mulvaney’s aide

    I read with interest William Chick’s recent letter regarding getting U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham’s help with the post office in Indian Land.

    All you had to do was call Congressman Mick Mulvaney’s Rock Hill office and ask for the aide involved with postal issues.

    She could have reassured you that they are in the process of looking for a new location. It seems they have a building available, but need a contractor to take on this project.

    Believe me, the congressman is well aware of all the postal issues in Indian Land.

  • SchoolTools drive collects supplies in county

    As the summer of 2015 draws to a close, many families are trying to find that moment to take the last family trip to the beach or to their favorite vacation spot before kids return to school.

    For Lancaster County residents, school is set to start on Aug. 17, so time is running out for family vacations, but most importantly, getting ready to return to school.

    Every year, many Lancaster County students come to school unprepared, lacking vital tools and resources needed to do the classwork assigned to them. This is where you and I can make a difference.