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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.