Today's Opinions

  • Open government promoted on Madison’s birthday

    I was recently honored by the S.C. State Library for my work in creating the state’s transparency website. It was part of an awards ceremony recognizing individuals and government agencies that advance the cause of open government.
     The ceremony was held on March 16, which was quite fitting. For one thing, March 16 is the birthday of James Madison, one of our nation’s earliest advocates of government transparency.

  • Reckless tax cuts root of the problem

    I feel I must respond to Congressman Mick Mulvaney’s column, “Mulvaney explains what  government shutdown means,” published in the March 11 edition of The Lancaster News.
    That same column appeared in several others papers across the area.
    I do find it odd that Mulvaney’s opinions seem to be aired regularly in some papers, but not in my local Rock Hill Herald.
    I would like to address some of the congressman’s opinions about why the federal government is spending too much money.

  • Please require developers to preserve green space

    I really hope that all the new development in Indian Land will be thoughtfully laid out.
    As green space is lost, I hope developers will be expected to build it into their new plazas, sidewalks and community-type centers of gathering.
    I am thinking of playgrounds with tables and chairs so folks can gather and talk by fountains, while their kids play in green areas.
    It would be unfortunate if Indian Land becomes yet another concrete jungle.

    Becky Moore
    Indian Land

  • Those who are struggling need our help

    There was a story about the unemployment rate in Lancaster County dropping from 15.6 percent in December 2010 to 14.6 percent in January in the March 20 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Statistically, that appears to be good news – that our county’s jobless rate dropped 1 percent. But those statistics mean nothing to those who’ve lost their jobs, exhausted their unemployment benefits and drained their 401k and bank accounts.

  • Big Thursday a big boost for college students

    It doesn’t take a great deal of thinking to see these are not the best of times in Lancaster.
    Recently a longtime bypass restaurant closed its doors. Gas prices have soared since last year.
    As they say, we have to take the good with the bad. There has been some recent good that impacts our future.
    Big Thursday of Lancaster Inc., recently presented checks of $16,000 each to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster and Clemson University. The money is used for scholarships to deserving Lancaster County youth, who attend these schools.

  • Community has opportunity to honor veterans of all wars

    Editor’s note: Veterans Remembered is the second in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for all veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support for the Veterans
    Monument Project.
    The response received from Veterans Remembered has been tremendous. A gratitude of thanks to each of you who responded and to the news media for its part in agreeing to follow the project to completion.

  • Council Chairwoman Sistare responds to Tindal’s column

    In his March 9 guest column, “Emperor has no clothes,” Will Tindal made some observations and drew some conclusions based upon a report presented to Lancaster County Council at our recent strategic planning session.

  • Writer praises A.R. Rucker Middle School

    I would like to congratulate several people at A.R. Rucker Middle School. First is Adam Bailey who was the Spelling Bee champ.
    I congratulate Principal Phil Mickles, his staff and all the parents who stand behind their children when the going gets tough. They support their children all the way through.
    My neighbor’s daughter was chosen for The Emerging Young Leaders for academics program that extends achievement through leadership, education, civic engagement and character. She is also a student at A.R. Rucker.