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Today's Opinions

  • Let council know that we want best for our future

    I am concerned about Lancaster County Council and the citizens of Lancaster County. Now that my children are older, I have turned my sights on keeping our county afloat amidst the financial uncertainty.

  • Purpose of courthouse is to administer justice

    Editor’s note: The following is speech given by Robert Folks, president of the Lancaster County Bar Association at the dedication of the new Lancaster County Courthouse on May 12.
    My name is Robert Folks and it is my honor to serve as president of the Lancaster County Bar Association at the time of this momentous occasion.
    I am reminded today of comments made by my fellow attorney, Mitch Norrell, at the groundbreaking for this facility not so many months ago. He served then as president of the local bar as I am today.

  • Financial meeting a positive step for South Carolina

    On June 14, Gov. Nikki Haley hosted a meeting between state government’s financial leaders and representatives of Standard and Poor’s, one of the nation’s most highly-respected credit rating agencies.

  • Visit both courthouses on Sunday

    Area residents are in for a treat. In between Father’s Day and the annual weekend of July Fourth celebrations is a significant date in Lancaster County.
    The grand opening for the new Lancaster County Courthouse is 2 to 5 p.m Sunday.
    The event is open to the public and area residents are encouraged to attend the grand opening.

  • Knight has witnessed the Main Street transformation

    Hazel Knight recalls Main Street, Lancaster, as it was more than 60 years ago. Knight was 11 years old in 1943 when he went to work for James and Etta Robinson in their clothing store. He swept and mopped the wooden floors and dusted the counters and shelves and ran errands.

  • Now is time to voice opinion on tax hikes

    Lancaster County Council will hold its final vote Monday, June 27, on the county’s 2011-12 budget.
    The $33,333,179 budget includes tax hikes of 1.2 mills in the county’s general fund, a one-tenth of a mill increase in the University of South Carolina Lancaster fund and an increase of $5 in the county road fee.

  • ‘Chinese’ auction is not an appropriate term

    I would like to express my concern over an expression that is frequently used in The Lancaster News. Almost once a week, some group suggests that it will be holding a Chinese auction.
    I believe some other description would be more appropriate. I do not understand how it is acceptable to use an adjective describing more than one billion of the world’s population to describe an auction.
    If this is acceptable, then perhaps other ethnic groups would not mind if their names were hooked onto specific fundraisers.

    Ken Hazen
    Charlotte

  • Writer wants same appraiser county uses

    There was a story in the June 15 edition of The Lancaster New about residents concerned about proposed tax hikes by Lancaster County Council.
    The story said council bought property for the Buford EMS station for $233,038 and that price was based on appraised value.
    The county will now be spending taxpayer money to demolish and remove the buildings on the new EMS property in addition to building the new station. My issue is not with having a new EMS station in Buford, because I definetly think one is needed. My issue is with the amount of spending by County Council.