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Today's Opinions

  • Cigarette tax solution for S.C. woes

    A great deal of debate ensued recently when I announced a proposal to raise South Carolina’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax to the national average, with the proceeds split between health care and education. I remain convinced that this is the right course of action for our state.

  • Arrowood doesn’t want to be in city

    On Tuesday, Feb. 9, Lancaster City Council will vote on an ordinance to annex four Arrowood Estates lots into the city. If it passes, this vote will open the door for more of Arrowood to be annexed.

    In 1962, my father started development of a subdivision outside the city limits. With him, our family trekked through deep woods as he imagined and planned how this subdivision would evolve. He found an arrow that would determine the name for his, and others, dream, Arrowood.

  • Education Oversight Committee not needed

    I am writing this letter as a businessman, parent, taxpayer, a fiscal conservative and former chair of the State Board of Education. We have an opportunity in South Carolina to reduce some of the public education bureaucracy in Columbia by sunsetting the Education Oversight Committee (EOC.)

    I ask the General Assembly to support the bill introduced by Rep. Bakari Sellers (D-Bamberg), which will do exactly this.

  • Santa Train event was a disappointment

    The following letter was sent to the See Lancaster Committee on Dec. 31, 2009. We asked for a response. As of Feb. 22, 2010, we have not had a response.

    Dear Committee Members:

    The Santa Train has become a tradition that has been enjoyed by many children and adults, also. We have taken our grandchildren to ride the train, which is an enjoyable ride, and enjoyed the food, activities and talking with Santa for a number of years. Everything had been an enjoyable experience until this year.

  • Spratt should focus on jobs for constituents

    I read an article in The Lancaster News that absolutely infuriated me. While the people in the 5th Congressional District have an overwhelming unemployment rate, our Congressman John Spratt waltzes off to Afghanistan.

    Now what did John Spratt think he was going to accomplish there?

    How about staying either in Washington or your district in South Carolina and finding companies that might want to relocate to the 5th District and employ your constituents?

  • Soldier's mother grateful for community support

    To Lowe’s Home Improvement, Bob Clemmer and Lancaster Tours, to the drivers for Lancaster Tours who volunteered their time and wages during the Christmas season, to the many individuals in Lancaster, Rock Hill, York and surrounding areas, to 103.7FM radio station and their listeners, to Home Depot, to Jenny Arnold and The Lancaster News, and lastly to any other businesses, groups or individuals who donated money, gifts, time and prayers for the soldiers of the 174th MAC National Guard Unit Wellford, SC and the 1222nd National Guard Unit Fort Mill, S.C., we would like to say thank you.

  • Defense firm will get warm welcome

    Jobs. That’s what Lancaster County needs more of, and that’s   what Lancaster County is going to get.

    Defense Venture Group, which provides management services for several aerospace and defense-sector companies, announced last week that it would move its operations to Indian Land.

    The company will move its manufacturing, research and development functions and headquarters to the building beginning in March. Defense Venture is committing to invest $24 million in the county and to bring 220 jobs.

  • Subscriber appreciates delivery during storm

    My appreciation goes to the person who delivers my newspaper.

    It was a pleasure to go to the mailbox on Sunday morning on Jan. 31, and have my newspaper waiting despite all of the snow and ice.  

    I did not receive The Observer that nor my mail on Saturday. I have been subscribing to The Lancaster News for 34 years and have never not had my paper delivered despite weather like snow or Hugo.