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Today's Opinions

  • New fire department fails to mention history

    The new Pleasant Valley Fire Department, which officially opened in February, held its grand opening on April 2. It is a beautiful building and I am very pleased with its progress over the years.
    I can remember when there was no fire department in Indian Land. The closest was in Fort Mill.
    I was raised in Indian Land and although I no longer live there I do own property in the Pleasant Valley area.

  • Lancaster could lose Senate seat if Gregory not elected

    The special election to fill the S.C. Senate District 16 seat will be one of the most important for Lancaster County in recent history. In a few weeks, the General Assembly will begin the redistricting process and redraw the lines for all Senate districts. Currently, half of the district’s residents live in Lancaster and the other half are in York County. Our neighboring county has grown considerably since the last census and will likely gain a Senate seat.

  • Vote for Brann on April 12

    In my opinion, Keith Brann should be elected to serve as our senator for District 16. He has fresh new ideas that would benefit families that desperately need help in these troubled times.
    Mr. Brann supports government accountability, public education, tax reform and term limits.
    I appreciate the fact that he wants to eliminate the tax on clothing.
    This could help families put more food on the table for their children.

  • Indian Land Democratic Club endorses Brann

    The Indian Land Democratic Club is proud to announce its endorsement of Keith Brann for South Carolina Senate, District 16.
    Brann is running on a platform that includes business and job recruitment, tax reform, term limits, spending transparency, support for public education, green technology and open and accountable government.
    As a group of voters, we feel that it is important to elect qualified candidates to public office.

  • Jordan is deserving of recent elite status

    When Phillip Mickles left South Middle School to become the A.R. Rucker Middle principal, he knew he was moving to a good situation in education, which included a top-notch media specialist.
    How good?
    Now she’s the best in the state.
    A.R. Rucker media specialist Leigh Jordan was recently named Media Specialist of the Year by the S.C. Association of School Librarians.
    “She is the best,” Mickles said. “Our media center is the hub of the school and she is a major reason our school is so successful.”

  • Taxpayers need list of incentives offered to new companies

    It’s getting harder and harder to believe anything that our Lancaster County Council says anymore. I’m out and about Lancaster County daily and it seems that other county residents have the same thoughts.
    As I read County Council Chairwoman Kathy Sistare’s column, I was trying to figure out which part was the truth and which wasn’t.

  • Tax day is an opportunity to reflect

     April 15 is a day many of us have come to dread – Tax Day. It’s the deadline for millions of Americans to file their taxes and turn over their hard-earned money to the government. Actually, the federal government extended this year’s tax deadline to April 18.

  • Team effort pays off for sheriff’s office

    There’s plenty of reason for an upbeat attitude at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office these days. The sheriff’s office recently received its accreditation.
    The achievement earned Lancaster County the distinction of being the 44th state law enforcement agency of 290 statewide to earn its accreditation and the only the 11th state sheriff’s office to reach the elite status.
    The accreditation means the sheriff’s office is a more professional agency, increasing officer morale and providing better service for county residents.