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Today's Opinions

  • Congrats to schools and district for report cards

    When your children improve their grades on their report card, you praise them. You may even reward them. Likewise, when our schools and school district improve their grades on their report cards, they deserve our praise.
    Lancaster County School District and its four high schools recently received their report cards from the state. Three of the high schools and the district overall showed improvement in both of the state’s ratings. Six of the district’s elementary and middle schools also showed improvement in their ratings, which were announced in November.

  • Emperor has no clothes - the sequel

    Since the publication of my guest column on March 9, I have been stopped in stores and on the street and have received numerous calls, cards, e-mails, letters, messages, not only from Lancaster County and Kershaw residents, but from residents of other counties and states – some from people I do not even know. These people are male, female, liberal, conservative, Democrat, Republican and of different ethnicities. Concern about a policy for the wasting of taxpayer money seems to cut across all sorts of lines.

  • Great American Cleanup set for Saturday

    Indian Land’s participation in the Great American Cleanup kicks off on Saturday, as the Indian Land Community Clean-up Week begins. Volunteers will be throughout the Indian Land community during the week of April 2-9 picking up litter discarded on our local roads. Please slow down and drive carefully when you see volunteers.

  • Help needed with Family Promise fundraiser

    Almost a year ago, Family Promise had a huge yard sale that was very prosperous. Along with the much needed funds that were raised, there was more awareness and appreciation gained throughout Lancaster County and even Chester County.

  • 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.