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Today's Opinions

  • Republicans are also using scare tactics

    It’s interesting to note that in the July 31 edition of this paper, Sandy McGarry’s column, “President using fear mongering to address debt ceiling,” accuses President Barack Obama and other Democrats of using scare tactics on the public. I find this ironic since the Republicans had no qualms about using these same kind of tactics during the 2010 elections.
    Hopefully, by the time this letter sees print, the debt ceiling will have been raised or extended and much of this letter may be rendered moot.

  • Alcohol sales on Sunday have nothing to do with eating out

    I’m writing concerning Sunday alcohol sales.
    If God’s people let this pass and do nothing about it, how is the love of God in us?
    In Indian Land, there are several restaurants to eat at. This is not about eating out: it’s all about the mighty dollar.
    No alcohol sales on Sunday is all that is left in this county that shows respect for God’s day.
    Lancaster County needs God, not alcohol sales on Sunday.

  • Don’t let law enforcement, USCL suffer

    I am very proud of Lancaster County Council and its efforts to bring us up to date on several fronts – the upgrades for our EMS and fire departments, the new courthouse, which we can all take pride in, and the support it gives our law enforcement.
    In recent coverage of the County Council meeting discussing the budget, I was concerned that some of our council members – after studying the budget for three months could not vote for “a blank sheet of paper.” Did Councilman Cotton Cole miss the meetings or was it an error on his part saying those words?

  • Consider serious options for improving our roads

    John Baker

    During the last few months, there have been several letters to the editor in respect to the deplorable condition of the roads in Lancaster County.

    None of us are happy with the deteriorating pavement, potholes and the increasingly questionable safety of the bridges, small and large.

    However, before we can come to terms with the problem and enact a solution, we must first come to terms with the costs to be incurred (i.e., what is the real cost of road maintenance).

  • Faris left her mark on Indian Land High

    The start of the 2011-12 school term will feature David Shamble in the principal’s office at Indian Land High School. Shamble, a former assistant principal since 2007, is replacing Kathy Faris.

    Faris, the IL principal for the last five years, resigned her post in mid-July, about a month before the start of the upcoming school term.

    Shamble, who considers Faris his mentor,  will no doubt continue many of the initiatives she started. But he will also have his own  agenda for the Class AA high school.

  • Help needy students get school supplies

    It’s hard to believe that school is starting in just a few days. It seems like it was just yesterday that students and teachers were wrapping up the school year and looking forward to summer break. 

    Now teachers and other school personnel are busy preparing classrooms, unpacking books and planning study lessons.

    And many students and their parents are busy preparing for the new year by buying clothes and school supplies.

    But many families struggle getting back-to-school wardrobes and school supplies.

  • Tax-free what?

    By now you’ve no doubt heard of South Carolina’s annual back-to-school tradition called the Sales Tax Holiday.

    Now in its 12th year, the first weekend in August event has become the time for savings-conscientious parents to stock up on all their children’s back-to-school needs from crayons to corsets.

    Locally, the sales and use tax holiday means a savings of 8 cents per dollar ... Wait a minute. Corsets? 

    Yes, corsets. You didn’t read that wrong. 

  • U.S. needs solution, not ‘deal’ on debt ceiling and spending

    There is a very good chance that by the time you read this, Congress will have already sent debt-ceiling legislation to the president to sign. However, I went ahead and wrote this column in order to get information to you as quickly as possible.
    This column addresses the “Boehner plan,” put forth by Majority Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-Ohio), which I voted against.
    Here’s why: