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Today's Opinions

  • Dangerous dog laws need to be tightened

    I felt such compassion for the Landires after reading “Dog bite saga leaves Indian Land family upset” in the Feb. 11 edition. I’m fed up with the constant stories of these horrible dog attacks.
    It sounds like the dangerous-dog ordinance is like so many other antiquated local laws that were created for times when Indian Land and Lancaster County were sparsely populated and very rural.  
    With a heavy increase in population, the rules of any community need to be adjusted to protect the safety and peaceful existence of all.

  • Dump Obamacare, concentrate on budget

    Doug Huffstetler’s letter to the editor, “Mulvaney not practicing what he preaches,” regarding Rep. Mulvaney’s health care is what I would call classic jealous Democrat whining.
    Why does the writer not also consider federal, state and local union employees, who profess to want to serve us, but do not want the same benefit expense we have? Hypocrites.

  • Race car drivers don’t need millions of dollars

    I’m a resident of Lancaster, but right now I am at the Myrtle Beach. I buy The Sun News while I’m at the beach.
    I recently read in the sports section where our tax dollars are being spent or given to race car drivers for advertisement. Dale Earnhardt Jr. got $20 million; Ryan Newman received $7.4 million and A.J. Allemendinger got $1.6 million. This was justified by saying it is necessary for recruiting. As far as I know, they have recruiting offices in towns over our United States. This is another excuse for foolish spending.

  • There is a Democrat option on April 12

    April 12 is only a few weeks away and the voters of Lancaster County will be making a choice as to whom they want to represent them in the S.C. Senate District 16 seat. This Senate seat is important for several reasons, especially the redistricting of the state since the last census. The other is finding ways to make our state solvent with a responsible and moral budget. Our budget woes should not be solved on the backs of our elderly, disabled and less fortunate. These are only a couple of reasons to put right thinking and responsible people in these offices to represent us.

  • Writer questions costs of projects

    I would like to thank Will Tindal for his column, “Emperor has no clothes.” Taxpayers need to know what is going on with their money.
    County Council needs to remember where they came from before they give our tax dollars away. I was at the action council meeting on March 7 and overheard Keith Tunnel, president of Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., patting himself on the back about Lancaster County having four projects going on at the same time. He said this has never happened before. I never heard about what it cost taxpayers.

  • Plyler served Lancaster County well

    A fixture in Lancaster County government is now in a well-deserved retirement.
    Irene Plyler, Lancaster County Council’s first clerk, has retired after 33 years at the job assisting council and the county administrator.
    Plyler recently was honored with a retirement party which drew family, friends and co-workers.
    Plyler, during her time as council’s clerk, served under three different administrators, including Carroll Huffman, Chap Hurst and Steve Willis.

  • Stand with us for transparency, accountability in government

    Editor’s note: South Carolina and the nation mark Sunshine Week, March 13-19. Gov. Nikki Haley offers this commentary about the importance of open government.

    In the latter part of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as prime minister of Great Britain, she said, “No government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first.”

  • South Carolina taxpayers need to see how government spends its money

    It was three years ago this month that I unveiled the state’s first transparency website, giving taxpayers a central site to view itemized expenditures for state agencies. The idea was simple: People work hard for their money, and they deserve easy, click-of-a-mouse access to details about how government uses their tax dollars.