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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Honest debate not an option anymore

    In Ken Blinko’s recent letter, he said that I call the left “disgusting” and “insane” shutting down debate right away. Yes, the word “disgusting” was used, but in regard to when the left came right out, without any facts, and blamed conservatives for the Arizona shooting. Sorry, but the word fits when you do something like that.
    As for the word “insane,” I didn’t call the left insane, though many would, I used it in the context of them trying to connect the incident to Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and such.

  • Old-fashioned still beautiful

    It was sad to read that the flower beds in front of City Hall on South Catawba Street must be removed. Many of us recall, through the years, the hours Jo Williams spent lovingly caring for the beds and roses. She devoted much of her life to the beautification and historical preservation of Lancaster.
    I hope that some of the roses she planted, or at least one, can be retained and displayed in memory of Jo Williams, the “Rose Lady.”
    Old-fashioned is still beautiful!

    Patsy Dabney
    Lancaste

  • Dangerous dog law needs to be more clear

    After several recent dog-bite incidents, we’re glad to see that Lancaster County’s dangerous dog ordinance is back on County Council’s agenda.
    Three years ago, the county passed a dangerous dog ordinance. Lancaster County Animal Control Director Joel Hinson said, for the most part, a dog must first bite a person or other animal before it’s deemed dangerous.