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Today's Opinions

  • County seks to untangle Edenmoor quagmire

    Lancaster County Council is moving in the right direction to get the county untangled, to some degree, from the Edenmoor development in Indian Land.

    Last week, council decided to proceed with the condemnation process, a legal step necessary for the county to get its due – an Emergency Medical Services station and a 68-acre park.

    Both the EMS station and the park were supposed to be given to the county as part of the development agreement for Edenmoor, which is situated on 800 acres off U.S. 521 between Jim Wilson Road and S.C. 75.

  • Morgan's honor no surprise

    Lancaster County Auditor Cheryl Morgan received quite a nice surprise when she attended the S.C. Association of Auditors, Treasures and Tax Collectors’ annual meeting Feb. 5.

    Morgan had no idea she was the recipient of the highly regarded L.H. Sonny Siau Award of Excellence.

    “I was totally surprised,” said Morgan, who was touched by the honor. “I just cried. It was really emotional.”

    The coveted award is named in honor of the former auditor of Georgetown County.

  • Newspaper delivery man went the 'extra mile' for couple

    I wish to tell you how much I appreciated our paper delivery man on Saturday, Jan. 30.

    I looked out the window and saw him pull up to our paper box and I thought to myself “the paper will have to stay until the weather clears up.”

    Then he got out of his car and started toward our home.I tried to meet him at the door, but couldn’t move fast enough. He knocked as I was trying to meet him.

  • Being an American means freedom, responsibility

    When I think of America and what it means to me, I have to pause and collect my thoughts because it means so much more than hot dogs, parades, bands, balloons and fliers.

    It means more than the fancy speeches that politicians always seem to come up with, although they rarely know anything about the way most Americans live.

    To me, America means the right to live my life just as I choose. It means I have the right to vote or not to vote, the right to walk down Main Street in my sandals and shorts or ride down Main Street in my Cadillac.

  • County right to ban tobacco

    On Feb. 22, County Council will vote on third reading of an ordinance that bans smoking and use of other types of tobacco products in all county-owned buildings and vehicles.

    It looks like there is enough support to get the ban approved. Council voted unanimously on first reading, then 6-1 on second reading.

  • Seniors grateful for Hillside Class of 1970 gift

    The Lancaster County Council on Aging Heath Springs lunch bunch community seniors and Mount Calvary Outreach seniors are truly appreciative for the gift of love from the class of Hillside Highside Class of 1970 for the shoe box gift. The boxes contained useful items that we all need and will carry us well into the new year.

    Each time we use them, we will certainly think of you. In spite of the economy, you came through for us to make our Christmas merrier and we are elated that you remembered us in such a special way.

  • Taxpayers deserve better from employment agency

    One of the most important things any government entity should do is ensure there is proper accounting for public funds so that taxpayer dollars are spent wisely and opportunities for waste or fraud are minimized. That’s as true for small town government as it is for state government.

    Unfortunately, the goals of doing careful bookkeeping, providing strong financial oversight and being transparent with how money is spent are often paid mere lip service by those in charge of government purse-strings.

  • Lawson's Bend not a subsidiary of GS Carolina

    I wanted to correct some information in the recent editorial: “County seeks to untangle Edenmoor quagmire.” Lawson’s Bend LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of L.M. Sandler & Son of Virginia Beach, Va.

    Lawson’s Bend hired GS Carolina to oversee the development of Edenmoor. As of March 2009, GS Carolina is no longer affiliated with Lawson’s Bend and is no longer on the Edenmoor Homeowners Association Board, since they obviously have nothing to develop.