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Today's Opinions

  • Legislators feather own nests despite hard times

    The Sept. 23 edition of USA Today lead with a front-page story about how state legislatures set aside extra-lucrative pensions for themselves. This is nothing new; there have been media reports for years about the practice of legislating one’s own pay and pensions. It’s not just the federal Congress that gets away with this practice.
    The state with one of the worst records of setting themselves up with huge pension benefits is our own conservative South Carolina.

  • Protesters focus on gap between haves, have-nots

    I have been watching the news coverage of the protests against Wall Street. As I listen to the points the protesters are trying to make, I am reminded of the old saying, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” I am also reminded of the saying, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

  • BZA’s ruling baffling

    The recent Lancaster County Board of Zoning Appeals vote to overturn the county decision on the nonconforming-use status of Thomas Concrete left us scratching our heads.
    What looked like a simple case of a plant losing its grandfathered status, and thus its right to operate, got a lot more complicated at the Oct. 11 BZA hearing.

  • We need to recapture our historical spirit of discovery

    Last week we celebrated one of our nation’s most overlooked holidays – Columbus Day, the annual observance of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in the Americas. It was Oct. 12, 1492, that the explorer first spotted land after a two-month voyage from Europe.
    Columbus Day has been a federal holiday since 1970.
    Today, it is primarily observed in schools, used to teach students a history lesson about America’s dawning days.

  • Incorporating Indian Land will cost us taxpayers a lot of money

    I would like to respond to the article published in the newspaper  concerning the incorporation of Indian Land.
    We moved here from New York after being taxed out of our home by the state, county, school district and city. Everybody wants a piece of you.
    We looked at other states and areas in the South. We finally found an area here in Lancaster County that we couldn’t believe. Low taxes, low power bills and a beautiful place to live out our lives.

  • Pettit earned gold title

    It has been a whale of a season for Lancaster High School junior swimmer Jory Pettit.
    Pettit capped the 2011 swim campaign with an individual state crown in the 50-yard  freestyle at the recent Class AAAA state swim meet.
    Pettit brilliantly topped a tough field, edging Byrnes High School’s Alex Wood by a slim margin.
    Pettit’s winning 21.47 was the result of a fast finish. Wood, who won the 100-yard freestyle state crown, was a close second in 21.61.

  • We should show support for our local congressman

    As I wander around our area (the Panhandle and Lancaster), listening and talking to all different types of people, I am coming across a universal thread of discontent. Some of it legitimate (based on the wants and needs of the individual), some just complaining.
    It’s time that we put aside our allegiances to party, etc., and remember that we are Americans first. The labels that we all seem to love are just getting in the way.

  • Duke’s rate increase is an example of greed

    Recently, Duke Energy requested a rate hike increase ranging from 15 to 20 percent.
    The sole responsibility for granting a rate hike increase rests in the hands of our S.C. Public Service Commission.
    Members of the commission are appointed by your elected representative in Columbia.
    Duke’s increase will not only increase your electric bill at home, it will also increase the cost of your food, clothing or anything bought by you, the consumer, even the amount of sales tax paid on goods.