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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Outreach Project director thanks community for support

    On behalf of the Lancaster County Outreach Project and Lancaster County Partners for Youth, I’d like to thank the community so much for whole-heartedly embracing the Outreach Project since it started two years ago.
    The Outreach Project exists to enhance the lives of abused and neglected children in our county, who are in foster care or under the supervision of the Department of Social Services in Lancaster County.

  • County loses every time council bribes company

    County loses every time council bribes company
    Editor’s note: Lancaster resident Bill Craig wrote the following letter to members of Lancaster County Council.
    I hope you and other members of Lancaster County Council read Will Tindal’s guest column, “Emperor has no clothes,” in the March 9 edition of The Lancaster News.