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Today's Opinions

  • ILMS’ good character is a shining example

    The  2010-11 school term has been an award-winning year for the Indian Land area schools.
    Earlier this spring, Indian Land High School earned a pair of Palmetto Gold awards. Those honors were quite a coup for academic success at the Lancaster County Panhandle Class AA high school.
    Now Indian Land Middle School is in the spotlight again with its second national award.

  • Miracle baby turns 1 today

    Ariel Janay Stevenson came into this world weighing only 15 ounces and was only given a 40-60 percent chance of living.
    Now our miracle baby turns 1 year old. We are so blessed to have Ariel here with us today. Thank God and thanks to family and friends who prayed for our little miracle.
    Ariel spent nearly 3 months at Levine’s Children Hospital in Charlotte. She received two blood transfusions and several types of medicines and antibiotics to keep her little body going.

  • Residents need jobs, not higher taxes and fees

    I would like to address Lancaster County Council members: How do you expect people to pay more property taxes and road fees when they can’t afford to feed themselves. Steve Willis, if you don’t lose your county administrator job when Lancaster County goes broke, are you going to pay the extra $5 road fee for everyone?
    Why doesn’t council work as hard to bring jobs to Lancaster as it does trying to squeeze everyone for more money?

    Jean Melton
    Lancaster
     

  • Tax increases, substandard services not options

    I read about proposed tax increases and it appears that again government thinks that the Obama propaganda about the recesssion being over is true.  
    Foreclosures continue, sales lag, home values continue to drop, unemployment remains very high as do oil prices and the federal debt ceiling has been hit.

  • Council should cut spending, not raise taxes

    I personally think homeowners pay enough taxes on their property. Lancaster County Council should look for ways elsewhere for the extra money they feel like they need.
    The federal government feels that the cost of living hasn’t increased therefore senior citizens who depend mostly on Social Security for their income haven’t received a raise in more than two years and I understand that we won’t get one this year either.

  • County should provide funeral escorts

    I would like to address an issue with Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile. I think it is pretty bad when you will no longer provide an officer escort for a funeral.
    It is bad enough when people don’t respect a funeral line to stop when they meet one. But to not have an officer at intersections and stoplights has just about hit the bottom of the bucket.
    Not everyone can afford to hire an officer to guide traffic for them.  
    Pete Melton
    Lancaste

  • Writer praises AJ graduation ceremony

    I attended Andrew Jackson High School graduation on May 27. That was the most well-carried out graduation I have ever attended.
    I commend Principal Mary Barry, the faculty and students for their roles. The AJ graduation was done with respect to the principal, faculty, students and the guests who attended the event.  Thank you, Andrew Jackson High School.

    Sallye J. Estridge
    Lancaster
     

  • Long explains Amazon vote

    Long explains Amazon vote

    Last week’s Amazon decision was the single most difficult vote I have taken as a legislator. In the end, putting people to work and food on their table is an immediate need and requires immediate attention. However, it does not fix the longer, real job creation act of tax reform. 

    Amazon means jobs