Today's Opinions

  • Public deserves access to EMS performance info

    If you want to find out how long it takes for a publicly funded Emergency Medical Services crew to respond to a call in South Carolina, forget it. It’s secret.

    An obscure state law, passed some years ago at the request of the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), casts a blanket of secrecy over all EMS information.

    State Sen. Harvey Peeler, R-Gaffney, is working hard to fix the problem and amend the current law, but now another secrecy issue has come up.

  • Hammond defends Sen. Mick Mulvaney

    I read Stanley Smith’s column last week attacking S.C. Sen. Mick Mulvaney. As I was on Lancaster County Council at the same time as Smith, I thought I may be in a good position to point out the many, many things he was wrong about.

    First, let me point out that I am a friend of Mick Mulvaney. I have known him for several years and spent time with him and his family. I have seen him at work in this community. I worked to help get him elected to the state Legislature and am working to help get him elected to the U.S. Congress.

  • Excellent customer service still to be found

    I am writing to express my delight at an experience I had at a Lancaster restaurant recently.

    My family and I were returning from an exhausting trip to Louisiana, and, having flown into Lancaster County Airport, were eager to go and get something to eat. We arrived at one of our favorite restaurants, Bo-Thai on S.C. 9, only to discover that we had missed their lunch hours by a few minutes.

    While we were standing at the door, the gentleman inside, who I presume was one of the owners, opened the door and invited us in.

  • 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.