Today's Opinions

  • Debate issues in a respectful manner

    I am writing in response to Lynne Carrroll’s sarcastic and misleading letter, “Spratt should focus on jobs for constituents,” in the Feb. 12 edition of The Lancaster News. The author said she was absolutely infuriated because Congressman Spratt and a delegation of members of the House Budget Committee had traveled to Afghanistan.

  • Facilities needed addition to ballfields

    This time next year when the 2011 Lancaster County high school spring sports season rolls around, facilities at county schools will be improved. The upgrades can’t come quick enough.

    Much-needed restroom facilities are scheduled upgrades for softball and baseball fields at the county schools.

    Those improvements can only make attending games at those designated sites that much better.

  • Accurate census count vital to all of us

    In the next week you should be getting a Census questionnaire in the mail. The form has 10 questions and is estimated to take 10 minutes to fill out.

    After the official Census kickoff in January, we encouraged everyone to fill the form out and make sure everyone in their household is counted. We outlined the critical reasons then for completing the form and will reiterate them.

  • 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.