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Today's Opinions

  • County should reconsider building courthouse

    As I walked from my paper box this beautiful, warm Sunday morning, reading the headline article entitled “Budget is county’s 800-pound gorilla” by Jenny Hartley, I was dumbfounded by the contradiction that was the article itself.

    Perhaps it is my own lack of understanding that leads to question as to why the county would think it was a good idea to go forward with millions of dollars in spending on things it could clearly do without right now.

  • Imagine our county without USCL

    Many of you know me. I have taught philosophy and logic at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster for nearly 27 years. I have served as dean since 2001. My wife works at Brooklyn Springs Elementary School. My three children have gone to the public schools here, and the oldest two started their college careers at USCL. My youngest is a junior at Lancaster High School.

    In all those years I have never written an editorial. I have purposefully avoided politics and public arguments, choosing instead to concentrate on what this area needs most – more education.

  • Tranparency in government matters

    Our governor got a lot of attention a week or so ago when he threatened to refuse to borrow unemployment benefits money from the federal government until the South Carolina Employment Security Commission provided some details on how it operates.

    And while the details of that move could make a good column in itself, I think it is worthwhile to use it as an introduction into the issue of “government transparency,” which promises to be a hot topic when the Legislature returns to Columbia this week.

  • Compromise on tower a winning solution

    Ever since the announcement that a new water tower would be built near the Indian Land schools, there has been controversy surrounding it.

    First, people were concerned about the safety of the 1-million-gallon elevated storage tank because of its proximity to the elementary and middle schools.

    Then, once construction got under way, it was labeled a “landmark wart” by Scott Bruntmyer, who lives in the Lakeview Landing neighborhood, which has, unfortunately, a clear view of the tower.

  • Show Warrior pride on IL water tower

    I agree completely with Bennett Gunter’s article regarding the water tower in Indian Land.

    The water tower is on the Indian Land school’s campus and should have “Indian Land – Home of the Warriors” on it.

    What better way is there for the community to show its support for its school and students? 

    I have two kids in middle school. They are now at the age where school spirit is starting to matter.

  • Veterans deserve all their eligible benefits

    Question: My husband passed away this summer after a long battle with dementia. He worked hard after leaving the service to set aside a comfortable retirement for us. Unfortunately the majority of this was used to pay for his long term care and other medical expenses.

  • We thank outgoing council members

    Six men who served Lancaster County residents in elected office are stepping down from their seats.

    Audrey Curry, Danny O’Brien and Bill Sumner are vacating their seats on Lancaster City Council, and Wesley Grier, Wayne Kersey and Bryan Vaughn are leaving the posts on County Council at the end of the year.

    We want to thank them for their work, and we hope you will, too.

    Being an elected official on either City Council or Council Council is a tough job.

  • Shrine Bowl has strong Lancaster connection

    The highlight of the Shrine Bowl, the annual Carolinas’ all-star high school football game, is the amount of money the game makes each year and sends to help patients in Shrine hospitals.