Today's Opinions

  • Column: A life-saving technology turns 50 years old today

    Fifty years ago today, Rep. Rankin Fite, speaker of the Alabama House, placed the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall.
    From that small beginning, 911 technology has continually evolved, becoming an essential part of public safety across America. Each advancement has improved our nation’s ability to get faster, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property.

  • Column: Thank God for the good in Lancaster

    In the spring of 2004, living in Charlotte, I found myself in a serious mid-life crisis. I prayed for change, a new walk, with new friends that loved and cared about God.
    While I hoped that my prayers were heard, my father offered an invitation for me to move to Lancaster, attend his church and start afresh.
    I thought: Lancaster, South Carolina? Not on your life.
    But, after more praying and another few weeks of hell, I decided to take him up on his offer. You see, I’d told God that whatever offer he had for me, I would accept it no matter where it was.

  • Column: VTIL ignored Van Wyck’s viewpoint on incorporation

    In order to establish an area for incorporation, S.C. law states that there must be a density of 300 people per square mile before incorporation can even be proposed.
    When you have subdivisions such as Sun City, Walnut Creek and Treetops, you can expand the area you are trying to incorporate much farther south because of the density in those neighborhoods.

  • Letter: Sincere prayers for Parkers, Howards

    This letter is to the families of Bobby Parker Sr. and Mayor John Howard.
    To the Parker family, know that you are in my prayers. God bless you all in this time of loss.
    To the family of Mayor Howard, may God put angels around him and grant him a full and speedy recovery. He is in my prayers also.

    Carl M. Miles Sr.

  • Letter: VTIL going after too much farmland

    On Saturday, Feb. 10, my wife and I took a ride down to the southern end of Indian Land. Since we live near 160 and 521, we pretty much covered the length of Indian Land.
    We drove around the area up and down a number of side roads to get a feel of what Voters for a Town of Indian Land wants to incorporate. It is appalling the amount of farmland they want to include in the town.
    We understand it is about 40 square miles of the 58 square miles they want to include, but you don’t realize how much this is until you see it.

  • Column: Early in session: Replacing buses, giving SCANA ratepayers relief

    It is hard to believe we are already through the first month of the 2018 General Assembly session. Our workload has steadily picked up as bills are beginning to make their way through the committee process and onto the floor, in addition to legislation not resolved from last year.
    I wanted to give a quick update on what we’re doing at the State House on some important issues:

    School buses
    On the first day of the session, I was proud to override Gov. McMaster’s veto of funding for new school buses for our students.

  • Column: Kershaw’s Stevens Park playground needs your support

    The Kershaw Community Park Council is partnering with the town of Kershaw to build a custom-designed historic “destination playground” within Stevens Park.
    Our community recently suffered the loss of our very special playground, and the impact of that loss has been hugely significant for those residing in the southern end of Lancaster County.

  • Letter: Valentine visits to VA hospital

    This Valentine’s Day, many S.C. veterans who fought to preserve our freedoms will be hospitalized, receiving the medical care they earned, but separated from the homes and communities they defended. 
    No one should be alone on Valentine’s Day, and with the help of our grateful community, no veteran has to be.