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Today's Opinions

  • Column: County council represents all, not just those in Indian Land

    In response to John Delfausse’s column last Sunday asking a lot of leading questions about why council doesn’t give Indian Land the support he wants, here’s the answer, sir: The county council is responsible for the betterment of the entire county, not just Indian Land.

  • Column: There must be a way to slow traffic on Dobys Bridge Road

    Dobys Bridge Road in Indian Land is like a raceway, and the number of vehicles using this road is very high compared to years past.
    My main concern is to get people to slow down for the curve in front of my home, which is near Gordon Drive just before the bridge. I have helped many people on this turn who have wrecked their vehicles. There have been multiple unreported wrecks I myself have witnessed.
    For years people have been driving recklessly and passing the stopped school bus. I have sent in so many videos of people passing school buses.

  • Letter: Facts to consider in assessing VTIL

    Just a few facts to set the record straight and provide a proper perspective to those of us living in the proposed Town of Indian Land.
    ◆ After almost two years of hard work and thousands of volunteer hours – totally self funded – Voters for a Town of Indian Land submitted the Town of Indian Land incorporation package to the S.C. secretary of state last May.
    ◆ The state’s Joint Legislative Committee for Municipal Incorporation did not hold the first of two hearings on the plan until Aug. 18.

  • Column: Salvation Army truly thankful to every donor

    Monetary gifts of all sizes find their way into the familiar red buckets of The Salvation Army: bills, coins and just recently, a small gold coin.
    From perfectly manicured hands, to rough and ragged ones – all sorts of hands eagerly contribute their gifts to help the less fortunate. A most touching moment is watching the hand of a young child press his money into the bucket, then look up and smile.

  • Column: On Indian Land incorporation, the county reaps what it sows

    Did you read the Dec. 10 article in The Lancaster News headlined “Devastating fallout for towns: If IL incorporates, Lancaster, Kershaw and Heath Springs will pay’’?
    People need to ask themselves: If Indian Land is so important to the county and the municipalities in the county, why has the county council not taken better care of Indian Land?
    Why has the county council snubbed our two Indian Land county councilmen by not appointing either of them to a chair position?

  • Letter: SCCL HOA fees are not out of line

    I reside in Sun City and read with interest Merrel Wilkenfeld’s Dec. 8 letter “Sun City dweller is feeling gouged.”
    Anyone who purchased a home here should never have assumed the HOA fee would remain the same. I do not think that $42 in 11 years is out of line. Ours is one of the cheapest around, and we get a lot for our money.
    However, if you do not utilize the amenities, perhaps you did move to the wrong neighborhood.

  • Commentary: Haley: Trump’s Jerusalem shift will advance Mideast peace

    Editor’s note: Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, now the U.N. ambassador, appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to defend President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Host John Dickerson also asked her North Korea and about women who stepped forward again last week to repeat their accusations of sexual misbehavior against Trump. Here are excerpts of their discussion.

  • Column: Get ready to pay, pay, pay if Indian Land incorporates

    I read with interest the guest column by Jerry Holt on Nov. 29, where he raises the question of parity of Sheriff Barry Faile’s actual charges to Heath Springs and Kershaw and proposed charges to Indian Land, if incorporated. There are several observations I wish to make.
    First, the proposed increase of $15,000 (from $23,500 to $38,500 for coverage not provided 24/7) suggests, at a minimum, that costs to the sheriff’s office are going up.