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Today's Opinions

  • Council cannot get its act together

    One, two, let’s hope the next one is not three and out. The infamous Lancaster County Council has done it now. Council has turned many yes votes into no. The yes in the northern part of the county is lost because their roads didn’t make the list.

    The yes in the center of the county is lost because they’ve shunned half of a library and fire departments will say no because their radios, which are lifesavers for all of us, have been rejected, well, not completely, but they might as well be. Why? Because our council cannot get its act together.

  • Sheriff’s office needs additional funding

    A recent article regarding the “bust” of a meth lab in Indian Land should have all of us grateful to Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile, and his drug task force.

    These well-trained men and women should be recognized for a job well done.

    Lancaster County Council, which holds much of the sheriff’s purse strings, should understand, that as Lancaster County grows, so will the crime.

  • Beware Common Core lite in S.C.

    On several recent occasions you may have heard pundits or public officials claim that South Carolina has gotten rid of Common Core.

    The implication is that the state has retaken power from the federal government over education policy. There’s some truth in that, and it’s certainly encouraging to see some state officials moving in that direction, but to claim South Carolina has regained sovereignty over its academic standards would be – unfortunately – far from the truth.

  • Director: ‘destroyed’ letter not related to new media policy

    Nearly eight months after a “destroyed” State Ethics Commission letter was provided to The Nerve, the longtime director of the state ethics-watchdog agency still won’t explain how the letter exists despite his earlier statements to the contrary.

    But in a written response July 18 to The Nerve, Herb Hayden said a pending lawsuit against him and the Ethics Commission in connection with the letter in question has nothing to do with a new media policy announced at a recent commission meeting.

  • Creative school fundraiser? Let parents give directly to schools

    A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

    As reported by The State newspaper recently, The Smart Snacks in Schools program creates a dilemma: how will schools raise private dollars if they can no longer sell snack foods?

    How creative would it be simply to stop selling?

  • Inaction council impacts our local pets

    I have been reading and watching Lancaster County Council’s 1-cent tax debacle and all I can say is it is a fiasco from start to finish.

    It seems the county is playing “Johnny come lately,” as is their usual mode of operation. Wait until the problem is so severe that only a rushed-through agenda with a poorly thought-out plan is their only way out.

  • Mattamy withdraws Treetops application

    Mattamy Homes has withdrawn its application to build a 900-home subdivision on the former Treetops property in northern Van Wyck. The project will not be built.

    The decision was conveyed to Lancaster County in a letter signed by Tom Kutz, Mattamy vice president of land acquisition and development, dated July 14, although the fact did not become widely known until last week.

    Lancaster County Council is expected to remove the pending ordinances from the table and vote them down at some point to clean up the council agenda.

  • Governing means making some tough choices

    With reference to the capital sales tax, Lancaster County Council is having trouble on what to do with this money. Well, let me help. I can’t understand why this issue is so puzzling. Put the money where it is needed most. Lancaster County has a serious problem with skilled workers. An example for instance is the need for welders.