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Today's Opinions

  • Grateful that Abbotts will continue therapy

    Having read with interest the article about negotiations between the University of South Carolina Lancaster and the hospital regarding the possible transfer of therapy program, I was happy to learn that I can seamlessly continue my physical therapy with Jimmy and Erica Abbott.

    They have provided me with professional, thorough and compassionate care for various problems for several years.

  • County treasurer listening to you

    As part of my promise to improve the outreach of the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, I’ve enjoyed publishing these updates about what we do in the office and giving out practical advice about your taxes, as well as information about upcoming deadlines.

    While it’s important to talk about what we’re doing at the Treasurer’s Office, it’s even more important to listen to the taxpayers we serve. I invite you to send your questions, comments and thoughts to me directly via email at carriehelms@lancaster countysc.net.

  • Lucas family grateful for support after fire

    The Lucas family experienced a devastating house fire on Jan. 25. The fire created huge damage, leaving a family of six without a home. Everyone got out safe, but they lost their home.

    But the community – individuals, churches and businesses – responded immediately with necessities for the family.

    We are so grateful to the outpouring of support from everyone. We thank you all. Your special ways and generous heart make a beautiful difference.

    May the Lord bless you.

    The Lucas family:

  • Christians must stand up to atheists

    Atheists are trying to keep a cross from being erected at the 911 Memorial site. We, who love Jesus, must take a stand against this.

    Atheists have their rights, but they shouldn’t push them on us.

    We, who believe, must stand up for our rights, also.

    Carl Miles

    Lancaster

  • Fight continues for sunshine on an open government

    It is Sunshine Week. No, don’t break out the SPF 70 sunscreen...this week is about shining light on government activities.

    Lest we forget, letting the sun shine on government actions and records is vital to our free democratic system of government.

    While efforts to improve government transparency in our Legislature have stalled for the last two years, there are those in the Palmetto State still fighting the good fight for more sunshine.

    First let’s recognize the journalists.

  • Citizen’s guide to S.C. Freedom of Information

    S.C. Press Association

    The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) makes records and meetings of public bodies open and available to citizens and their representatives in the press.

    As a citizen of South Carolina, you have the right to attend meetings of commissions, councils, boards and other public bodies. You have a right to see and copy records of public bodies. The FOIA – also known as the Sunshine Law because it shines light on government meetings and records – is essential to our democratic form of government.

    Who, what is covered?

  • Citizens deserve officials’ respect

    It happens in every county, every small town and every school district. It happens at the state level and at the federal level.

    “Watchdogs” monitor the actions of government. They attend meetings. They write letters. They ask the tough questions. They request public records under the Freedom of Information Act. Sometimes, they sound the alarm when they believe tax dollars have been wasted or politicians have misused their power.

  • Task force to count homeless in county

    You may have seen them sleeping in abandoned homes or warehouses. Some have been spotted in tents in Lancaster County’s woods or fields. But no one is sure how many are living out there.

    A group that calls themselves the Lancaster County Homelessness Task Force hopes to shed some light on the population with a count in Lancaster County.