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Today's Opinions

  • Writer questions county decision

    Where is our county leadership when we need it? It is an outrage when our County Council rolls over and bails out Frank Keels and his See Lancaster’s Palmetto Thunder Air Show to the tune of a $75,000 advance. This is in addition to the $15,000 previously budgeted to See Lancaster.

    It’s great to showcase Lancaster, but not at a $90,000 hit to the taxpayers. This could have bought four new squad cars the sheriff’s office desperately needs. It could have been used to provide some relief to our elderly struggling to pay their property taxes.

  • Rotating hosts good for Classic

    The county’s Panhandle will be the center piece for the annual Founders Kickoff Classic this season.

    Indian Land High School will be the host for the high school football jamboree, in its fifth season on Aug. 22.

    That may seem like a ways away, but plans are already being made for the Warriors’ time to host the prep football kickoff event.

    When the Kickoff Classic was in its planning stage a few years back, the idea was to have each county school serve as a host on a rotating basis.

  • Cutting back will take discipline, but worth effort

    Like most Americans, the rising cost of fuel has caused my family to look at where we can cut back on our expenses.

    I drive a Dodge pickup and the last time I filled up, I paid about $90. My husband and I looked over our receipts and banking information and made some decisions on how our family can save money without noticing a significant difference in our daily lives. It’s easy to become a “piker” when you know where your money is going. For instance, we spent about $40 a month in body wash.

  • Supply and demand work in free market

    This letter is in response to the letter to the editor about stores raising gas prices before getting refills. I can certainly understand why people are upset about rising prices. As an accountant and business owner, I wish the public could realize the reality of doing business.

  • Writer unhappy with council's decision

    I am shocked to see that Lancaster County Council voted to spend $75,000 of Lancaster’s money to subsidize a private venture failure. Is councilman Wayne Kersey the only councilman to be concerned with fiduciary responsibility?

    Would the air show have donated $75,000 to Lancaster County if there had been that much more made on the venture than was anticipated? I doubt it.

    If you are an entrepreneur, you play at your own risk. You win some and you lose some. I wish the county had subsidized some of my less fortunate ventures. What a sweet deal.

  • Let's learn from our mistakes

    You have to commend organizers for trying something of the magnitude of the Palmetto Thunder Air Show held May 17-18 at the Lancaster County Airport.

    The event was a major undertaking. It took months of planning. People gave their time to help make the event become a reality. They gave up their weekends to work at the show. And it did not go unnoticed. Spectators wrote raving reviews and praised the show and the “courteous and professional” volunteers.

  • Kersey acts as bulldog for constituents

    An outrage – that is the only way to describe recent reports of the conduct of our Lancaster County Council and See Lancaster. Frank Keel, former executive director of See Lancaster, went to County Council with hat in hand to request $75,000 of taxpayers’ money to bail the group out the abysmal failure of the air show.

  • Fishing rodeo supporters say thanks for support

    Fishing rodeo supporters say thanks for support

    I would personally like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers at the second annual Sunrise Lake Fishing Rodeo. We had more than 400 children and almost 1,000 attendees. As one of Lancaster County's three game wardens who helped organize the event, I thank you.

    Shawn Hanna

    Lancaster