Today's Opinions

  • Column: Tip of the hat to Lancaster’s ‘Mr. Tar Heel’

    When I think of the University of North Carolina, guess who comes to mind?
    Michael Jordan? Good guess, but no. Dean Smith? He’s right up there, but not first.
    For me, No. 1 is Don Scott.
    He was “Mr. Tar Heel” in Lancaster. The Red Rose City has its share of folks who bleed Carolina blue, but Mr. Scott led the way.
    The popular community and civic leader and businessman died Sept. 24, two days after his 90th birthday, fittingly a Saturday when he enjoyed many a UNC victory.

  • Letter: Why won’t county close dusty road?

    I stay on R.F. Banks Lane in Kershaw. I have COPD. I have asbestos in my lungs, and I have a hard time breathing.
    Last week, the county scraped the road beside my house. When they got through, they put the good gravel up at the end, and they put the dusty gravel by my house.
    I have tried to get the county to quit working on the road. Every time that I ask Steve Willis, all he does is tell me a lie saying that he doesn’t have the authority to close it.

  • Letter: Mulvaney stepped in to resolve a problem

    While many are losing faith in government, I was pleasantly surprised by my U.S. congressman, Mick Mulvaney.
    My family and I recently relocated to Rock Hill from Indianapolis. Shortly after arriving, my wife started a new job.  
    Her employer, as required, verified her Social Security number, but they were notified by the Social Security Administration that there was a problem.

  • Column: The New South Carolina emerges around us

    This is the first of a three-part series on how new demographic, economic and political trends are changing South Carolina.

    A New South Carolina is being born.
    You can see evidence of it in a recent Time Magazine special issue featuring the 100 Most Influential. There are four South Carolinians in the magazine – two were chosen among the 100 Most Influential and two were chosen to write short profiles. Who they are and what they wrote says a lot about our state and who we are becoming – the New South Carolina.

  • Column: Tax notices coming Nov. 1

    The end of every September, the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office mails out property tax bills for real estate (homes and commercial buildings) and personal property (boats, business furniture and equipment, manufacturing, etc.).
    This year, because of revaluation and needing time for appeals, we will be mailing out those notices Nov. 1.

  • Column: Healing by breaking bread

    The beauty of America is that we are a melting pot. People come from all over the world seeking the opportunities and freedoms that we, as Americans, take for granted.
    Of course, there are times when we fall short of living up to the principles and ideals that led to the founding of our country, but it is in those times that we must be strong and stand together. After all, if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand (Mark 3:25).

  • Letter: Faile has served our county well

    We are very fortunate in our county to have Sheriff Barry Faile.
    When Sheriff Faile was first elected, one of his early priorities was to attain state accreditation for the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. When a department or agency is accredited by the State of South Carolina, it means the agency is among the elite agencies in our state, following a rigorous examination of services and administrative functions.

  • Letter: Riots must end, races must unite

    This is about the riots in Charlotte.
    I don’t know enough about the case to comment. Most of the protesters are OK, but a lot of them are using this tragic event as a means to loot and destroy and steal. This is wrong.
    My heart goes out to the families of the two who got killed. May God be with them, and also the police and protesters.
    We as white and black must live in unity. Only God can stop what is going on.
    This is to all people. Come together, and may God bless the people of Charlotte and Lancaster and everywhere else.