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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Charlottesville terror demands strong response

    There is nothing “right” about racism and hate. It’s a learned disease, and the best antidote is unity.
    This weekend’s events involving white-supremacist groups are as disturbing and disgusting as they are heartbreaking. The attack was a stark reminder of the darkness of hate. We must come together, as we have before, to confront the issues that chip away at the very foundation of who we are and what we stand for as a country.

  • Column: Nuke fiasco should cost all decision-makers

    Here’s the issue: SCANA (the parent company of South Carolina Electric and Gas) and Santee Cooper (the state-owned utility that provides power for 11 local electric co-ops) tried to build two nuclear reactors and failed. They just pulled the plug on the projects, costing $9 billion and 5,000 jobs – so far.
    Here’s the question: Who is going to pay for this disaster?

  • Column: 2nd graders turn tables on reporter

    I park in the fire lane and pull out my equipment at Indian Land Elementary.

    There’s no rush for this story, but I’m always in a rush. It’s just my nature. I like to work quickly, but accurately.

    I walk into an elementary school – the kind of school I frequent to film my Facebook videos.

    Hauling in my posse – tripod, camera, microphone and notes – I check in at the front and get directions to the classroom.

    Second grade. The what-will-they-say-next age.

  • My hardest story yet: Jacarion’s death

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    I sit on my sofa, scrolling through Twitter after a not-so-long day of work.
    It’s about 9 p.m.
    That’s when I read it for the first time – a 2-year-old has been shot at a home in Lancaster.
    My Lancaster? Yes. My Lancaster.
    I scramble. What do I do?

  • Column: Avoid trouble: Update your address with tax officials

    At the end of September each year, Lancaster County mails property tax bills for real estate (homes and commercial buildings) and personal property (boats, business furniture and equipment, manufacturing, etc.).
    While nobody likes getting a tax bill, it’s important that they are sent to the correct address. Having the correct address on file is the taxpayer’s responsibility, and that prevents you from having a late fee due to never receiving the bill.

  • Column: Dismal S.C. ratings on income, education

    S.C. businesses are much more likely to be white-owned than businesses on average in the United States, and less likely to be owned by women.
    At the same time, businesses owned by men and by whites are more valuable than minority and female-owned businesses, and the difference in value in South Carolina is even greater than the average national difference.

  • Letter: Another $75 fee/tax for IL

    Scott Edgar, the newly hired county engineer, will speak to Indian Land Action Council at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Del Webb Library, 7641 Charlotte Highway (U.S. 521).
    Lancaster County Council will hear second reading on a tax ordinance for a Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) on Aug. 14. This tax money will support about four staff members to oversee the Panhandle’s stormwater.

  • Letter: Need more IL representation

    Three years ago, Indian Land resident Jerry Holt ran for county probate judge, barely losing to a long-time incumbent from Lancaster.
    While Jerry’s candidacy was one of the few times an Indian Land resident has run for a courthouse office, election results show Indian Land residents failed to unite behind Jerry in that race.
    Do you think that sent a message to the current “good ol’ boy” leadership of the Lancaster County Council about how Indian Land residents won’t stand together and work to shake things up in county government?