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Today's Opinions

  • 3 GOP council members pass ordinance so they can fix it

    The Panhandle overlay district was passed by Lancaster County Council on June 9. Councilwoman Charlene McGriff, a Democrat, made the motion to approve, commenting, “What if we move forward, pass the third reading, and then move forward immediately with amendments to change some of the concerns we have.”

    Republican council members Larry McCullough, Bob Bundy and Brian Carnes agreed with McGriff and passed the motion.

  • God commends the faithful

    The Bible declares that God is faithful, meaning that he is firm, reliable, steadfast, sure, dependable, and trustworthy. The Hebrew word for faithful is “aman,” from which we derive our English word “Amen.”

  • Time for new leadership in South Carolina

    As our college students head home for summer vacation, they face an overwhelming burden of debt due to Gov. Nikki Haley’s budget cuts.

    Her budget cuts have forced South Carolina’s colleges to have the highest tuition in the Southeast. Haley talks about building our economy, but refuses to allow money in the budget to build a foundation for an affordable higher education system.

  • Carnes explains our county budget process

    In this month’s column, I will discuss the budget process used by Lancaster County.

    At the June 23 County Council meeting, the 2014-15 county budget was on the County Council agenda for final approval. However, the budget process began more than six months earlier in December 2013.

  • Community festivals fun and beneficial

    Next month, I’ll be attending the Lexington County Peach Festival in Gilbert.

    The Peach Festival is one of my home county’s proud traditions. For nearly 60 years, tens of thousands have flocked to this small town on Independence Day weekend to pay tribute to one of our state’s favorite summertime fruits.

  • Constitution more than ‘just piece of paper’

    I am writing this in response to John Lage’s article, “The tea party believes in the Constitution,” published in the May 21 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Mr. Lage, I have spent most of my adult life as an educator, first as a high school teacher of U.S. History for nine years and 25 years as a college professor of theater and speech.

    I spent many years in classrooms in preparation for my work. I have multiple degrees, including a high school diploma. Therefore, I am well acquainted with the classroom.

  • County vs. schools: What needs to happen

    Residential developers need good local schools and good county services for their houses to sell and to make new residents happy. The county and the school district are both suffering from the long term emphasis on homebuilding in Indian Land that has led to a property tax base that does not expand its revenue as fast as it expands its need for services.

  • Partners for Youth invests in students, their future

    Partners for Youth invests in students, their future

    I would like to thank Laura Caskey for recently writing about the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR Up) at Lancaster High School and Andrew Jackson High School.

    Six years of college-focused workshops, special events, college trips, counseling, scholarship awards and other ways highlighting the path for students to attend college culminates at graduation this month followed by the students enrolling in college.