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Today's Opinions

  • Today’s grads give reason for optimism

    For millions of young adults here in South Carolina and across the country, it’s an exciting and uncertain time – graduation time.

    Many South Carolina colleges have recently held May commencement exercises, and most high schools hold graduation ceremonies in late May or early June.

    For high school and college graduates alike, beginning a new chapter in life can be both exciting and scary.

  • The Rev. Lane practiced his love-the-people philosophy

    One of the favorite sayings of my grandaddy, the late Ross Williams, involved our penchant for being too judgmental of others.

    I heard him say more than once, “Son, be careful about pointin’ a finger at others.”

    “Now, look down at your hand,” Grandaddy Ross would say, “There are three fingers pointin’ right back at you.”

    Even now, 30 years after his death, that comes to mind.

  • Be careful what you wish for

    Seems like my more vocal neighbors up on the northern frontier are struggling for home rule. Home rule usually means you make your own laws and can amend financial support to the rest of Lancaster County.

    I urge you good folks to be careful what you wish for.

  • Consider roundabouts instead of intersections

    Lancaster County’s northern Panhandle has been given a rare gift, with U.S. 521’s wide grass median.

    With this beautiful boulevard as a gateway to our community from the north, we have the opportunity to preserve and improve the way our roadways look to citizens, visitors and those wanting to establish businesses in our county.

    As a resident of Indian Land, I have seen tremendous growth in development of properties along the U.S. 521 and S.C. 160 corridor.

  • Power plants or animal factories?

    I am delighted that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

    But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the agency should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

    A 2006 U.N. report estimated that meat production accounts for 18 percent of man-made greenhouse gases.

  • Correction

    There was an incorrect statement in my June 1 article, entitled “Democrats protect all Americans.” I said that voters in Lancaster County could not vote for Tim Scott. That proved to be incorrect.

    I called Lancaster County Voter Registration Office twice to verify that before writing the letter and I was given incorrect information.

    In my previous state, residents only voted for the senator in their district, not both senators.

    Michael Jedson

    Indian Land

  • Lancaster Treasurer’s Office prides itself on customer service

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service. So we can better serve you and assist you with any questions or problems, it’s important that you know what my office does – as well as what it does not do.

    As Lancaster County treasurer, I am responsible for collecting property taxes and serving as the county’s banker, maintaining the county’s bank accounts.

  • See the person beyond the treatment

    When a person first hears the words, “you have cancer,” they are often experiencing pain, stress and other symptoms. Then they must face the side effects from treatment at the same time they juggle the many doctors, nurses and other professional who care for them.

    Palliative care is specialized medical care that provides patients with serious illnesses relief from the pain and other symptoms from a disease such as cancer. Palliative care uses a team-based approach to coordinate care and give patients an extra level of support.