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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Lies continue to come from White House

    It seems Susan “the unreliable” Rice has been sent out to spread fabrications to make the Obama administration look good once again.

    You’d think that after the Benghazi debacle of lies, someone would have learned a lesson about lying to the American people. But after her first round of lies, she was promoted to national security advisor so she could not be forced to testify about Benghazi.

  • Ms. Mike Hammer promotes her book

     

    The email arrived about a month ahead of the 18th South Carolina Book Festival, held May 17-19 in Columbia, asking if I would moderate a session or two.

    Since my next book, “Southern Justice: The Execution of George Stinney Jr.,” won’t be published until early next year, I had offered to moderate a session at this year’s festival.

  • County headed for another ‘tax to the max’ year

    The Lancaster County general fund budget for fiscal year 2015 is coming in at $40.3 million, up from $38 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2014 and $35 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2013. The maximum tax increase of 2.3 mills for 2015 raises the property tax rate to a total of 78 mills.

    For 2015, there is also a special above-the-cap property tax increase of 0.75 mills to provide extra help for the solicitor, public defender and magistrate’s court to reduce the time defendants spend awaiting trial.

  • Indian Land’s growth must be better managed

    We recently moved to Indian Land and are building a house in Van Wyck. We are struck by the opportunity and the risk ahead for Lancaster County.

    Ballantyne is growing at a rapid rate and will continue to grow down U.S. 521 toward Lancaster.

    We’re all for development, but if it is not properly managed, Indian Land will become the next Huntersville or Fort Mill and will be nothing but gridlock, overcrowded schools and poorly planned roads. With proper planning, the Panhandle can be the crown jewel of Lancaster County. 

  • 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.