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Today's Opinions

  • Column: S.C. nonprofit bill hides how groups spend our tax money

    There is a wolf in sheep’s clothing working its way through our state legislature.
    The bill purports to be a transparency bill, but it is anything but. And it will hide how millions of taxpayer dollars are spent.
    The wording begins saying any nonprofit entity that “received more than one hundred dollars in public funds from a state agency or political subdivision in the previous calendar year or the current calendar year, must submit a quarterly expenditure report to the jurisdiction awarding the funds.”
    That sounds great.

  • Column: For 2018, let’s unite in our love for Lancaster County

    With the arrival of 2018, it’s time again for resolutions, changes and goals.
    Many of us celebrated New Year’s Eve with family and friends, attending parties or church services across Lancaster County. But aside from all the celebrating, it is important that we reflect on the year we’ve had here.

  • Letter: Dems don’t help the middle class

    It’s like talking to a wall when you try to enlighten the left.
    A person wrote in and said the tax cuts were a “lump of coal.” You’re keeping more of your money (since you worked for it), getting a raise in the child tax credit from $1,000 to $1,600, and businesses are getting a cut to boost the economy. How is that a lump of coal?

  • Letter: We elected Trump to reverse course

    This is a response to Christine Taylor’s Dec. 22 letter criticizing President Trump and defending Barack Obama.
    Does she not know that we elected Trump to get rid of Obama’s failed policies? His health-care plan was a rip off from the start. The health industry has seen profits more than double, at our expense.
    The homeless and poor she speaks of are not covered under the Affordable Care Act. They are in Medicaid. I agree with her that we need to help those truly in need.

  • Column: Let’s give the children in our lives what they need this year

    What are you planning to change in 2018?
    This is a question we are all asked each New Year. I have been looking back at responses I received from students while I was teaching K4 and K5 in the late ’90s.
    Let me share some examples, exactly as written by the students, with their own thoughts and their own style of language at ages 4 and 5. These wonderful children were good writers for their age.
    ◆ 5-year-old girl: “I wants to cook My mommy wrks lot an bonly sambich get well they get yuck.”

  • Column: IL long-timer: County council has sold us out

    I am writing in reference to several letters that I have read over the past months concerning the proposed town of Indian Land.
    Just to give some background, my family is originally from Indian Land (150 or so years), and my parents moved down to Lancaster when I was a small child. My husband and I moved back to Indian Land 27 years ago so that our children could attend a small community school and we could build a home on the original family land. I have many fond memories of Lancaster and Indian Land.

  • Sports Talk: Plenty of Palmetto pride in SC teams’ play

    Wow!

    What a start to 2018 by our state’s top college football teams.

    Both were in action New Year’s Day in big games, drawing the nation’s eyes.

    South Carolina put the finishing touches on a solid nine-win season with a stellar comeback win over stunned Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

    About four hours after the Gamecocks were crowing about their 26-19 upset of the Wolverines, Clemson, seeking its second straight national title and third overall, battled Alabama in a physical football game won by the Tide, 24-6.

  • Column: Watch those tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and looking forward to a busy 2018, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon. All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 16.
    The late penalties can be costly, so please don’t be late.
    Those homeowners whose tax payments are postmarked after Jan. 16 will have a 3 percent penalty assessed. This penalty will rise to 10 percent after Feb. 1 and to 15 percent after March 16.