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Today's Opinions

  • Can’t we just get along?

    “I’m Doity.” He stood right in front of me at Zaxby’s, while I sat in one of three seats facing the counter and waited on my order.

    His bright brown eyes matched his skin tone and the fact that I was almost six decades older and white did not seem to concern him at all.

    Me either.

    Uninvited, he sat down right beside me and repeated, “I’m Doity.”

  • Parents should have been told about graduation lock-out rules

    I am one of more than 20 parents whom were robbed of the milestone of seeing my only son walk across the stage at graduation. His father is deceased and the only other relatives were locked out of the ceremony. Imagine how my son felt when he he got the diploma and looked in that chair for me, and it was empty. Shame on you Buford School.

    Tickets in hand as I went through the door, I informed the girl I was expecting a relative and needed to get the ticket to her. She tore my floor ticket in half and said I could get back in with that half.

  • With legislature ending, lawmakers consider cuts

    After six months of meaningless resolutions, behind-the-scenes negotiations with lobbyists, lengthy “debates” over bills that don’t matter to anyone, and early adjournments to attend receptions hosted by multibillion-dollar corporations, lawmakers have finally noticed that the state budget contains things that shouldn’t be in the state budget.

  • Some thoughts for the day

    At a speech at Tuskegee University, first lady Michelle Obama said the right had the audacity to question her love of America as she lambasted the country again as nothing but a racist, minority-hating country. Love to hate is not love.

    Asked about the doubling or tripling of payments for speeches he gave after his wife, Hillary Clinton, became secretary of state, Bill Clinton replied, “I got to pay our bills.” Fifty million dollars to pay bills? You need to shut the lights off when you go out.

  • County should have researched PEBA benefits

    In the story “PEBA say no to LCEDC”,  the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. became a 501 (c) 4 group in October of 2014. Since the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority denied its request to be covered for health benefits, any medical claim filed since then should be invalid. But since PEBA doesn’t rule on eligibility unless an entity asks, it probably paid anyway.

  • Indian Land needs its own post office

    In agreement with William Chick’s letter in the May 13 Carolina Gateway, Indian Land certainly needs it’s own post office instead of all these little stations they are opening up that cannot do the job of a real post office.

    Indian Land is growing fast between customers, new stores opening up, apartments and new homes. The Fort Mill post office cannot handle all of this and should not have to deliver to Indian Land.

  • Don’t we pay enough taxes already?

    Finding ways to tax must be a politician’s delight. During elections, they tell us they want to work to lower our taxes, but once in office they find ways to tax us more, and then try and explain to us why more money is needed. 

    Take impact fees: An impact  fee is a fee that is imposed by a local government on a new or proposed development project to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services to the new development.

  • Tax paying now more convenient

    In the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office, we pride ourselves on providing quality customer service. While no one enjoys paying taxes, one of our top priorities is to make paying your taxes simple and easy.