Today's Opinions

  • The ongoing nightmare of meat recalls

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is still expanding the list of retailers carrying meat unfit for human consumption to Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington and 970 locations in California alone.

    About 8.7 million pounds were shipped all through 2013 by Rancho Feeding 

    Corporation of Petaluma, Calif.

    The recall comes in the wake of USDA’s new “inspection” program that allows the meat industry to increase speed of processing lines and replace federal inspectors with plant employees.

  • These ‘county’ entities not controlled by County Council

    What do Lancaster County government, Lancaster County School District, Lancaster County Water and Sewer, Lancaster County Natural Gas, Lancaster County Transportation Committee, Lancaster County Library, Lancaster County Courthouse, Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster County Voter Registration, Lancaster County Treasurer, Lancaster County Auditor, Lancaster County Probate Judge and the Lancaster County Coroner’s Office all have in common?

  • Kershaw needs to follow Panhandle’s strategy

    The good folks down in Kershaw have realized what most of us south of S.C. 75 have known for quite a while.

    It ain’t politically correct to deny money and services to the folks at the Gateway of Lancaster County.

    If they don’t get action, they complain and come in droves to County Council meetings and their gripes are printed in our local newspaper.

    Politicians don’t like poor press and to remain in office they gotta grease that wheel.

  • Time to reflect on our nation’s early days

    On the third Monday of February, Americans celebrate Presidents Day.

    Established in the 1880s to honor George Washington, this federal holiday – officially named “Washington’s Birthday” – was initially celebrated each year on Feb. 22.

    It wasn’t until 1971 that Congress moved it to the third Monday in February, providing federal workers a three-day weekend, and it soon became commonly known as Presidents Day.

  • GOP is looking for strong candidates for solicitor’s seat

    Republicans wish retiring 6th Circuit Solicitor Doug Barfield the best in his future plans and express their gratitude for his 30 years of service in the solicitor’s office.

    The long hours and many sacrifices he made in the job are truly appreciated and set an example for outstanding public service.

  • Keep mailing address updated

    Part of the job of the treasurer’s office is to send out property tax bills to county residents for homes, cars, boats and other property. While nobody likes getting a tax bill, it’s important the bills are sent to the correct address.

    Many property owners have called to complain that they didn’t get their tax bill and ended up paying their taxes late because the bill was sent to an old address.

    The treasurer’s office staff will send the property tax bill to the address on record with the county assessor’s office.

  • Should S.C. pay for our surveillance?

    Gov. Nikki Haley’s executive budget grabbed a few headlines for its items on education, transportation, and Medicaid waiver programs. One component of the budget was almost completely ignored, however, and it shouldn’t be. The governor’s proposed spending plan includes $8.5 million in total funds – $5.3 million from the federal government – for a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Fusion Center.

  • U.S. needs better leaders

    French President Hollande and our own President Barack Obama are meeting this week and in a press conference claim to have reached four key points of action and agreement: 1 – spend more on curing global diseases; 2 – work to encourage other countries to fight climate change; 3 – start a dialogue about a transatlantic trade agreement, and 4 – roll back key parts of Iran’s nuclear program and uphold sanctions but not place any new sanctions.