Today's Opinions

  • Take time to be grateful Thursday

    When we reflect on Thanksgiving, we often have images of the grateful Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians sharing a bountiful feast on a fall New England day.

    Gently falling leaves under a blue sky with a cool breeze as the meal unfolds.

    True, the holiday dates back to the time the early settlers sat down with their Native American friends and shared good food and fellowship. That was 1621.

    Still, it wasn’t until 1863 – two years into the Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November.

  • Owner explains change from game room to Chad’s place

    I understand Pastor Andy Hart’s confusion concerning the article, “Pastor questions motive of game room owners,” in the Nov. 7 edition of The Lancaster News about Chad’s Game Room.

  • Landowner cannot afford Lancaster County taxes

    What a shock. My tax bill came for the seven and one-half acres I own in Lancaster County. The bill is for $3,902.90, if I pay it during the Christmas holidays when money is scarce. It will increase to $4,019.99 if I pay it on Jan. 15; $4,293.19 on Feb. 4 and $4,493.34 on March 17.

    The land is an investment made almost 30 years ago. I have been paying taxes on this parcel for all these years. We feel like this bill is robbery of the worst kind since I am unable to pay that kind of tax bill on a fixed income of less than $1,500 per month.

  • Heath Springs Fire Department barbecue a success

    Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department held its first ever barbecue sale on Oct. 27. It was a great success. In the years past, help has always been the No. 1 issue why we couldn’t have a barbecue sale.

    Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department members and I would like to thank all the family members, friends, town council and the citizens of the community for making our first barbecue a great success.

  • Pastor questions motive of game room owners

    I’m confused. In the Nov. 7 edition of The Lancaster News there was an article about Chad’s Game Room on the business page. I was real excited about the establishment when I read the owners are establishing a business that offers “clean, fun, friendly nighlight environment, featuring entertainment without alcohol or drugs.”

  • Council should not add 3 percent accommodations tax

    The report in Nov. 7 edition of The Lancaster News regarding Lancaster County Council’s misguided discussion and first approval vote on an ordinance to charge a 3 percent accommodations tax to hotel and motel visitors shows there are only two members of the council who have the necessary business and community sense needed to provide proper representation to citizens of Lancaster County.

    Only councilmen Bryan Vaughn and Wayne Kersey had the good sense to vote against it.

  • AJ Middle exudes sports excellence

    The Andrew Jackson area of Lancaster County is known as “Big Orange Country.”

    Given that fact, the brightest spot in 2007 Andrew Jackson area sports is Andrew Jackson Middle School.

    The school, which feeds neighboring AJ High School, has produced a fabulous fall.

    The school’s volleyball team, under the guidance of second-year coach Tonya Smith, fashioned a splendid 14-0 record.

    The Vols’ football team, under the leadership of veteran coach Jerry Pardue, produced a glittering 8-0 record.

  • Rep shares business lessons from China

    In September, I was one of three state legislators fortunate enough to travel to Dalian, China, as part of a S.C. Department of Commerce trade mission to the World Economic Forum. While the four-day trip yielded a variety of insights and experiences, a couple are of particular relevance for Lancaster County and South Carolina.

    The governor gets it