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Today's Opinions

  • Whittlesey should do some research

    Many thanks to Franklin Whittlesey for his latest informational column, this one on the subject of  how guns are made. I had no idea!
    But I do have one idea: Mr. Whittlesey should reduce his viewing time of Fox News and perhaps switch to reading some newspapers and news magazines at the Del Webb Library so as to escape his fantasy world and get some of his facts straight.
    Lawmakers are not trying to override the Second Amendment and take everyone’s guns away, only restrict

  • Red Ventures located in Indian Land, not Fort Mill

    Red Ventures gets my heart rate up, and not for a good reason. Every time you see them in a newspaper article, television or on the radio, advertising for one of their big job fairs, they always say they are in Fort Mill.
    There are very few residents of Indian Land or even Lancaster County working in Red Ventures. They have not found qualified applicants in our county, even after special efforts have been implemented for training classes at York Tech.
    Now they want the road to their buildings named Red Ventures.

  • Public notices – information citizens should know about

    Transparency in government is getting a big push these days as South Carolina citizens demand improved access to public meetings and documents.
    Both houses of the Legislature are studying reform and the Governor’s Commission on Ethics Reform has issued recommendations on ethics and openness.
    However, one important area of open government is often forgotten, and that is public notices.

  • Support Rep. Taylor’s FOI reform bill now in Legislature

    The FOI reform bill now working its way through the state legislative process is a good bill that would give citizens faster and more affordable access to public information.
    Spearheaded by Rep. Bill Taylor, R-Aiken, the bill would prevent agencies from charging fees that exceed actual copying costs or exceed the local prevailing rate.
    The fee schedules would have to be posted online and charges for document searches could not exceed the prorated hourly salary of the lowest paid employee with skills and training to perform the request.

  • Important to abide by FOIA

    Pretend a hundred of us just landed on an island – our new home. The island possesses all the amenities – fertile land, plenty of timber, fresh water, lots of wildlife – to sustain us and a growing population. Pretty soon, we start to develop our island. We’re building houses, cutting roadways and implementing an infrastructure.

  • If the Second falls, so do the rest

    The Obama administration wants more gun restrictions. The justice department isn’t enforcing the laws that are already on the books. They  say they don’t have the money, yet the president wants more laws. What he and others would like is confiscation. I hope everyone realizes, even the hunters could lose use of their guns if the Feinstein bill passes. There are so many restrictions in her bill it will make almost every rifle, some home-defense shotguns and every pistol with a removable magazine illegal.

  • Family Promise grateful for support

    Family Promise of Lancaster County is in its fifth year, and the generosity of the community support that makes this ministry possible never ceases to amaze me.
    There are 16 host sites manned by members of 20 churches and numerous volunteers. These volunteers greet our guests, provide meals for them, stay overnight with them, and transport them to and from the Family Promise Day Center.

  • Help keep county free of litter

    Lancaster County residents should be proud of our sheriff. Sheriff Barry Faile has been very aggressive with the litter program, and has created the Lancaster County Litter Program.
    The program is supervised by an inmate supervisor. People of Lancaster could not believe all of the trash, including old tires and old television sets, that people put on our roadsides.
    The trash, dirty diapers, dead animals and furniture are forever placed in our county creeks.