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Today's Opinions

  • New field is a boost for USCL soccer

    Sometimes it’s not all about the wins and losses.
    Friday afternoon, Aug. 24, it was about a new start for the University of South Carolina Lancaster soccer program.
    For the first time in the history of the school, the USCL Lancers teams were able to play matches on campus.
    As Lancers’ athletic director Rick Walters said, fans watching the matches were watching more than soccer, they were “watching history.”
    The Lancers’ women’s program is in its sixth season, while the USCL men are in their first campaign.

  • IL Rec Center driveway entrance ‘insufficient’

    When the Indian Land Recreation Center was built many years ago on a “shoestring budget” to quiet the growing population, the access drive was insufficient and certainly didn’t match what would be required of a private developer.
    During the school year, buses squeeze to get in, parents heading to the facilities frequently come dangerously close in both directions, and the visibility and road entrance width are, without question, insufficient.

  • Where has common sense gone?

    Make an honest mistake. Try to do the right thing. Get arrested, jailed, make bail, suffer embarrasment, humilitation, get suspended for 10 days and live under the pressure of expulsion pending a hearing.
    Get elected to S.C. Legislature, attend only 8 percent of sessions, get paid regular salary, plus expenses for travel, meals, hotels and postage. No state ethics laws broken. Anybody know where common sense went? I’m ordering my “We are South Carolina” banners now.

    Richard Bowers
    Lancaster
     

  • Woman can’t get out of her driveway

    It is time for Lancaster County Council elections. Let’s vote in someone who will help people get the services we need. Take a look at this picture. This is the street – Patricia Street – I live on. It is a mess.
    I cannot even get out of my driveway.
    I pay road taxes just like everyone else.

    Fran Funderburk
    Lancaster

  • Have a happy, but safe Labor Day

    No school. No work. Yes, it’s the Labor Day holiday. Time for that end-of-summer fling whether it’s in the mountains, the beaches or just in the backyard with family, friends, a grill and even fireworks.
    Monday, Sept. 3, is a federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of America’s workers. Schools  are closed, as well as government offices, banks and other businesses.
    The origin of summer’s final holiday dates back 130 years.
    The first U.S. Labor Day was celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882 in New York City.

  • Voter ID laws are bad idea

    In the era of insincere indignation and mislaid naivete concerning voting rights in this country, it is worth noting that the past is indeed prologue.

  • We need to reject Act 388 II

    Bureaucrats are pushing a plan to raise taxes and increase spending on public schools. The districts spent $9.4 billion last year. Apparently $13,600 per student isn’t enough.
    The plan will raise taxes across the state. Families and small business owners will be hardest hit. First, local taxes for public school operations would be eliminated and replaced with a new statewide property tax. Then the districts would get the chance to go back and (re)introduce “new” local taxes to supplement the state money.

  • Vote for integrity; vote for Harris

    Our state government’s failed attempt at voter identity laws missed the mark anyway. If the government really wanted to stop voter fraud, our legislature should have begun ensuring that paper absentee ballots are truly filled out by the voter without any undue influence.
    Typically, when a person voter goes to the polls whether it’s on election day or as an in-person absentee, he or she is allowed to go to the machine and mark his or her ballot without anyone else seeing how they vote – unless he or she asks for help.