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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: It’s time to start planning annual Unity Prayer Rally

    As citizens of Lancaster County and surround areas, we all are concerned about the plight of our people and communities.
    When we as God’s people humble ourselves and pray, and seek his face together in unity, we can tap into a power that can change lives, communities, cities and even nations.
    Plans are under way for the annual Lancaster City and Countywide Unity Prayer Rally, which will be June 16 in downtown Lancaster.

  • Column: Why I am voting no on IL town

    After careful research, these are my reasons for voting no/opposed to incorporating the Panhandle of Lancaster County to be a 58-square-mile town of Indian Land.
    ◆ The proposed area to be incorporated is way too large, encompassing 40 square miles of farmland. Incorporation of that large of an area of rural farmland puts it in jeopardy, as agricultural protections under S.C. Chapter 46 do not apply in incorporated areas.

  • Column: Last chance for IL to control its future – say yes March 27

    My name is Melvin Threatt. A few years ago, I was chairman of the Planning Commission for Lancaster County, so I understand how decisions are made about growth in Lancaster County.
    The citizens of Indian Land have a great opportunity to decide its destiny March 27 at the voting polls.
    The county has done a disservice to Indian Land over the past number of years, by way of uncontrolled growth with no plan. A yes vote on March 27 will put this community in charge of the future.

  • Column: Lancaster County tax deadline March 16

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2017 tax books, which takes place March 16.
    This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster County government, as it allows those who serve on county council, the school board, and town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they finish their 2018-19 budgets.

  • Column: Property values increase unlikely

    I recently heard that the proponents for incorporation (VTIL) have been touting a significant increase in property values as a benefit of incorporation.
    As I hadn’t heard why this would occur, I decided to do a little checking. Google searches led to multiple articles, but one online commentary (from Indiana) appeared to sum it up nicely, “Increased real estate values and marketability, as more improvements and urban utilities are made available.”

  • Column: To be a town or not – you decide

    To be or not to be a town. That is the question.
    Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of the “status quo,” or to take action against a sea of troubles, and by opposing – end them?
    My journey started almost 10 years ago before my retirement. Way back then, I was already concerned about the number of lights being put up at intersections along U.S. 521.

  • Column: Why have political powers fought against town of IL?

    Over the last few months, we’ve seen quite a few county politicians and local leaders voice opposition to Indian Land becoming a town.

  • Column: Don’t be fooled by VTIL’s rhetoric

    Don’t let VTIL fool you into incorporating, Indian Land.
    Voters for a Town of Indian Land is trying to pit you and everyone else in Indian Land against the county of Lancaster to get you to vote for incorporation. They’re using terms like Indian Land is the cash cow for Lancaster, and saying Indian Land gets nothing from Lancaster.
    It should be common sense that an area that probably is more densely populated with probably higher home values than any other in the county, will pay more in taxes. That does not make the other areas less deserving.