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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Indian Land ‘no’ voters, take note of Lancaster County’s tax trouble

    In last Sunday’s front-page article about Lancaster County’s inexplicable drop off in property tax collections, council member Billy Mosteller says: “We aren’t talking $10,000. We are talking millions.”
    I hope all of you who voted “no” on Indian Land becoming a town are satisfied with the current situation.

    Jules Giglio
    Indian Land

  • Letter: Band plays song honoring Howard

    The Rock Hill All Star Band played a song last Friday during a performance at Lancaster’s Moose Lodge to honor the late Mayor John Howard.
    “I Won’t Back Down” is a classic rock song written by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne in 1989. It was first performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. After the 9/11 attack, it gained a lot of additional airplay and came to be the song that spoke to the “spirit resolve” of the U.S. military.

  • Column: Lots of costly consulting on nuclear fiasco

    Three out-of-state consulting businesses hired by the S.C. legislature to provide “advice” on the V.C. Summer fiasco have submitted bills totaling more than $230,000, though only one firm has produced a written report.
    To put the $232,379 public tab in some perspective, it could cover the failed nuclear project portion of about 8,600 monthly bills for typical South Carolina Electric & Gas residential customers, based on 1,000 kilowatt hours used in a month.

  • Column: Background, mental checks on 1st Amendment tools as well?

    In his April 25 guest column, Rudy Falkenberg suggests that we need to place limits on ammunition, since a firearm without ammunition is no more useful than a club.
    I suggest that we should accept the liberal position, first espoused by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839, that “the pen is mightier than the sword.” This being the case, should we not then apply to the tools of the First Amendment (i.e., pens, pencils and keyboards) the same constraints that the liberals seek to impose upon the tools of the Second Amendment (i.e., firearms and ammunition)?

  • Letter: I was wrong on Randy Newman

    When I’m wrong, I admit it.
    Solicitor Randy Newman, I should have realized you would be the best man for the job. You had the best sixth-circuit solicitor, Doug Barfield, showing you the ropes before you ran.
    You have done everything you said you would do, plus more. I think we all in Lancaster should be proud of you.
    I voted for William Frick, but I’m now glad you won. Being older does not necessarily mean you’re the best.
    You’re young and have great ideas for helping our town and the court system. And you’re doing it.

  • Column: 24 hours of making a difference

    As part of our dedication to making a positive difference in our community, we at the J. Marion Sims Foundation, Lancaster County Community Foundation, and Lancaster County Partners for Youth Foundation encourage you to support the network of local nonprofit organizations who work hard every day for the betterment of our citizens.
    This can be accomplished by logging in to www.GiveLocalLancaster.org on Tuesday, May 1, at your convenience from midnight to 11:59 p.m., selecting the nonprofit(s) close to your heart, and donating!

  • Column: SCANA puts shareholders’ interests ahead of ratepayers’

    A few weeks back, I asked a stock analyst how it made sense that SCANA had issued $87.5 million in quarterly dividends on the same day it reported a quarterly loss of $445 million, as a result of its decision to abandon construction of two nuclear reactors.
    Oh, that $445 million was a one-time cost, he explained, and SCANA is still a very healthy company, so there would be no justification for reducing or refusing to pay dividends. He was very patient, but he simply could not understand why I could not understand his point.

  • Letter: Promise Neighborhood needs Give Local help next Tuesday

    As a Lancaster Promise Neighborhood supporter, I want to make sure you know that Give Local Lancaster is next Tuesday!
    Please help support our efforts to empower, strengthen, engage and educate families within the Clinton Elementary attendance zone, with the goal of restoring community pride and ensuring educational success for every child from birth to college. Specifically, funds raised during Give Local Lancaster are designated for the community workdays.
    How Do You Donate?