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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Thanks, TLN staff, for exposing truth

    We rely on and expect our local newspapers and news stations to report the truth. And we should be offended when someone tries to control the content of truth.
    The incident whereby Eddie Moore, mayor of Heath Springs, who was reported as being a pastor for a good part of his life, trying to influence what should or should not be reported leaves a bad taste in my mouth. As it should in yours.
    I would like to thank Brian Melton and his staff, once again, for reporting and exposing the truth.

    Patricia J. Frantz
    Lancaster

  • Commentary: Deal could give Panthers large tax breaks while creating no jobs

    Two weeks ago, S.C. lawmakers introduced legislation in both the House and the Senate to extend tax favors to the Carolina Panthers in an attempt to lure the NFL team to relocate its practice facility and headquarters (not its stadium) to South Carolina.
    Both bills were being fast-tracked through committee this past week.
    The identical bills contain three incentives.
    First, the legislation would amend the jobs tax credit law to make the Panthers eligible to receive the credit.

  • Editor's column: Mayors don’t get to control which stories reporters write

    Eddie Moore, who until recently had always struck me as an even-keeled sort of guy, asked a TLN reporter to step outside before the Heath Springs Town Council meeting March 14.
    “I don’t want to have any more negative press about Heath Springs in The Lancaster News,” he told her calmly. “Mayor Taylor didn’t like that, and I don’t either.”

  • Column: More details from House’s budget plan

    As a follow-up to my March 8 column on the state budget, I’d like to share other noteworthy previsions in the House budget. These go along with the largest teacher pay raise since 1984, taking S.C. schoolteachers above the Southeastern average, and delivering a tax rebate to give the state’s taxpayers some of their money back from the budget surplus.
    One of the core responsibilities of the House of Representatives is to pass a state budget, which is exactly what was done this past week as the state’s budget moved through the House.

  • Column: AmeriCorps program helping our students with ‘near-peer’ advisers

    Let me tell you about an exciting initiative that I’m privileged to be a part of at my alma mater, Lancaster High School.
    It’s an AmeriCorps program. Created as part of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, AmeriCorps helps individuals give back to their communities in service positions across the United States.

  • Column: Spring arrives, and we bustle to clear away winter’s daze

    Spring comes – like a beautiful woman making promises – and we follow. Aroused by her loveliness, we hastily try to make our premises more suitable for her visit.
    We wash the greyness of winter off the windows, inviting her warmth into our homes. The dusty bookshelves, the soiled carpet, the cluttered closets, the unkempt lawns – all must be cleaned for our bright young guest. We feel rejuvenated by her fragrance, her newness, her vitality. Even the winter flab, which has been obscured beneath bulky sweaters, will be trimmed in her honor.

  • Column: Becoming a county delegate to the state GOP convention

    One of the most important benefits of the Republican Party in Lancaster County is with our county’s delegate slots for the upcoming S.C. Republican Party Convention.
    The size of our county’s delegate block is a great reflection of our county’s growing importance in South Carolina elections and a wonderful reward to the voters of the county for supporting Republican candidates in record numbers.

  • Letter: No engine braking at 3 in the morning

    I have a problem with trucks using their engine braking at the corner in Heath Springs turning towards Kershaw and Flat Rock Road.
    I understand the use of the brake, but not at 3 or 5 or 6 a.m. It literally shakes the windows.
    I talked to the town hall and was told that they would contact the S.C. Department of Transportation. Hope something can be done soon so I can get some sleep.

    Ray Mozingo
    Heath Springs