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Letters

  • Baust letter: Indian Land is county’s private cash cow

    Your “Devastating fallout” news article (Dec. 27, 2017) made my decision easy. I am voting for the town of Indian Land. I’ve been on the fence about incorporation since I heard about the idea several years ago, but this article confirms what I’ve been hearing from local residents all along – that the rest of Lancaster County sees Indian Land as nothing more than their private cash cow.

  • Meads letter: Here’s an alternative to IL incorporation

    There may be a better alternative to incorporation. What if there was a way to achieve both representation and maintain stable property taxes?
    What percentage of property, business and sales tax revenue does Indian Land generate as compared to the rest of Lancaster County? Is it 60 percent? I am honestly not sure of the exact number, but let’s say for example that 60 percent of the county’s tax revenue is generated within the borders of Indian Land.  

  • Laddy letter: ‘Specious’ arguments on both sides of town issue

    First, I’m absolutely in favor of incorporation of Indian Land. This does not mean that I don’t want to hear both sides of the argument.
    When I attended a “vote yes” meeting in Sun City Carolina Lakes, it was evident that no one from the secretive “vote no” group showed up. Matt McCusker pleaded for some opposition people to speak up. Two residents who were opposed volunteered to speak against.

  • Chick letter: Misleading signs promise voters too much

    The vote on incorporating the town of Indian Land has been set for Tuesday, March 27. The vote will be yes or no.
    Please try and get the facts. I personally don’t understand what the facts are on why a group wants me to vote yes. My opinion: It started with someone being denied a zoning permit.
    I have called the state and some elected officials, and here is what I got from them. The county of Lancaster will not lower your taxes.

  • Sansbury letter: I blame Hollywood violent culture

    Once again, our hearts are shattered with the loss of 17 innocent and precious souls in Parkland, Fla.
    Mass shootings have become a common American travesty that must be eliminated from our society forever. It is only natural for human beings to place blame, fault or condemnation on the shooter, the president, Congress or the NRA.

  • VTIL letter: Take control of our future by voting yes

    Vote yes for a town! We will decide on Tuesday, March 27.
    It’s time for Indian Land to control its own future and have true democratic representation (as opposed to only two of seven Lancaster County Council seats).
    We have a choice.
    Does Indian Land want to continue to be the county’s cash cow and get more rampant growth that makes us an industrial drive-thru plagued by strangling traffic?
    Or do we want our own town that makes sure the millions of tax dollars we already pay are kept in Indian Land to fix our problems?

  • Blackwelder letter: Life-saving technology turned 50 years old

    Fifty years ago, Rep. Rankin Fite, speaker of the Alabama House, placed the first 911 call from the Haleyville City Hall.
    From that small beginning, 911 technology has continually evolved, becoming an essential part of public safety across America. Each advancement has improved our nation’s ability to get faster, more reliable information to first responders so they can do their job of saving lives and property.

  • Connor letter: VTIL going after too much farmland

    On Saturday, Feb. 10, my wife and I took a ride down to the southern end of Indian Land. Since we live near 160 and 521, we pretty much covered the length of Indian Land.
    We drove around the area up and down a number of side roads to get a feel of what Voters for a Town of Indian Land wants to incorporate. It is appalling the amount of farmland they want to include in the town.
    We understand it is about 40 square miles of the 58 square miles they want to include, but you don’t realize how much this is until you see it.

  • Evans letter: Why I support Indian Land incorporation

    I will be voting “yes” for the town of Indian Land.
    I have no connection to the organizers on either side of this issue. But to me, the decision is fairly simple.
    We need representation on decisions that affect our community. At present, we are out-voted on the Lancaster County Council, usually 5-2, and we will not gain a majority even if we pick up another Indian Land seat after the next census. There is no way in the foreseeable future to have any semblance of being adequately represented on the council.

  • Carroll letter: ‘Smoke and mirrors’ on IL incorporation

    Smoke and mirrors – that is what I see and hear with every explanation as to why Indian Land needs to do this (incorporate) now.
    A town cannot stop the traffic that is already here. A town cannot control the county school system. The signs are so misleading.
    I will tell you my opinion: Of the originators, someone wants to be the mayor, someone has an ax to grind with the county, and someone owns property where they hope to put a town hall.
    Vote no on March 27 or call the voter registration office to get an absentee ballot.