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Larry Plyler

City Council majority thumps rules, legal criteria

I read with interest the article concerning the City Council’s recommendation to the Lancaster County Transportation Committee (CTC) which streets needed to be repaved within the city limits of Lancaster.

Council had to decide between a lists of streets that were in dire need of repaving. Specifically mentioned were Clinton Avenue, Rock Springs Street, Hawthorne Road, Hampton Road and Springs Street and others that were not mentioned.


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William St. Louis

Time to remove Confederate flag

Imagine the year is 2039, which is 100 years since Germany invaded Poland to start a second world war.

To commemorate the anniversary, the German Republic decides to fly a flag emblazoned with a swastika on its capitol grounds. They say the flag is a symbol of their heritage and it is flying for all German soldiers and civilians who died during the war.


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De'Earnte R. Adams

Nightmare becomes reality

A simple night of fun turns into the worst nightmare for a mother. While documenting a short film, “Vision of Home,” Dekeem O. Reed’s mother, Alice Blackmon Tillman, showed the filming crew a picture she bought her son years before he was murdered.


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Ted Pitts

S.C. jobs are in jeopardy

For more than 50 years, Morrison Textile Machinery has been a major employer in the Lancaster County area, a region that is growing at a rapid pace.

Lancaster is the fastest-growing county in South Carolina and the 26th fastest in the United States. York County is the fourth fastest-growing in the state and 68the fastest in the United States.


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Mick Mulvaney

Focus on victims’ families, then on Confederate flag

I would like to start by saying that I am disappointed that the conversation in South Carolina – largely driven by those outside our state – has been focused on a flag, rather than the victims of a heinous crime and their courageous and forgiving families.

While I always welcome debate on a divisive issue, I prefer that debate not come on the heels of a tragedy before the victims have even been laid to rest.


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Graham Osteen

Remove flag from S.C. Capitol grounds

If the S.C. General Assembly doesn’t get the Confederate battle flag off the Statehouse grounds after what happened in Charleston last week, then we may as well replace the Palmetto Tree on the proper state flag – the beautiful blue one – with a swastika.

I’m sick of the cockeyed excuses from state politicians about why the Confederate flag issue is so complicated.


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Leland Summers

Confederate heritage group issues statement on massacre

On the night of June 17, an attempt was made to break the spirit of all South Carolinians. The deranged mind of a horrendous individual entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and took the lives of nine admirable individuals.

This historic house of God became the scene of a brutal massacre beyond understanding. We all contemplate, why did this happen? Perhaps this is a question that cannot be answered. What kind of a world are we leaving behind for our children, when you can’t go into God’s house without the threat of being gunned down?


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Nancye Hammond, Rebecca Ghent, Rachel Robinson

Pay tribute to Daddy on Father’s Day

Our Daddy, Jack Caskey, left this world on May 15, 2015, after having been in hospice care since September 2014.

First of all, my sincere prayer is that every daughter has a wonderful father in their life. I know that I am looking through rose-colored glasses, if I think this is always true, but my sisters and I were the blessed ones.

Daddy was an amazing man, to his children, to many, many Boy Scouts, to many children and young people whom he worked with in his beloved church.


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Glenn Mollette

Fathers need to be present every day for their children

Sadly, too many Americans are growing up without the presence of a father. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children live in homes without their biological fathers.

The positive impacts of having dad around are numerous, such as better social/emotional and academic functioning and fewer behavioral problems.

Children in absent-father homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in two-parent families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in single-mother families.


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Bill Rogers

Cell phones best option for police oversight

Hardly a week goes by now without the surfacing of a cell-phone video of police abuse, often of minorities.

These private camera videos are providing the best and often only record of police confrontations, such as the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, or the more recent incident at a pool party in Texas.

South Carolina just passed a law requiring police to wear body cameras, and while they may do some internal good, don’t expect to see the images in the news.


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