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Letters

  • Do your part on Earth Day

    On April 22, we will have the 44th anniversary of Earth Day. This was started by people as a way to call attention to environmental pollution the country was then experiencing.

    So in the past 44 years, how have we done as a nation? As a former EPA administrator has said, “All of our rivers and lakes may not be fishable and swimmable, but they are no longer flammable.”

  • No reason for continuing shooting rampages

    There are no excuses for the continued rampage on the Fort Hood Army Base.

    Officials make feeble explanations as to why a soldier breaks down from the stresses of war.

    The reason is in Washington. We still have a bunch of old war hawks and a military industrial complex who love to send others into battles to enrich their own bank accounts.

    Our generals should be engaged in battle plans not the bedrooms of female admirers.

  • First Steps celebrates Week of the Young Child

    Young children in Lancaster County deserve the best that we can give them.

    The Week of the Young Child, April 6-12, is a time to recognize the needs of young children, and thank the adults involved in their education and care.

    Parents, teachers, caregivers and other adults play important roles in the lives of young children, and the Week of the Young Child celebrates their efforts.

  • Advice for South Carolina: Promise more, deliver more

    This is a response to S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s opinion article, “Advice for White House: Promise less, deliver more,” in the April 4 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Are you one of those bureaucrats who promotes less government? You complain in your article, but offer no solutions. You and your governor turn down federal school money and Medicaid expansion.

  • Writer compels Haley to fix roads

    Editor’s note: Following is a copy of letter Lancaster resident Thaddeus Sexton Jr. sent to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

    Dear Gov. Haley,

    Rowell Road in Lancaster County is only 2.3 miles long. There are about 40 houses on the road and it is one of the major roads, which lead to Tabernacle United Methodist Church. I’ve included some pictures that were taken recently to show the condition of the road.

  • Harsh winter to blame for pot hole problems

    I share letter writer Pete Melton’s concern about our roads. The problem is due to nature. Rain falls and water settles into small cracks in the road surface. The water freezes and expands and the small cracks become big holes.

    And this cycle will occur over and over, as we have seen during this terrible winter. I don’t blame our officials. I think they do what they can. 

    Bob Summer

    Lancaster

  • Main Street nostalgia fades in our big box stores

    I enjoyed Sunday’s edition of The Lancaster News and the articles related to Main Street. Those two blocks of Lancaster County real estate still exists, although any resemblance to those days of yesteryear is purely coincidental.

    One might say, we got a little too big for our britches. Old was out, new was in. Parking on Main Street was too much trouble. Small, family-owned businesses struggled. Family elders passed away and younger family members had other interests. Shoppers wanted convenience, everything under one roof, so to speak.

  • Don’t cheat our children

    If you own a home in Lancaster County and are receiving the residential rate of 4 percent, please be aware that you do not qualify for your lower tax rates and exemptions if you rent or lease your home for more than 14 days.

  • What’s happened to America?

    Several days ago, The Observer printed an article on marijuana in North Carolina. If this is okayed, it will make 21 states that have made medical marijuana OK.

    Who will govern who gets it and who doesn’t?

    Who will govern who grows it? Why is it that we fought 40 or 50 years to keep this stuff from crossing our border from Mexico?

    The reason is that our leaders have mismanaged our tax money to the point that they are going to tax something that used to be illegal to try to ease the deficit they have created by wasteful spending.

  • Woman looking for person who hit her car

    I am a 64-year-old widow and during our recent snow and ice storm I was going to the store and was heading to the stoplight at Market Street.

    A dark green Honda pulled in front of me and hit the brakes. So, naturally, I ran into the car. The car pulled off and left. My car was damaged and I was hurt very badly. I plead with the person who did this to have some respect and fix my car.

    Nancy Moser

    Lancaster