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Letters

  • Letter: Tribute to those who died for us

    A lot of men and women have given their lives for the red, white and blue.
    To those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation fighting under that flag, and to all the others who served with them, and to all of their families, this country thanks you.
    God bless these brave people, and God bless America.

    Carl M. Miles Sr.
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Lancaster County civics course well worth the investment

    I am a recent graduate of the 2017 Learning Lancaster Civics Course provided by Lancaster County.
    This course was educational, enjoyable and overall a great experience. I have learned so much regarding Lancaster County – how it works, where and how it spends our tax dollars, and what services it offers.

  • Letter: I oppose president on ending loan forgiveness for teachers

    I am a public school special education teacher. This month President Trump revealed he wants to cut public education funding and to end the Loan Forgiveness Plan for Teachers who teach in high-need areas and in high-need schools.
    I do not think it is acceptable to end this program when over 500,000 public employees are about to receive our forgiveness during the next fiscal year. The program was started in order to recruit more teachers and to combat the rising cost of higher education.

  • Letter: Governor is right on gun bill

    In his Sunday guest column, Phil Nobel characterized Gov. Henry McMaster’s first 100 days in office as a failure. Among the reasons he gave was that the governor supports legislation that would allow South Carolinians to carry guns without first obtaining a permit to do so.
    It is obvious from the words “God given” and “unalienable” that the founding fathers viewed certain behaviors as fundamental rights, not privileges granted by the government. One of these is the right to keep and bear arms.

  • Letter: Writer asks for God’s help and intervention after tragic deaths

    My heart goes out to Jim Burgess and his family after the tragic death of his wife Coleen. Jim, I don’t know you personally, but God bless you and your family. It will be hard, but it will get better.
    Also, we need to pray for the families of the two young men who were killed recently. We have had too many gang-related deaths, young men in the prime of their lives.
    God, please intervene with your holy power and stop the murders of our young men, and let them grow up.

    Carl Miles Sr. 

  • Letter: A family’s thanks to Housing Authority

    My uncle lived at Caroline Court for many years. Sadly, he passed away last week.
    The staff of the Housing Authority of Lancaster went above and beyond their job requirements in serving our family. I would like to thank Mr. Jerry Witherspoon, Ms. Sharon Coleman, the maintenance crew, and all the other staff members for treating my uncle like family.
    Many times government agencies can be cold and difficult. Not these folks. They were always compassionate and professional.

  • Letter: Thanking everyone for help during crisis

    Editor’s note: The writer was married for 47 years to Coleen Burgess, who died April 6 when a tree fell on their Buford home.
    I am writing you to thank everyone for their contributions to the Burgess family, from our neighborhood, from Lancaster and all around. Especially the churches that gave, Bethany Presbyterian Church in Monroe and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lancaster, and all who mailed in gifts.
    God bless all of you.

    James C. Burgess Sr.
    Buford

  • Letter: How do residents benefit from being incorporated?

    I have a question for Russell Rhoads, whose letter in the April 7 issue addressed incorporating Indian Land.
    Please explain the benefits, in detail, of one more layer of government by the incorporated township of Indian Land, so we all know what to expect when and if it happens.
    How much money will be needed? How much will taxes increase?  Who and how will the leaders be elected, such as a mayor or supervisor and council persons? Someone needs to run the town.

  • Letter: Plenty of opportunity for HOA hypocrites

    In the April 7 issue of The Lancaster News, Russell Rhoads found it hypocritical that a person who elects to live in a community with an HOA should speak against incorporation because of the additional cost.
    After an informal look at the communities up and down U.S. 521, Fort Mill Highway, Shelley Mullis, Harrisburg  and Jim Wilson roads, I suspect that most have an HOA.
    By Rhoads’ logic, if you live in a community with an HOA and speak against incorporation because of the additional cost, you are a hypocrite.  

  • Letter: Ask legislators to back vaccination programs

    One and a half million children die each year from diseases that could have been prevented by a vaccine. This is because, shockingly, one in five children in the world still lacks access to the basic childhood vaccines we take for granted in the United States. This is a problem with a solution, so we must act!