• A tribute to Patricia ‘Patty’ Bridges

    Too many times we wait until a friend has died to tell the world what a wonderful person she or he was, and I am just as guilty as the next person about that.

    On this day, however, I would like to pay tribute to Patty Bridges.

    She was an incredible lady, role model and teacher. She taught with dignity and integrity. She really got to know each of her students individually.

    That way, she knew how best to meet their needs. Her love for all her students was shown by her “motherly” interaction with them.

  • Constitution 101 with CNBC

    I was appalled watching the GOP debate on CNBC from Boulder, Colorado. Instead of focusing on economic issues such as creating jobs, interest rates, Dodd Frank and taxation, questions from the moderators showed they’re a bunch of “pinheads.” Sorry, Bill O’Reilly.

    Since when was sports betting considered an economic issue? According to my current MBA class in North Carolina, sports betting is not mentioned once in the Constitution. It is outside the scope of the federal government.

  • County schools still lag behind Fort Mill

    At first glance, the recent SAT scores suggested that our district is doing very well. As reflected in the article, our school superintendent and executive director of planning and accountability for Lancaster County School District were impressed with the results.

    However, a quick search on the S.C. Department of Education website revealed that SAT scores in Lancaster County School District were almost 14 percent lower than Fort Mill School District and the Lancaster County ACT scores were 16 percent lower than in the Fort Mill district.

  • We need some common sense

    Can I get an amen? That’s what I wanted to shout after reading W.B. Evans’ Oct. 16 letter regarding the idiotic notion of bulding the expressway to Rock Hill.

    Thank you, W.B., it will save a majority of us from getting writer’s cramp from giving our opinion to Lancaster County Council.

    Does council actually think that this bridge/highway to York County will benefit Lancaster County? Get real.

  • Cummings an example of poor politics

    Sometimes I have to stop and wonder how in the world some of our congressmen and women get elected at all. Elijah Cummings, of Maryland, is one of them. At the hearings on Benghazi, at which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton passed the buck, Cummings ranted about the amount of taxpayers’ money being used for the hearings.

  • Washington grateful for support

    I would like to acknowledge so many people who made the first NGA Red Rose City Classic Natural Championship at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium on Oct. 17 possible.

    I appreciate the National Gym Association (NGA) and its president Andy Bostinto.

    Andy is responsible for laying the foundation and giving athletes and promotors like myself a drug-free platform to show case our talents and to inspire and encourage others to do the same.

  • We must stand up for what we believe

    I am an 82-year-old woman who lives alone and watches a lot of television, especially the news.

    What disturbs me is someone always trying to take God out of something. Some people wanted to take prayer out of schools.When it happened, the guns came in. See the news for the proof. Some want God taken out of what this country stands for.

    America was founded on God and it has always worked. I always heard if it works, why change?

    Now some want God out of so many things as to not offend someone.

  • Beckham was Produce Man

    A lot of life is taking things for granted. You know, a familiar face is always just where it is supposed to be.

    I, like so many of you, dash in and out of Wal-Mart most everyday to pick up a stalk of celery, a head of lettuce and maybe some fresh green beans.

    Right regular or most of the time, the Produce Man, Jimmy Beckham, was shuffling through the taters and pole beans. You know, sorta jazzing them up for a fresh appearance.

  • Get facts before criticizing

    Perhaps instead of firing off a letter to the editor about where Mick Mulvaney’s child goes to school Christine Miller should have contacted his office to ask him about his children. I’m guessing that she is not aware that he has more than one child, which it plainly states on his website. I would kindly suggest she contact his office to get all the facts before criticizing.

    Heather Breedlove


  • Please donate to help flood victims

    My name is Ryker Robinson Jr. I am a student of Kenaki Karate Association. As a part of my black belt apprenticeship, I am required to do a community service project. I would like to collect items to help the people who were affected by the flooding from Hurricane Joaquin. I would like to help these people because many of them lost their belongings in the flood. Many people don’t have water or clothes to wear. Some people have no shelter or food to eat.