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Letters

  • Nitpicking will only divide us

    I am writing in response to David Whiting’s letter, “It’s time to take back the South,” published in the Jan. 8 edition of The Lancaster News. There isn’t anything wrong with driving children to school. This is part of our freedom. We have a choice.

    Your opinions are yours. The South has never been taken away from Southerners. It’s here where it always was – it never moved.

  • County’s No. 1 priority should be jobs

    I enjoyed J.R. Wilt’s comments in his guest column, “What we should be doing,” regarding upscale retailers and housing in the Jan. 24 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Having worked for 50 years in retail management, I can tell you he is right on regarding his retail comments.

    I can also tell you that one of the best places we have lived in the past put in a 2-acre minimum to stop the uncontrolled growth.

  • Uncontrolled development hurts schools

    The problem is essentially that Lancaster County can approve new housing faster than the school system can raise money to build new schools.

    The morning of Jan. 13, Lancaster County School District and county officials met to discuss how uncontrolled development, particularly in Indian Land, is harming the Lancaster County school system.

    Reece Murphy wrote an excellent story in the Jan. 22 Carolina Gateway on the official version of what took place at that meeting. Essentially, the parties agreed to meet periodically and talk about the situation.

  • We must keep politics out of important decisions

    I read with interest William McGarry’s column, “Investment Commission needs reform,” about the S.C. Retirement System Commission in the Jan. 15 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Unlike Mr. McGarry, I am a retired public employee and for the last eight years have carefully followed every major piece of legislation that has passed the General Assembly concerning the S.C. retirement system.

  • North Elem. teachers to be commended

    Hold on there, I ain’t praising a troop of Yankee soldiers, but I gotta confess there is a bunch of seasoned troops who stand out in front of North Elementary School assisting young students entering and leaving vehicles.

    At the school’s entrance, they have an assembly line set up to get children out of or into their various forms of transportation.

    Seems like during fair and warm weather we, designated drivers of school-aged children, sorta take those teachers for granted.

  • Medicaid expansion needed

    Kudos to the letter from Ralph and Bonnie Lawrance of Indian Land in The Lancaster News regarding South Carolina’s refusal to join in the Medicaid Expansion Program.

    This is indeed a humanitarian issue, as it was pointed out that South Carolina has ranked near the

  • Take a look at how much S.C. spends on Medicaid

    I am confused. The Affordable Care Act aka Obamacare was promoted to help cover an estimated 30 million Americans without health insurance. Depending upon which source you accept, roughly 2.2 million people have signed up for health insurance.

    If you add the 5 million people whose policies were canceled because of Obamacare, the total uninsured is 35 million – plus or minus the 2 million who have signed up.

    Maybe I am not able to “cipher” as well as most, but it seems to me we have more uninsured now than before Obamacare went into effect.

  • Groups make lasting legacy

    On behalf of Lancaster County Partners for Youth board of directors, I would like to extend a huge thank you to the 45 businesses and organizations that sponsored our recent celebration honoring Founders Federal Credit Union and the founding board members of the Lancaster Medical Endowment.

    We could not think of two more deserving groups of people to honor for their impact on youth and education in our community.

  • Knights thank HOPE donors

    Many, many thanks from the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of Grace Council 14765 in Indian Land to the people and businesses of Indian Land and the surrounding areas, our council and its members and families. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued generosity and support in helping us to raise funds for people with intellectual disabilities.

  • Don’t let elderly fall victim to scammers

    We all need to help make sure our elderly don’t fall for all the telephone scams. Scammers love to prey on the elderly. If an elderly person withdraws a large sum of money from his or her account, we need to find out why they are doing so.

    Some of the older people are losing their entire retirement money because of these scams.

    Do not give out your credit card information to these phone scammers. And if you receive any of these calls, get all the information you can from them and call the authorities.