• ‘Lousy job’ on road repair

    ‘Lousy job’ on road repair

    I would like to let it be known that Lancaster County made some kind of repair at the corner of U.S. 521 and River Road.

    When the workers were done, they just filled the hole with gravel and did not fill the hole all the way.

    There are holes big enough to knock a hubcap off, and there are edges where they cut the road that could bust a tire. They did a very lousy job and I think it should be redone.

  • Facts, without the whining and ranting

    This article is in response to the Brooks Walker’s column, “Obama opens himself up for criticisms,” in the Jan. 16 edition of The Lancaster News and John P. Lage Jr.’s column, “Noble twisted facts to defend Obama,” in the Jan. 18 edition. Both articles were crticizing President Barack Obama.

    Shame on both of you for misrepresenting facts.

    Here are the facts:

  • Going to school can be deadly

    One Wednesday morning I couldn’t sleep and I knew my Lancaster News would be in that little orange box at the end of the driveway. So, I slipped on an old coat and took a plunge into the darkened morning.

    The moon seemed to be hiding behind some clouds, then I noticed the flashing yellow caution lights of a school bus coming to a stop on the curbside southbound lane of old U.S. 521.

    Why the only traffic stopping was directly behind the bus. All other lanes were in race mode. But kids will dart into traffic, they’re so young and trusting.

  • IL Masons help support Children’s Home

    The mission of the Lancaster Children’s Home is to provide a safe, stable, structured, nurturing, home-like environment for abused, abandoned or neglected children within Lancaster County and the state of South Carolina.

    The home survives because of donations from private individuals, companies and other organizations. I am proud to say that the Indian Land Masonic Lodge is one of many organizations that support the home through financial donations.

  • Animals have personality

    I raised a cat named Blackie and trained him from a kitten. I trained him to do tricks and speak in a human voice. A professor from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did a sonogram on Blackie, who could say “I want my mama,” and “I love you.”

    Blackie knew what he was saying and and would kiss us every day and say he loved us. He earned money for us in the Augusta area until the city of Augusta made me get a business license. I, in turn, sued the city. You can Google the story and read the details, as well as see Blackie talk.

  • Kind act restores woman’s faith in mankind

    During the holiday season, I had gone to Walmart with my $40 gift card to get some goodies.

    After walking around the store some 20 minuetes, I checked my pocket for my card, just to make sure it was there. But, I found out that I had lost it.

    I retraced my tracks, but no card. I was heartbroken and left the store teary-eyed.

    In early January, I noticed in The Lancaster News someone had put an ad in the paper, “Gift card found, call to reclaim.”

  • Sun City homeowners will get stuck with road bill

    I read with much dismay the recent article in the Jan. 2 issue of The Lancaster News concerning the Sun City road issues.

    My first question is: Why weren’t the roads inspected by Lancaster County during construction of the roads? That way, any standards could have been addressed at that time and corrected.

    By Pulte not supplying the necessary engineering proof and certification immediately tells Lancaster County that the roads are not to specification.

  • Find out where gas tax is going before raising it

    Raise the gas tax?

    Not until we know to the penny what it is funding now.

    For many years, that gas tax money built roads. Then we didn’t need so many roads, but the money kept coming in. All that lovely money attracted political causes like garbage attracts flies at the local, state and federal levels. Now we need to use that money to repair roads, which we should have been doing for years.

    First, we should take it back from places it doesn’t belong; only then do we add more tax money to the pile.

  • Officers deserve credit for quick thinking

    When a civilian loses his life during a violent confrontation with police, there is frequently a complaint that the officers overreacted or used excessive force.

    The officers who arrested Curtis Ja’ven Sowell in the story, “Man pulls handgun during arrest,” in the Jan. 9 edition of The Lancaster News, are to be congratulated for their quick thinking and self-restraint.

    Mr. Sowell should count himself lucky and the rest of us can sleep a little easier knowing that such professionals are protecting our streets.

    Charles Kaska

  • Residents have no say in city annexation

    Lancaster City Council passed first reading for the changes proposed to the current annexation rules at the Jan. 13 council meeting.

    What does this mean? Let’s take an example – three years ago the city attempted to annex five new lots in the Arrowood subdivision.

    The city was required to post such intensions in the local newspaper, notify 100 percent of the proposed annexed property owners, notify the surrounding property owners and to have a posted public hearing where residents could speak and let their views be heard.