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Letters

  • Solicitor’s backlog impacts community

    It is very easy for the solicitor’s office to get convictions against people who plead guilty. My problem with the solicitor’s office is that there are so many cases on backlog that concern murder and other crimes that are yet to be prosecuted.

    One murder investigation is supposedly awaiting better forensic evidence before it can be tried. This came out of the mouth of our retired solicitor. This specific case is several years old. The people involved in the commitment of the aforementioned crime are out doing more.

  • Fisher House benefits veterans’ families

    In 1990, Pauline Trost, the wife of Adm. Carlisle H Trost, chief of Naval Operations, presented the idea of the need for temporary lodging facilities for families at major military medical centers. She contacted a known New York real estate developer and major philanthropist Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher.

  • Speeding on U.S. 521 a real problem

    When I write about speeding vehicles on U.S. 521, I am just an old fuddy-duddy who ought to just shut up and sit back down in his rocking chair and leave the driving to those accustomed to ignoring posted speed limits.

    After all, folks have got to get to work or someplace real important.

    Some get delayed at the Shiloh-Unity Road/U.S. 521 intersection traffic light. Those stupid highway engineers install 45-mph speed signs with flashing lights to get our attention. How in the world can I use my cell phone and GPS with such a distraction?

  • American intervention worsens world wars

    South Carolina’s senior senator, Lindsay Graham has interpreted only 56 percent of his party’s vote in the last election as a mandate to run for president. Graham never misses an opportunity to zealously advocate an American foreign policy that imposes American-style democracy on countries, many of which still live contentedly in the 12th century and care little for American interventionalism and the death of American boys for democracy.

    Graham has learned nothing from our failed nation building in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Egypt.

  • Ban antibiotics in animal agriculture

    Recently, President Barack Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias. The Federal Drug Administration will require animal producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use drugs to treat a specific disease, rather than just to promote rapid growth, as is current practice. As much as 80 percent of all United States antibiotics are used in animal agriculture. 

  • Some thoughts for the day

    At a speech at Tuskegee University, first lady Michelle Obama said the right had the audacity to question her love of America as she lambasted the country again as nothing but a racist, minority-hating country. Love to hate is not love.

    Asked about the doubling or tripling of payments for speeches he gave after his wife, Hillary Clinton, became secretary of state, Bill Clinton replied, “I got to pay our bills.” Fifty million dollars to pay bills? You need to shut the lights off when you go out.

  • County should have researched PEBA benefits

    In the story “PEBA say no to LCEDC”,  the Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. became a 501 (c) 4 group in October of 2014. Since the S.C. Public Employee Benefit Authority denied its request to be covered for health benefits, any medical claim filed since then should be invalid. But since PEBA doesn’t rule on eligibility unless an entity asks, it probably paid anyway.

  • Indian Land needs its own post office

    In agreement with William Chick’s letter in the May 13 Carolina Gateway, Indian Land certainly needs it’s own post office instead of all these little stations they are opening up that cannot do the job of a real post office.

    Indian Land is growing fast between customers, new stores opening up, apartments and new homes. The Fort Mill post office cannot handle all of this and should not have to deliver to Indian Land.

  • Don’t we pay enough taxes already?

    Finding ways to tax must be a politician’s delight. During elections, they tell us they want to work to lower our taxes, but once in office they find ways to tax us more, and then try and explain to us why more money is needed. 

    Take impact fees: An impact  fee is a fee that is imposed by a local government on a new or proposed development project to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services to the new development.

  • Griffin letter: Open letter to U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney

    Mr. Mulvaney, why can Indian Land not have its own post office?
    I know about the contract post office at S.C. 160 and U.S. 521, but it is a gas station and the sign on the post office counter states, “We are a gas station first and a post office second, so be patient with the attendant.”
    Indian Land now has more than 21,500 residents and the fastest-growing region in the state. I think we have waited long enough, earned and deserve a real post office.