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Letters

  • 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.

  • Thumbs up for sheriff’s fee district

    My wife and I moved to Indian Land six years ago because of a job transfer and found a wonderful home in the BridgeHampton neighborhood. 

    We really like it here, but have been concerned about the increasing crime rate over the last couple of years, so I was pleased to read the article about Sheriff Barry Faile’s plans to beef up law enforcement coverage in our area.

  • Springmaid Beach holds so many memories

    Thousands of former Springs employees visited Springmaid Beach located in the boondocks of an earlier-thriving Myrtle Beach known for its Pavilion and concentration of amusement rides, which lured mostly working folks for a weekend or the entire week during plant shutdown.

    Like a coin, Myrtle Beach was on one side and everyone and everything was on the other side. Gosh, it was a place to just let it all hangout and toss cares to the wind.

  • ‘Child of the soil’ rescues baby buzzards

    I have a friend, Betty Jean. I have told her many times that she is a “child of the soil.” This means she a is a lover and caretaker of all flora and fauna. This past summer she took fauna farther than even I calculated, which I very much do admire.

  • Watch those property tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and looking forward to a busy 2015, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon. All residential property taxes are due in our office by Thursday, Jan. 15 – and the late penalties can be costly – so please don’t be late.

    Those homeowners whose tax payments are postmarked after Jan. 15 will have a 3 percent penalty assessed. This penalty will rise to 10 percent after Feb. 1, and to 15 percent after March 16.

  • Keep the city pool open

    When are we going to start putting our children first? I was forced to ponder this question when I was informed that Lancaster County Council voted not to jointly own the the city pool with the city of Lancaster.

    Closing the pool would affect numerous kids, including members of the recreation and the high school swim teams, and others who use the pool during the summer. It is disheartening that we can build a $33 million courthouse, but fail to invest in the future – our children.

  • City seeks to do away with annexation notification

    Are you a county resident who happens to receive water and sewer service from the city of Lancaster? If so, you probably remember that little agreement you had to sign that said if the city limits ever came up to your property line that you agreed to be automatically annexed into the city of Lancaster.

  • System can’t help if we make bad decisions

    This letter is in response to Tommicha Walker’s letter, “Help find wanted man,” in the Nov. 30 edition of The Lancaster News. Walker was writing in response to Ramond Johnson who wrote the letter, “System failing to keep us safe.”

    The system cannot help us if we decide to put ourselves in harm’s way.

    In the story about Javarus Hayden being wanted for attempted murder, there were two people breaking the law and Javarus was one of them.