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Letters

  • Jackson, wife lived high life on others’ money

    Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has negotiated a plea deal with the government, in regards to his misuse of campaign funds.
    He’ll have to pay back money, about $100,000, and is supposed to do some jail time. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that, though.
    It seems he used the money to fill up his house with furniture, bought himself a $40,000 Rolex, and paid travel expenses for a woman he described as a “social acquaintance.” Does that social acquaintance have a pimp (or a financial director?)

  • Is Washington determined to close down postal service?

    Looks like folks in Washington are bound and determined to disband our postal service. It’s been working for more than 200 years in wars and all kinds of weather. Why, our politicians spend more money “investigating” than they do in “fixin’” stuff.
    There is talk about the pension for postal employees, which cannot be changed because of Congress. I guess it’s goodbye to home delivery of mail if we wait for Congress to fix the problem.

  • Officer Brown deserves recognition

    In honor of February’s Black History Month, I would like to pay tribute to one of Lancaster County’s first black sheriff’s deputies, Jimmy Brown. Brown was originally hired by former Sheriff Nae Parks.
    Brown deserves numerous accolades. He served Lancaster County with honesty and pride for his work. He also served under sheriff’s Williford Faile and Johnny Cauthen.
    Jimmy, I want to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Lancaster County.

    Carl Miles
    Lancaser
     

  • Clinton blames others for Benghazi’s deaths

    If you didn’t tune in to watch the Senate questioning Secretary of Stare Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi attack, I can sum up the whole hearing in one word – diarrhea.
    By the amount of time the Democrats spent on reaping praise on Secretary Clinton you’d thought she’d cured cancer, brought peace to the Middle East and won American Idol.

  • Family impressed with Valvoline employees

    On Monday, Jan. 28, our family was saddened to have to bury an aunt, who had died on Jan. 25.
    The funeral was held at the chapel of Hartley-Burgess Funeral Home here in Lancaster. As the funeral procession left the funeral home on Charlotte Highway headed south on U.S. 521, we were amazed at the respect that was shown by a local business and its employees.
    The employees at Valvoline Express Care located at 1565 Charlotte Highway stopped what they were doing, removed their caps, stood outside in a line and bowed their heads.

  • Let’s keep our children safe

    Every school day, my daughter and I stand in the dark near the end of the driveway and watch her bus come to a stop on the opposite side of the road. We use the side of the circular driveway closest to the top of the hill to ensure cars coming up that hill can see the flashing lights on the bus (they can – I’ve stood over there to check). And, always, we look very carefully and wait very patiently for traffic to stop so we can cross the road.

  • ‘Bigger the better’ attitude has taken over

    I read Matthew Taylor’s column calling for a calm, healthy debate on gun control in the Jan. 30, 2013 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Weapons of war have no place on gun racks mounted on the back window of a pick-up or anywhere else for that matter.  Reminds me of the words on a huge Lancaster towing machine (aka wrecker) some years ago. “Don’t call a horse when a pony will do.” In other words, you don’t need a machine gun for rabbit hunting.

  • S.C. 160 widening cuts through family land

    The proposed widening of S.C. 160 is much needed in Lancaster and York counties. We here in northern Indian Land are well aware of the traffic problems facing us every day. In fact, they only seem to be increasing. The new Indian Land school, to be built on Harrisburg Road, will only increase congestion and delays.
    During the citizen comments part of the S.C. Department of Transportation public hearing Jan. 29, we heard about the need for more lighting, a traffic light and something about landscaping that I still don’t quite understand.

  • Buffet has right idea to fix Congress

    I am almost 19 years old and I voted for the first time in the the 2012 General Election.
    As a U.S. citizen, I feel we should all take advantage of this privilege.
    In the 2010-2011 school year, I had the privilege to be in AP U.S. History taught by Miss Kitty Outen. She preached on how important it is for everyone to vote whether you are 18 or 70 years of age.
    In my opinion if you didn’t vote, you should not be able to continue to talk negative about the political system. People should speak up and make a difference.

  • Banning inanimate objects not viable solution

    I read with great interest the Jan. 30, 2013, guest article from former Lancaster resident Matthew Taylor, who now lives in Sydney Australia. I was going to respond to some of the items he is ranting about in  his letter, but why do I want to debate with someone who now lives outside of the United States? He obviously has issues with the rural lifestyle of where he was born.