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Letters

  • Legislators feather own nests despite hard times

    The Sept. 23 edition of USA Today lead with a front-page story about how state legislatures set aside extra-lucrative pensions for themselves. This is nothing new; there have been media reports for years about the practice of legislating one’s own pay and pensions. It’s not just the federal Congress that gets away with this practice.
    The state with one of the worst records of setting themselves up with huge pension benefits is our own conservative South Carolina.

  • Protesters focus on gap between haves, have-nots

    I have been watching the news coverage of the protests against Wall Street. As I listen to the points the protesters are trying to make, I am reminded of the old saying, “Figures don’t lie, but liars figure.” I am also reminded of the saying, “Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

  • Duke’s rate increase is an example of greed

    Recently, Duke Energy requested a rate hike increase ranging from 15 to 20 percent.
    The sole responsibility for granting a rate hike increase rests in the hands of our S.C. Public Service Commission.
    Members of the commission are appointed by your elected representative in Columbia.
    Duke’s increase will not only increase your electric bill at home, it will also increase the cost of your food, clothing or anything bought by you, the consumer, even the amount of sales tax paid on goods.

  • Cain’s 9-9-9 plan is immoral for seniors

    Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan will not work for many of us as members of the senior community. Specifically, some of us, for different explanations, are left to live on a fixed income.
    Many seniors are already forced to continue working to pay bills and make ends meet.
    Many disabled seniors are unable to work at all.

  • What happened to the county fair this year?

    Someone somewhere owes the people of Lancaster County a very big apology. I only hope that person is man (or woman) enough to own this huge mistake, step forward and offer some type of explanation as to where the county fair went this year.

  • Hospice care available for those who need it

    No one likes to think about death and dying, but it’s something everyone has to face eventually. There’s an incredible resource in our community that provides comfort, dignity and respect to all those coping with a serious or life-limiting illness. It’s United Hospice of the Piedmont.

  • Please don’t approve any more taxes

    I do not believe I have sent a letter of opinion to a newspaper in my life. So you can imagine my sincere feeling about this subject to send one now.
    The title of my subject is: No more taxes or fees.
    A few weeks ago, I was very proud of our County Council members when they decided not to increase taxes and fees for next year’s budget. This was after a public meeting where a number of residents expressed their concerns about increasing taxes and fees.

  • Former resident enjoys giving back to community

    I was born in Lancaster and moved to Atlanta 13 years ago to further my career in the celebrity hair and barbering world. I was given a great opportunity by Douglas Thompson of Flava’s Barbershop and Tarrance Davidson of ICE Entertainment to join them on their styling team. I was recently asked to participate in the 65th anniversary Barber Nation Battle of the Baddest, Boldest and Best Barber to be held in February 2012 in Atlanta.

  • Writer questions city decision

    I recently read a story that said the city of Lancaster was taking money from the reserve fund to pay for an infrastructure project on Brook Drive. If the city can do that, why can’t it take money from the hospitality tax account to fund the auditorium and bathrooms for Hope on the Hill since it meets the requirements for receiving that funding?

    Sharon Miller
    Lancaster

  • Our school district blessed to have talented teachers

    The late Pat Bufford. Robbie Lou Chesser. Mary Ester Faile. Tom McDuffie. Erlinda Broughton. Carolyn Jordan. Deborah Keenan. Jane Roscoe. Linda Easley.  Carolyn Petroski. Bob Bundy. Anne Seegars.
    These are the names of a few, and only of a few, of some of the most influential people ever to enter my life – teachers.
    These people taught me far more than algebra, English, history or chemistry.
    They helped develop my character, creativity, charisma and a craving for learning that persists today.