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Letters

  • What is a fire protection district?

    On Oct. 26, Lancaster County Council adopted Resolution No. 737 to begin the process of establishing a fire protection district for the Indian Land Fire District, coupled with the abolishment of three special tax districts.
    A non-binding, advisory referendum will be held on Jan. 18, 2011, for all registered voters in the Indian Land Fire District.
    What is a fire protection district and what will it mean to me? That’s a big question and not one that can be answered quickly.

  • Fire chiefs conference a source of pride

    I hope that you saw the fire trucks on display at the west end of the campus of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster. They were there for the annual conference of the South Carolina fire chiefs. The fire trucks were magnificent in their splendor, all shined and polished, fit for a presidential inaugural parade.

  • Provide firefighters with gear to perform their duties

    The establishment of an Indian Land fire protection district is essential to the well-being of our residents and firefighters.
    As a retired career firefighter who served for 28 years, I can attest to the need for proper equipment and manpower to perform firefighting duties.
    The profession is risky enough, but without adequate gear and extra hands the firefighters are exposed unnecessarily to considerable additional danger.
    The Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department is underfunded and understaffed.

  • We should take responsibility for actions

    Does anyone have respect for other people’s property? I know most people do, but there are many who don’t. I work at the Food Lion in Lancaster Square and park my truck in about the same place everyday. I work hard to pay for it, the insurance and other expenses.
    On Sept. 15, I was in the store working, when one of the employees who happened to be outside on break, came and told me someone had just backed into my truck. She and a few other people witnessed the incident.

  • Bronze vases stolen from grave sites

    We found numerous grave sites where bronze memorial vases have been stolen during the weekend of Oct. 15-17 at Lancaster Memorial Park.
    If anyone noticed someone taking or acting suspicious at the cemetery during that weekend, please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-3388.
    If you are visiting a loved one, please stay alert and safe, but report anything you see that is unusual.  If someone is leaving a grave site carrying a bronze vase that is very unusual.

  • Don't make promises you are not going to keep

    Nov. 2 is election day. Why is this day so important? We, the people of the United States, have no say no matter who gets elected. Once elected, officials let the promises they made go out the window.
    The concern of the American people has no meaning. Our interest is not even considered. We need education for our children, not closed schools.
    We need jobs, not restored buildings. Why restore history when our children are losing their right to be taught history.
    We’ve been promised jobs by every official on a ballot, yet we still have high unemployment.

  • Time to stop barbaric training exercises

    On Aug. 23, my husband called me over to our computer. His mornings are usually spent with him puttering around, but this particular morning, he saw something that caught his attention.
    “You have to see this – it’s so sad, almost made me cry,” he said.
    My husband is a retired military veteran. During the years, he has served our country.
    He has seen more than his share of cruelty and bloodshed, but what he saw that morning turned his stomach.

  • Fire chiefs conference was a success

    As many people know, Lancaster County recently hosted the 66th annual conference of the State Association of Fire Chiefs. This was an extreme honor and basically unheard of in a city our size.
    This conference is usually held in places such as Columbia, Greenville and Spartanburg or Myrtle Beach.
    We decided more than a year ago that we knew our city, our county and our citizens could definitely rise to this challenge.

  • We need people who will stand up for the middle class

    The Republicans keep on and on about John Spratt’s years in Congress. Why do they think 5th District has elected him time after time. They know John Spratt is an honest, outstanding man. He cares about the people in the 5th District and in South Carolina.
    If it wasn’t for John Spratt, we probably would have lost Shaw Air Force base. John Spratt is a man of honor and dances to no one’s tune, be man or woman. He deserves to go back to Washington.

  • Writer’s allegations are unsupported

    Sheila Bickford has chosen to reply to my previous letter supporting Nikki Haley and Mick Mulvaney by making unsupported allegations and using material previously refuted.
    Ever since Nikki Haley was unexpectedly brought into the spotlight, those discomfited by the possibility that she might assume a position of authority have responded by throwing unsupported dirt in her direction. She has been accused of having affairs, of failure to pay her taxes on time, etc.