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Letters

  • Stories help campaign

    The Kershaw Composite Squad of the Civil Air Patrol would like to thank you for the newspaper articles written on behalf of our Wreaths Across America campaign.  The articles written by Gregory A. Summers on Nov. 19 and Nita Brown on Dec. 15 did much to contribute to the success in our effort to honor the many veterans buried in the Kershaw Cemetery.  

  • Don’t let drug addiction ruin your holidays

    The holidays are an extremely difficult time for those people struggling with drug addiction and, even more so, those closest to the addicts. I would know because I was one of these individuals struggling with drug addiction.

  • Hide the sweet tea from Gen. Sherman

    Greg Gregory, local businessman and former state senator, recently penned his viewpoint on an old Southern standby in the “Charlotte Observer.”
    Mr. Gregory, a tea convert himself, likened the effect of sweetened ice tea to Sherman’s march on the southland.

  • We must be a part of the solution

    As Americans why do we blame everything on the president? Is it just that we must create a scapegoat to feel good about ourselves. Do we need someone or something to blame for every situation that occurs in America so we don’t have to get involved?
    Our  economic issues and government problems did not occur over night. The current president nor any other president can fix these problems in just four years. At least we have a president who is trying to make changes, whether we agree or not.

  • Langleys grateful for community support

    On Sept. 15, 2010, our families’ lives were turned upside down by one simple word – cancer. If you, your family, your friend or a loved one has ever been stricken by this ugly disease, you’ll know that this  letter is heartfelt and sincere.
    Jamie, a husband of 17 years and father of three children, was diagnosed with stage 3 esophageal cancer. What we have learned from our experience is that life must go on. We still worship, still raise our children, still attend our boys’ ballgames, still work and take care of household duties.

  • The war definitely is not over

    Dec. 20 will mark the 150th anniversary of the signing of the secession document declaring that South Carolina would no longer be a part of the United States of America.
    Those who think the war is over need only to look at physical evidence and conditions of our modern society. If the war is over, why does the front entrance of South Carolina’s capitol building in Columbia face south, representing the turning of our back on the federal government?

  • Writer praises McGriff for her stance

    Lancaster County Councilwoman Charlene McGriff brings a breath of fresh air to county government. Betcha the folks looking for work have found someone in local government who is concerned about their welfare. 
    Councilwoman McGriff questioned a government program (One Stop),  which apparently operates on its own behalf, giving very little help to those who need it.
    Funny, in a way, how other council members immediately jumped on the bandwagon to show their concern once the cat was out of the bag.

  • Christmas activities at our school are protected rights

    At this time of year, educators, administrators, parents and students are concerned about celebrating Christmas at school.
    I read an article in Home Life Magazine that answers questions about specific Christmas activities.
    Can we include religious music in our school assemblies and programs?
    Yes, Christmas carols are still legal. In Lynch vs. Donnelly, 1984, the Supreme Court noted “Christmas hymns and carols in public schools” are one of the legitimate forms of taking official note of Christmas and our religious heritage.

  • True spirit showed in waiting line

    Billy Dale and I went to our first-ever Black Friday shopping spree this year. When we  walked into Walmart at 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, it looked like hundreds of people in line. I thought there was no way we were going to get that 32-inch television for $198.
    I asked several people in line if they were there to buy the television. Many of them said they were not. Then I thought maybe we will have a chance if we could find the line for the televisions.

  • A Christmas gift that money can't buy

    Last week was one hectic week. Our church, Charlesboro Baptist, was preparing a meal to feed 200 prisoners.
    While I was cooking the beans for the meal, the phone started ringing.
    Jeremy Taylor was going in and out of the kitchen because he was changing out our water lines. The water was turned off while he was working on the lines. The stove was in the middle of the floor.
    The phone continued to ring. Ronnie, who was helping me, said will you please answer phone. I did.
    “Please say yes,” the man said.