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Letters

  • 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.

  • We have opportunity to reverse erosion of our rights

    Nov. 2, 2010: Ten years from now, historians will write books on how the citizens of this once great experiment, the United States of America handled an opportunity we’ll never have again.
    We have the opportunity that day to halt, and reverse the eroding of our unalienable rights.

  • City needs Blackmon-Brace for mayor

    Enough is enough. It’s time we, the people of Lancaster, get out of the comfort of our homes and away from in front of the televisions on Nov. 2 and get out and vote.
    Lancaster is my hometown. I’ve lived in quite a few cities around the country, but no place was better than home.
    Left here at the age of 20 and now I’m 60 years young. To come here and discover that so many people here have never voted is shocking, to say the least.
    Look back a few years ago and think about what we, as a people, went through just to be able to vote.

  • John Spratt should refute misleading ad

    Like most readers, over and over again, I have watched the John Spratt TV commercial describing Mick Mulvaney’s role in the Edenmoor project.
    After viewing the ad dozens of times, I decided to try and find out what the true facts are or were. I suggest that other readers do the same.

  • Small shouldn’t bail Spratt out

    Gil Small, chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party, wrote a letter, “Spratt cares about us; he is not beholden to anyone,” in the Oct. 22 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Ahhh, but Spratt is beholden to someone. As a member of the audience at the Oct. 19 candidate forum at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, I have to disagree wholeheartedly with Small’s bailout letter for Spratt. Just more excuses to cover up another mess left behind.

  • All is not well in Obamaworld

    I just received a letter from my employer on the changes in my insurance coverage as a result of ObamaCare (health-care reform changes.)
    In exchange for my insurance company having to provide no lifetime maximum, no pre-existing condition limitations for enrollees under 19, coverage for lazy kids up to the age of 26 on their parents’ policies and 100 percent coverage for preventive care, here is what I get:
    - Increase in deductibles ($50-$100 per year)
    - Increase in co-pays ($5-$10 per visit)
    - Increase in premiums

  • Mayor Shaw always shown giving spirit

    When my husband, Preston Blackmon (former City Councilmember) became ill, Mayor Joe Shaw came by our house at least twice a week to see what Preston and I needed. He would always have a kind word and showed a giving spirit with every visit.
    Preston got to where he didn’t talk much. But once when Mayor Shaw was visiting Preston one time said Joe is a good man to talk to.
    For those of you who don’t know Joe Shaw personally like I do, I would like to tell you what kind of man he is. He is a man of integrity and honesty.