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Today's Opinions

  • Writer grateful to soldiers for their service

    Cheryl (Neely) Rutledge’s letter, “A home of the brave,” in the May 25 edition of The Lancaster News was written from the heart.

    Cheryl is my niece and her home truly is a home of the brave. In addition to her grandfather, father and brothers who have served or are serving in the military, her mother is fighting a battle of her own from cancer.

    I have been doing some family research and found that the Neely family has a long history of military involvement – back to the 1700s.

  • Kersey's track record speaks for itself

    Wayne Kersey’s track record during his years on the Lancaster County Council and his years of business experience more than qualifies him to continue in the seat he currently occupies. As a proven leader, he has supported numerous fundings, such as the recreation center in Buford, Heath Springs Senior Center, the addition of 18 new deputies, a new magistrate’s office, the county vehicle policy, truckers’ rights and the list goes on.

  • Sistare 'capable to handle any issue' facing Lancaster

    I am writing to show my support for Kathy Sistare, who is running for the County Council District 7 seat.

    Kathy is my sister-in-law, but she is much more than that. She is a dedicated, caring, strong and intelligent person.

    Kathy is very capable to handle any issue that may face our county.

    Kathy is a hard worker. Along with her husband, Mike, they have worked endlessly to build two successful businesses.

    She also works at Palmetto Tri-County Internal Medicine, is active in her church, serves on the Red Cross board and enjoys time with her family.

  • Increases needed for equipment, staffing

    I would like to respond to Howard Pinkey Plyler’s letter, “Don’t forget reassessment vote in 2005,” in the June 4 edition of The Lancaster News.

    In 2005, the S.C. Legislature voted in Act 388, which would cap property values at 15 percent for four years.

    Until 2005, we had not had a reassessment since 1999 in Lancaster County.

    The property values in some parts of the county were on the books at less than half their actual value.

    The property owners would have loved to had their property values capped at this amount.

  • Americans should be proud of milestone

    Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent or of some other political persuasion, we think Barack Obama’s nomination as president is something that all Americans should be proud of.

    It’s a monumental milestone – a black man has locked up the presidential nomination of one of America’s top two political parties for the first time in history of our country.

  • Humane Society grateful for Belk support

    Humane Society grateful for Belk support

    The Humane Society of Lancaster County Inc. would like to thank Belk Department stores for inviting us to be a part of its recent Charity Day event.

    Tom Lester was really great in helping to promote this event, making sure we had a covered place to put the dogs and cats up for adoption that was out of the weather. He stopped by our booth numerous times during the day to make sure we had everything we needed and he genuinely cares about the abused and neglected animals in our county.

  • All candidates should go the extra mile

    In his May 30 column “Candidates should go extra mile for their constituents,” Bruce Miller made reference to he and Donald Huffman being the only House District 45 candidates who showed up at a special meeting sponsored by Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC).

    The last time I checked there were five candidates in the race for House District 45. LCEDC sponsored a special meeting for the sole purpose of educating all candidates for the upcoming primary.

  • Sistare 'proven leader, honest, open, qualified'

    Lancaster County District 7 residents have a tremendous opportunity to elect a County Council member who is a proven leader, honest, open and qualified. That person is Kathy Sistare. I have known Kathy for more than 35 years both personally and professionally.