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Today's Opinions

  • Lancaster is lucky to get two fire grants

    Two volunteer fire departments in Lancaster County recently received news to cheer about.

    The Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department and the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department each learned in October that they have been awarded grants from the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Grant Program, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Each grant is substantial. The Indian Land department has been awarded nearly $1.7 million, while the Heath Springs department has been awarded $976,000.

  • Let scam artists know that legal voters in charge

    Thanks to all the people who wrote letters to the editor concerning the Lancaster County Council District 2 election. I agree 110 percent.

    The people behind this scam must think they are untouchable. Tampering with the voting process is a federal crime. I hope the folks in District 2 get out and vote and let this person or these people know that legal voters control this district.

    It is sad to think that whomever is in charge of this write-in campaign cannot accept the results of the primary. It is people like this who cause confusion when results do not go their way.

  • The focus on breast cancer awareness paying off

    Pink ribbons. Pink hair. T-shirts with slogans that say, “Fight like a girl.” NFL players wearing pink cleats. The icons are so familiar that you immediately you know they stand for breast cancer awareness.

    October is the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    The focus is on breast cancer awareness. Early detection, healthy lifestyles and education have helped saved the lives of many women.

  • Absentee ballot issue is 'underhanded politics'

    I just read the story about a write-in campaign against Charlene McGriff for the Lancaster County Council District 2 seat. I cannot believe we are going through this same issue again with the numerous absentee ballot requests.

    Voters made their decision for McGriff in the Sept. 15 primary. This unofficial write-in with no name being disclosed is underhanded politics. Voters in District 2, I urge you to get out and vote on Nov. 3. This absentee ballot scam has got to stop. If it is not stopped, every election in District 2 could go through this process.

  • Honor Flight a good way to say thanks

    His jacket collar was askew. I reached around his neck and fixed it. With my hands still on his collar I looked him in the eyes and said, “Thank you.”

    I wasn’t sure he understood. Dementia had made its claim on the 85-year-old World War II veteran. But there was a slight smile and he nodded his head.

  • Become foster parent for parents during holidays

    The Humane Society and Pet Finders have joined countless other rescue groups across the nation to host a Foster a Lonely Pet for the Holidays Month.

    Locally we’d just like to call it Home for the Holidays. It is a way to get people to foster pets for the holidays to give them the most precious of gifts, a chance at life.

  • Spratt shows leadership in Congress

    I want to thank Congressman John Spratt for demonstrating outstanding leadership in the U.S. Congress. Congressman Spratt has become one of the leading experts on both the budget and defense. I respect his knowledge of the budget and the ability that he has to build consensus on reforming health care while insisting on fiscal discipline and accountability. Congressman Spratt listens to the concerns of the people and addresses an issue in detail. When you ask him a question you will get an honest answer.

  • Newspapers are reliable, accountable

    It’s National Newspaper Week and a good time to set the record straight about South Carolina’s 115 daily and weekly newspapers.

    Just like other businesses, newspapers, including The Lancaster News, are facing tight times in this tough economy.

    But unlike some highly-publicized big city newspapers, The Lancaster News isn’t going away.

    The Lancaster News will keep coming to you next week to tell you what’s going on in your community. And we should be thankful for that.