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Today's Opinions

  • Great Falls Fire Department grateful for help

    The Great Falls Fire Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all the fire departments in the area that came to the Great Falls No. 2 mill warehouse fire on Aug. 25. Your overwhelming response was greatly needed and very helpful.

    Also, we would like to send a special thank you to the city of Chester, Winnsboro Department of Public Safety and Elgin Fire Department from Lancaster County for the response of their ladder trucks.

  • Council should listen to planners

    There was a time not so long ago when Lancaster County Council never seemed to listen to its planning commission.

    This was before the housing bust, back when Indian Land property was red hot. Council meetings then were dominated by builders appearing before council, seeking to have their new housing or commercial development approved by council.

    The county’s professional planning staff and council’s appointed planning commission often recommended denial of requests to have properties rezoned for higher-density development.

  • McGriff has proven experience

    As another election process comes around, we as citizens must re-examine our local community. We must ponder not just its current state, but where and how we want it developed. Our society evolves as we citizens evolve. Its goals, agendas and morals change with each successive generation. So, it stands to reason that as we step behind the curtain to choose our elected officials that the future of our community is what we are truly voting for.

  • Government won't tell me how to parent my child

    While I agree with Congressman John Spratt that our health care system is in need of reform, my personal health care is not either paid or provided through the federal government.

    Spratt needs to actually read the bill in question if he hasn’t already, because I do not agree where it’s outlined in sections 440 and 1904 of the House bill (Page 838), under the heading “home visitation programs for families with young children and families expecting children.”

  • Everyone invited to TEA party Sept. 12

    On Aug. 19, 2009, two excellent articles appeared in The Lancaster News. Mr. Denis Fuller’s letter was true to the point: that we are all mad. Congress is out of touch with the average American.

    Mr. John Baker’s guest column was one of the most insightful evaluations of the health care plan I have ever seen.

    I have read at least 90 percent of the plan and it does give power for a committee to decide which treatments seniors can receive. The explanation of the uninsured is clearly presented.

  • Helping Hands to benefit community and Haiti

    Marie Simon, president of Helping Hands, spent the last few years realizing a call to help those in the community and those from her native country of Haiti. Her mission led her to work with leaders in Charlotte, Rock Hill and Florida. She felt a calling to return to Haiti in 2007 with the support of her church in Charlotte. During that time she was able to meet some of the basic needs of the people such as clothing, food and clean water.

  • Students’ safety on buses should be top priority

    I have a third grade child who is starting the Eagles program (for gifted and talented students) at Indian Land Elementary School this year. They will be riding the bus to Lancaster one day a week. I am both thrilled and excited at this prospect. However I am very concerned with the bus ride. It has come to my attention that the students, third- and fourth-graders, will be riding the bus with students of East Side Academy. These are middle school students who have had disciplinary problems in the past and are no longer allowed to attend Indian Land.

  • W.B. posting on Web site not W.B. Evans

    The individual whose screen name is WB on The Lancaster News Web site is NOT the the Remember When columnist W.B. Evans. I do not now nor have I submitted any comments relating to the various viewpoints in the readers comments section on the Web site.

    W.B. Evans

    Lancaster