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Today's Opinions

  • Honest to goodness heroes

    In the final scene of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wakes up to find Auntie Em and Uncle Henry fussing over her after she had a bump on the head.

    But they aren’t alone; Professor Marvel and Uncle Henry’s three farm hands, Hickory, Hunk and Zeke show up, too.

    That’s the fairy tale version that ends happily ever after.

    Sometimes, life imitates art.

    It happened some six years on Rowell Road, when our daughter, Betty Jo, quit breathing in the middle of the night after a seizure.

  • The community caretakers

    It is amazing how far our fire service has come since, say, the 1950s.

    The story Rich Hill firefighters told me about cutting holes into a house and filling it with water to put a fire out still brings a smile to my face.

    Now, firefighters learn the science of fire in their intensive courses they must take in order to go inside a building and battle the flames.

    But what really gets me about these men, and women, is their care and concern they have for their communities.

  • We're grateful to firefighters

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to walk into a burning house dressed in firefighter turnout gear, but Jay Hayes and Mark Steele of the Unity Volunteer Fire Department can.

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to work hours and hours over a week preparing for a huge community barbecue, but Randy White and Dennis Cauthen of the Elgin Volunteer Fire Department can.

    I can’t tell you what it’s like to ask fellow volunteers to commit to catching up on work we’ve let slide, but Jeff Walden of the Riverside Volunteer Fire Department can.

  • Firefighting is a calling

    The life of a volunteer firefighter isn’t easy.  Speak to any volunteer and they’ll tell you about the constant training, late night phone calls and missed family events, all done to protect the lives and property of neighbors and strangers alike.

    And with no compensation, this isn’t just a job for these volunteers – it’s a calling.

    That calling has become even more difficult over the last decade for Indian Land’s volunteers, as the Panhandle has quickly swelled into a bustling suburb of Charlotte.  

  • Great examples of role models

    Over the last month or so, I’ve learned a great deal about water hoses, foam spray and control panels on fire trucks.

    But more importantly, I’ve had the chance to interact closely with the folks who operate that equipment – ready to put on their firefighter’s gear and go to work at a moment’s notice.  

  • Thompson's column was 'racist affront' to our country

    I find Queen Thompson article, “Constant negativity, violence impact youth,” in the Sept. 19 edition to be nothing but a racist affront to the conservative white population, and this country.

    She says that the black race in this country is marginalized.

    How in the world do you come to that conclusion when the blacks in this country have their own caucus in Congress, news channels, schools, banks, companies, history month, etc.?

  • Residents want to clean up Panhandle roads

    Indian Land is a beautiful community in Lancaster County with scenic country roads and attractive homes mingled with farms and thriving businesses.

    It is a shame that there is a constant trashing of Indian Land’s roadways by litterbugs and illegal dumpers.

    The situation deserves immediate attention and the Indian Land Action Council has formed an Anti-Littering/Gateways Beautification Committee to increase awareness and promote pride in Indian Land.

  • Serving because they care

    For more than a month now we have introduced you to Lancaster County’s 19 volunteer departments. It has been a real learning experience for me. During this time, I’ve met so many, compassionate and dedicated folks. I’ve listened to their stories and their reasons for being firefighters.