Today's Opinions

  • Provide firefighters with gear to perform their duties

    The establishment of an Indian Land fire protection district is essential to the well-being of our residents and firefighters.
    As a retired career firefighter who served for 28 years, I can attest to the need for proper equipment and manpower to perform firefighting duties.
    The profession is risky enough, but without adequate gear and extra hands the firefighters are exposed unnecessarily to considerable additional danger.
    The Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department is underfunded and understaffed.

  • We should take responsibility for actions

    Does anyone have respect for other people’s property? I know most people do, but there are many who don’t. I work at the Food Lion in Lancaster Square and park my truck in about the same place everyday. I work hard to pay for it, the insurance and other expenses.
    On Sept. 15, I was in the store working, when one of the employees who happened to be outside on break, came and told me someone had just backed into my truck. She and a few other people witnessed the incident.

  • Bronze vases stolen from grave sites

    We found numerous grave sites where bronze memorial vases have been stolen during the weekend of Oct. 15-17 at Lancaster Memorial Park.
    If anyone noticed someone taking or acting suspicious at the cemetery during that weekend, please call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 283-3388.
    If you are visiting a loved one, please stay alert and safe, but report anything you see that is unusual.  If someone is leaving a grave site carrying a bronze vase that is very unusual.

  • Don't make promises you are not going to keep

    Nov. 2 is election day. Why is this day so important? We, the people of the United States, have no say no matter who gets elected. Once elected, officials let the promises they made go out the window.
    The concern of the American people has no meaning. Our interest is not even considered. We need education for our children, not closed schools.
    We need jobs, not restored buildings. Why restore history when our children are losing their right to be taught history.
    We’ve been promised jobs by every official on a ballot, yet we still have high unemployment.

  • 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.

  • Red Ventures incentives haven’t created local jobs

    I would like to respond to the article, “Red Ventures not hiring locals?,” in the Aug. 20 edition of The Lancaster News. The article mentioned that Red Ventures’ move would bring 1,000 new jobs to the Lancaster area. And now, one year later, with the countywide unemployment rate still about 15 percent, we learn that only 27 jobs have been awarded to local residents.

  • Hog Jam Committee grateful for support of this year's event

    The Hog Jam Committee would like to thank all of our sponsors who contributed to make the Hog Jam possible.
    The sponsors were Founders Federal Credit Union, Haile Gold Mine, the town of Kershaw, the Stevens Foundation, Baker Funeral Home, Robert Davis, First Palmetto, IGA, Kershaw Health, Kershaw News Era, The Lancaster News, Springs Memorial Hospital, Southern Properties, Thomas Drug Store, Harry K. Truesdale, Wachovia and Windstream.
    These businesses always donate to our projects and events and we appreciate their support in Kershaw.

  • 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.