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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Osama now paying the price

    Osama Bin Laden, you were judge and jury for all the lives you took. Now you have to stand before the ultimate judge. And you have been sentenced.
    This is my belief – you and Hitler were the worst mass murderers in history. The Bible tells us not to judge, but it is my belief that you are with Hitler, for all those innocent lives you two took. You are now paying the price.
    The United States stop-ped Hitler. We stopped you. And anyone who hurts or kills, we will stop. It may take 10 years, as it did with bin Laden, but the United States will prevail.

  • Letter: Thanks from Fort Lawn Community Center

    The Fort Lawn Community Center would like to thank the following individuals for their time and many efforts benefiting our fourth annual Spring Festival held April 16.
    Even though the threat of severe weather hampered the number of visitors, we still consider the event a huge success and the total amount of income earned from the festival was $9,570.75.

  • Veterans Remembered column: World War II vet molded Heath Springs Class of ’64

    Veterans Remembered is the sixth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support of the Veterans Monument project.

  • Column: Anniversary tribute to a long-gone friend

    May 11, 2011, marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic loss of a great friend, John Patrick Barnhart Jr. of Indian Land.
    A tribute I wrote about him was published days after his life was swept away, at age 19, by the deceiving current where he and other friends were swimming in the Catawba River under the Highway 5 bridge near Bowater. It was May 11, 1996 – Mother’s Day and the birthday of his sister, Christina B. Rogers, and another friend, Billy Bennett Jr.

  • Letter: Sheriff: Thank a law officer during National Police Week

    I’d like to encourage everyone to take a minute to recognize our local law enforcement officers during National Police Week, which runs May 15-21.
    Give them a pat on the back and thank them for the selfless jobs they do for this community each day. They face many unknown risks and challenges and their sacrifice and service is often taken for granted.
    Show your support and let a deputy, police officer, highway patrolman, wildlife officer or corrections officer know just how much their work means to you this week.

  • Letter: Pleasant Valley Fire Dept. seeks former chiefs’ photos

    I am writing in reference to the letters about the lack of historical pictures in the new Pleasant Valley Fire Department station. I am sorry people have hard feelings about this.  
    We could not locate a picture of Mr. Crawford, who was a fire chief years ago. The only picture we received was with a group of people and we couldn’t use it.  
    Jerry Kessiah was also a Pleasant Valley fire chief years ago. He had two daughters that we don’t know whom they married, so we don’t have a last name for either.

  • Our View: Williams played his ‘Uncle Sam’ part well

    When the annual July Fourth celebrations roll around this summer, a central figure will be missing.
    Harold Williams, who played the part of “Uncle Sam” in the Charlesboro and Heath Springs parades, died earlier this month.
    “Uncle Sam” is a common national personification of the U.S. government, which was originally used during the War of 1812. The figure is depicted as a stern, elderly man with white hair and a goatee beard. Typically, he is dressed in clothing that features elements of the U.S. flag.

  • Column: Reporter finds news of bin Laden saga intriguing

    The TV was on, my laptop computer was running and my cell phone was receiving dozens of text messages by the hour. These forms of communication, along with a few others, have been employed heavily in recent days as I’ve immersed myself in the news coverage of Osama bin Laden’s death.
    I was at home surfing the Internet the night of May 1 when a few Facebook friends said President Barack Obama would soon be addressing the nation regarding a “national-security issue.”