Today's Opinions

  • We were blessed to have the Wilkies as our neighbors

    Richard “Dick” Wilkie passed away on Aug. 11, 2009. Dick worked for Springs Industries for years. He and his wife, Mary were our neighbors. Most of all they were our friends.

    When Dick left Springs, he started painting. He drew beautiful golf course pictures. He drew an old house on a dirt road that reminded me of the one I learned to drive on when I was 12. The Wilkies gave me that picture. His paintings also included birds and beautiful landscapes and his work was often on display at Springs Memorial Hospital.

  • Godson asks voters to support Funderburk

    All my life I have looked up to my godmother Blondale Funderburk. She is my role mode and one day I’m going to be just like her one day. She has always been their for support. So I am here to encourage District 2 to vote for her. She has excellent leadership skills. She is a social butterfly. She always gets the job done.

    She is a confident person. She’s respectful and let’s not forget knowledgeable.

    She has been my role model since day 1. My name is Malik I. Mackey and I am 12 years old. If I were old enough to vote, I would vote for her.

  • 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.