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Opinion

  • Indian Land residents are paying up to 17 cents more per gallon for gas than folks in Lancaster, Fort Mill (Valero charges $2.44), Rock Hill and even Tega Cay.

    When you ask the business owners at the S.C. 160/U.S. 521 and Marvin Road and Doby’s Bridge intersections why, they say to attract North Carolina customers.

    They don’t reduce prices to equal the other South Carolina communities. They only want to entice the North Carolina folks for profits while fleecing local residents. I would surmise that many of the South Carolina residents do not even know it.

  • Jaylen Jackson, my 3-year-old granddaughter, was killed in a tragic way. It has been a little more than a month since she was shot while sitting in her car seat. She touched so many hearts. But I found out there are some rude people in this world who are trying to make a profit off my grandbaby’s death.

  • Dear fellow citizens of Lancaster County:

    I am humbly writing and seeking forgiveness from you all for being one who has committed the horrible act of criminal domestic violence in the past. It’s a terrible crime that destroys the very fabric of a family unit.

  • You hear it over and over: It is vital to our future and well-being to be counted every 10 years.  

    Although there has been little consistency over time, the results have always determined the number of congressmen each state is entitled to.

  • On May 7 and 8, the city of Lancaster celebrated community and the arrival of Spring with the first Red Rose Festival. Citizens and visitors enjoyed top entertainment on two stages, arts and craft vendors, kids activities, great food and a Koss Motorsports car show. Because of the foresight of our City Council, the festival provided a boost in our economy as well as community spirit.

  • In reading Rudy Schmidt’s May 9 letter, “Conservatives are now moving again,” my first thought was that we’ve been down this road before.

    The last time he “enlightened” us with his revisionest history I attempted to point out the historical facts. Apparently he felt that they would get in the way of his opinion. Sir, you are entitled to your own opinion, but not to your own facts.

    Time is better spent in the library than with the entertainers on Fox News or talk radio.

  • First of all, I’d like to thank God for his many blessings that he has bestowed upon me. I am also thankful to him for the opportunity to meet with some of the leaders, pastors, evangelists and ministers of the Lancaster County community.

    The recent violence and crime in the community has me concerned, not only as a citizen, but as a father who cares for all children, not just my own.

  • I would like to thank the lady in front of me at Chick-Fil-A about 8 on Thursday morning. You paid for my breakfast, but you did much more than that. You reminded me that there are caring, generous people in Lancaster. What you did was a blessing and it carried through my whole day – because of your generosity. I am going to return the gift by doing the same gesture for someone else.

    Patricia Threatt

    Lancaster

  • Are you perfect? If you think you are perfect, try walking on water. I’m not perfect. I’ve made lots of mistakes and still have a lot to learn. The only way I can go from day to day is with God by my side to help guide me along the way. I don’t know anyone who hasn’t said or done something they are sorry for. I’m glad God gives us second chances to right our wrongs.

  • I want to express my gratitude to the community of Lancaster for showing such wonderful support to the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC) during the Red Rose Festival. LALC hosted several events in conjunction with the festival and the success of each was due to the help of the community.

    The results far exceeded my expectations. Thank you to all of the runners and walkers, who came out to participate in the 5K Race for Literacy.

  • I read the recent letter written by Gil Small, chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party. It sounded like he was having a party all his own. Mr. Small thinks that all Republicans are not good neighbors or friends, like the Democrats are. He also states that the Democrats go to church and send their children to Lancaster county public schools. I guess us Republicans are all heathens and uneducated.

  • Maybe I’m looking at things from a different perspective, but is Continental Tire really donating $35,000 to the Lancaster County School District? Did Continental Tire really donate $65,000 worth of tires to Lancaster County’s law enforcement? Or is Continental Tire using Lancaster County politicians for some sort of free publicity and free advertising?

    The company was allotted more than $500,000 in state and Lancaster County incentives (corporate welfare), including tax credits for job creation for moving its headquarters to Lancaster County.

  • I think we should step back and take a deep breath before getting all excited about the Haile Gold Mine.

    The process of mining is invasive, extractive and destructive, and the mine is not going to yield much for the community when compared to the benefits others will obtain.  

  • Hello, it’s me. I’m your local census enumerator. Yes, I left that little note that I had been by, trying to reach you. My job is simply to make sure that you and your household have been counted in the 2010 Census.

  • About 5:35 a.m. on May 14 my husband started having chest pains and I had to call 911 and request an ambulance to come to our home.

    We live on S.C. 5 just off of U.S. 521. There was a first responder at my door within a few minutes. Within 10 minutes EMS from Indian Land was at my home as well. These people were so professional and showed so much care to my husband and me.

    My husband was transported to Rock Hill by them and I felt confident that he was being well taken care of on the way.

  • Some 126 runners and walkers gathered in front of the Carole Ray Dowling Center on May 8 to compete in the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC) 5K Race for Literacy. The race was part of the Red Rose Festival.

    Many participants were from the Lancaster area, but others came from surrounding South Carolina counties and from North Carolina to take part in the event.

  •  After the letter from a previous writer concerning who should be our County Council District 2 representative, I thought I would not have to write a letter.

    But I wanted my community to know that the tricks in obtaining absentee applications are still going on. Do not be fooled. I sure hope someone in authority is paying attention.

    District 2 has become the topic of conversation in how to not follow the law. I voted in November 2009, for the most qualified person and I plan to vote on June 8, 2010, again for the most qualified person, Charlene McGriff

  • It has been reported that people living in North Carolina drive to border towns like Lancaster and Fort Mill to buy cigarettes and gas because those products are less expensive in South Carolina. Now that we have raised the cigarette tax 50 cents a pack, we won’t be getting that revenue from North Carolina buyers.

    I didn’t like what Gov. Mark Sanford did to South Carolina when he left us without a governor for almost a week. But at least he does see the big picture. Why can’t other officials and leaders see it?

  • I recently read some disturbing news in The Lancaster news. The Lancaster County School District is going to eliminate 100 jobs. This is so disturbing because the citizens of Lancaster are willing to pay $30 million to build a new courthouse, which we don’t need. We expect to receive $5.29 million less in funding from the state. Couldn’t we use a percent of these funds to support our schools?

  • It seems the good advice given to me by my father many years ago bears repeating in these contentious times. These were the precepts by which he lived.

    1. If someone is not an immediate threat to you, never harm them intentionally nor hinder them in any way.

    2. Don’t make negative judgments about another – you are not in their shoes and they do not have the same understanding of a situation as you. We, as individual humans, do not have the right to the competence to judge another.