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Opinion

  • I am a big girl, so let me refine what I am saying about flooding (in the Edenmoor area.)

    These longtime residents may not live near the ranch (Larkspur) and drive by it daily like I do. I have lived here for 10 years, passing it daily.

    The Hinsons say yes, it has always flooded some, but nothing like it does now and not as frequently or with as deep, running rapids as now.

  • As a resident of Indian Land and of this beautiful county of Lancaster, I would like to address the recent problems cited in the April 28 article, “EMS under fire about slow respionse time.”

  • U.S. Rep. John Spratt should quit.

    It’s a scary thought that Spratt would have another chance to vote for big pork bills, support the thrust for big government, further the radical left-wing agendas that add to the huge deficit and continue to vote for bills he does not read.

  • A few weeks ago I told some friends that America, right now, has the government we deserve. A few of them were bothered by that statement. I realize now that I was wrong. America does not have the government we deserve. We deserve much worse; it is only by God’s grace and mercy that we do not have what we deserve.

  • Today is Mother’s Day, the one day a year set aside to honor the special woman who gave you life.

    Motherhood is often romanticized by the media, especially around this time of year, when magazines, TV and Internet broadcasts are full of ads depicting smiling, well-dressed moms snuggling babies or freshly scrubbed children giving them flowers. This is definitely the rose-colored glasses view of motherhood.

    The reality is that motherhood is often a gritty business.

  • Enshrinement in the Lancaster County School District Hall of Fame has drawn the elite in local education over the years.

    The Class of 2010 fits the same mold.

    The LCSD’s annual Celebration of Excellence event included the annual hall of fame induction ceremonies, welcoming four worthy candidates.

    The quartet included Tucker Jackson and Arthur Benjamin along with the late Leona “TK” Cunningham and Elsie Boyce.

    Each was an “old school style” educator whose impact is still felt today through the students they taught and guided.

  • The Lancaster Downtown Business Association (LDBA) would like to thank the people of Lancaster for the overwhelming turnout at our Easter Eggstravaganza on April 3. Your participation in this first-time-ever event exceeded our wildest expectations and we were thrilled to see so many little (and big) faces walking around downtown on a lovely Saturday morning.

  • I am 19 years old. Last year was the first time I voted. My first vote was for Charlene McGriff and I will vote for her again June 8, 2010. Let me tell you why. I see her out in our community. I have seen her in our schools. She always encourages young folks to get their education and to respect others. She listens and gives good advice. She has helped me when I had problems and needed someone to talk to. She is my role model.

    Tiffany Bailey

    Lancaster

     

  • In the last couple of days, the far left and the liberal news has had the audacity to put out the most blatantly vicious lies that are made to demean the TEA Party. First, there was ex-president Bill Clinton trying to link the TEA Party rallies to a bombing of a federal building, which killed many innocent people.

  • The inaugural Red Rose Festival is just days away. It will be May 7 and 8 and span three blocks in Main Street in downtown Lancaster – from Dunlap to Arch streets.

    The festival will be like most street festivals. There will be children’s games, live music and food. See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing arm, is organizing the event. The goal of the festival is to foster community pride and to grow over the years into a signature event – Lancaster’s signature festival.

  • As chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party, I am compelled to respond to The Lancaster News’ editorial, “Are Local Republicans Taking Over,” that appeared in the Sunday, April 18, edition. The answer to your question is no.

    This is not merely a knee-jerk partisan reaction, but based on facts. In Lancaster County, every countywide office is held by a Democrat. All but one County Council seat – Council District  No. 1 – is held by a Democrat.

  • Cora Jane Caston Wallace always wanted to be a writer. But that was not an option for her. In fact, she had to quit school because her parents needed her at home. The day her mother said she wasn’t going back to school, Wallace cried all night.

    Wallace later went to work for Springs Industries. She married Monroe Wallace and they had four children. Their youngest child, Suzanne, was diagnosed at an early age with a rare condition called congenital pseudoarthrosis.

  • I am so disappointed in the mail carrier in my neighborhood.

    I read in The Lancaster News that postal carriers were collecting food for those who need it. I made the effort to get out and buy the food and get up early enough to put it at the mailbox for them to collect it.

  • You can’t say there is nothing to do around here. Take a look at the calendar and you’ll see fun happenings in and near Lancaster County this weekend.

    For starters, there is the 31st annual Kershaw Spring-A-Thon that got under way yesterday. It continues today and Saturday with a full lineup of activities and entertainment.

    Today at 6:30 p.m., The Embers will be playing live on Main Street. If you love beach music, fun people and shagging (Carolina style) you are in for a treat.

  • Lancaster County, we’ve done well. As of Thursday, the county’s participation rate in the 2010 Census was 79 percent. That put Lancaster County tied with neighboring York County as the counties in South Carolina with the best census response in 2010.

    South Carolina as a whole has done a good job responding to the census. The state’s most-recent participation rate was listed by the U.S. Census Bureau as 73 percent, one point above the national average.

  • My name is Gloria Wylie and I have been the property manager for Miller Grove Apartments located at 2017 Miller St. for the last two years.

    I was previously a property manager for the city of Atlanta for 15 years. In all my years in this business, I have never met a police chief more dedicated than Hugh White. When I first took this property Chief White met with the owners of my company and me.

    At that time we discussed the crime in the area and specifically on the property. We shared numerous concerns as to the amount of police presence we were receiving.

  • The season is upon us. Baseball? Well yes, but the traditional opening pitch has been thrown, and there’s a connection to our subject here since President Barack Obama tossed out the first pitch for Major League Baseball when the Nationals battled the NL champion Phillies on April 5 in Washington.

    Racing? Try again, because the wheels of a new motor sports campaign have been rolling on NASCAR, and even at our own Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    Folks, we’re talking politics, where the major mascots are the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey.

  • If my memory serves me, Blondale Funderburk, who is running again against Charlene McGriffin in the Lancaster County Council District 2 race, was the one who knew nothing about the write-in campaign last year.

    District 2 residents are paying close attention to what is going on in our district. We want someone who we know, see and has worked in our community. Mrs. McGriff is co-founder of Adopt-A-Leader Mentoring Program since 1992. This program has served our young men for years.

  • You would figure a guy who has been around Lancaster Dixie Baseball for 30-plus years would know all that goes on.

    Not a chance a major event would get by like some seeing-eye single.

    Well, if this was, in baseball terms, a hidden ball trick, then longtime Dixie Youth Baseball official Ronnie Gandy would have been like some stunned rookie.

    On Lancaster Dixie Baseball’s opening day – Saturday, April 10, Gandy was invited to be a part of the youth baseball program’s 2010 ceremonies at the Wylie Park Complex.

  • It’s already a whole year since the Taxed Enough Already Party or TEA Party Movement began.

    April 15, 2010, is the one-year anniversary, both locally and nationally, of the TEA Party.

    This year has been sometimes tough, overwhelming, enlightening and powerful.

    Many thought the TEA movement would fizzle out after the first or second rally. Such is not the case.

    The people who attended each and every rally are the ones who made this anniversary possible.