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Opinion

  • Going to a dentist for a six-month checkup is routine for people with a decent income or dental insurance. I was among that group at one time.

    People use to call me the sunshine lady because I smiled all the time. I believe that a smile can have a positive effect on people. It does me. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, force yourself and after a while you start feeling better about yourself.

  • We’ve been reading a lot about the long and distinguished careers of two Senate veterans who are retiring this year, and rightly so.

    But I’d like to take a few moments to recognize a quieter senator who also is stepping down this year, albeit after a relatively short 16 years.

  • Edward “Eddie Boy” Cook. Peggy Landry. James “Mickey” Funderburk. They had a lot in common. They were all from Lancaster. They were all in their 40s. They were all Harley Davidson owners. They all died in motorcycle accidents.

    Cook, Landry and Funderburk also fit the profile of a recent study on the increase of motorcycle deaths across the nation. A Gannett News Service (GNS) analysis of federal accident reports says “dying on a motorcycle could soon become a predominantly middle-age phenomenon.”

  • I read where yet another person was killed in an auto wreck. Could this wreck have been prevented? The answer is obvious. Considering all the wrecks in South Carolina, everyone should be required to take drivers education.

    Bad roads are some reasons for the wrecks. When a driver is passing illegally you have to ask yourself if that driver took drivers education. Was that person intoxicated, on drugs or talking on a cell phone?

  • This is in response to Eric Grace’s letter Eric Grace “Reader appalled by dog shooting.”

    I am not a resident of this neighborhood, but my young son frequents this neighborhood quite often because it is where his best friend lives.

    I would like to know where this reader obtained his information because it is obvious he did not read the entire story.

  • Americans are calling for a new direction, and Democrats in Congress are delivering. This month, we passed a plan to balance the budget by 2012.

    When President George Bush took office seven years ago, we presented him an advantage that few presidents have ever enjoyed: a budget in surplus by $236 billion. His economists looked out 10 years and saw nothing but surpluses, $5.6 trillion in all.

  • This is in response to Eric Grace attacking the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and county Animal Control officers in his letter, “Reader appalled by dog shooting.”

    Mr. Grace, the sheriff’s deputies were called out because Animal Control is not staffed 24/7.

    I think the deputy acted appropriately in defending himself and others.

    They took an oath to serve and protect all the citizens of Lancaster County. If the dog made an attempt to harm someone, then he acted accordingly.

  • Have you ever stopped to think about the volunteer firefighters in our county? Actually, I haven’t either. Recently I had an opportunity to get involved with Station 16, Riverside Volunteer Fire Department, and found there was a whole lot more to being a volunteer than I ever thought.

    These guys give of their time away from their families, sleep when called during the night and money for gas and other miscellaneous things that go along with volunteering.

  • A few weeks ago, people could be seen jumping for joy while in the cars, pickups and SUVs at the S.C. 9 Bypass and Clinton Avenue.

    Folks were so joyous, they couldn’t contain their glee. The S.C. Department of Transportation had reworked the traffic lights – finally installing left-turn signals on both sides of Clinton Avenue.

    OK, we’re exaggerating. We saw no one literally jumping for joy after the new signals were put into operation. But we know motorists who travel that way regularly were sure happy about the move. We certainly were.

  • I was absolutely appalled and very angry to read the story “Dog owner doggone mad” in the May 30 edition of The Lancaster News.

    There are numerous events that seem to have occurred throughout this horrible ordeal that simply reek of overwhelming inadequacies in our local animal control and law enforcement ranks, not to mention a lack of some basic Southern hospitality.

  • Organizers are hoping a children’s park in Kershaw becomes a reality in July. Members of the Kershaw Community Park Council (KCPC) have been meeting, collecting donations and planning for Build Week, set for July 21-26.

  • The state of South Carolina recently proposed to produce for sale through the DMV vehicle license plates depicting a Christian symbol and the words “I believe.” It was immediately criticized and attacked by atheists for violation of the “separation of church and state” provision. These attackers fall into the same category as the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 because we do not believe as they do; as a matter of fact, the terrorists at least profess a belief in a supreme being.

  • Lately the topic has come up in church about people making racial comments and slurs. The very people making these comments about different races are the same people who hold positions in our church.eeee

    They influence young children, teens and other adults. Since racism is so prevalent around here, I don’t think they realize how what they say is affecting the Christian religion.eeee

  • Wow, $4.07 a gallon. Like most everyone, it hurts to fill up my tank because of outrageous gas prices. Not long ago, I heard someone say that President George W. Bush was to blame. As someone not particularly enamored with President Bush, I still find it implausible to see how the current gas prices are his fault.

  • Getting a good sun tan in the summertime used to be the in thing for many Americans. It was considered an ideal, something to strive for – that beautiful summer tan, that Coppertone tan, that healthy tan.

    But as it turns out, there’s no such thing as a healthy tan. A tan indicates damage to the skin, period. And the more you tan, or worse, burn, the more susceptible to skin cancers you are.

  • I believe every law enforcement officer should visit Washington, D.C. during the week of May 15, which is National Police Week. This is the week that law enforcement officers honor their brothers and sisters who have made the ultimate sacrifice. This is the week when all of the fallen officers’ families honor their loved ones each year in Washington, DC.

  • Rep. Mick Mulvaney has been taking a lot of credit lately for keeping our taxes low.

    For example, Mr. Mulvaney, along with 50 or more of his colleagues, objected to including legislators in a plan to provide retired public employees an annual cost of living adjustment.

    Because of their objections the bill was sent back to committee.

  • Gamecocks’ place-kicker Ryan Succop’s 48-yard field goal looked on line to finally seal South Carolina’s hard-fought win over North Carolina that mid-October day as dusk fell on the Tar Heels’ Kenan Stadium last fall.It was good – good for nothing. The kick bounced harmlessly off the right upright to the turf.

  • These numbers – 8 percent; 1 in 5; 40 percent – by themselves may seem insignificant to you when read alone. How would you feel if these numbers reflected crime in your neighborhood? Unfortunately these statistics relate to the crimes that occur in our schools?

  • Where were they going? I watched as the cars and trucks hurried north and south on U.S. 521. Drivers would stop and turn into the parking lot of the fast food restaurant. Some parked, walked in and ordered their food. Others made their way through the drive-through line.

    The sounds of patrons’ conversations resembled the humming around a bee hive. I babysat a cup of coffee while talking to my brother sitting across the table from me. I was wearing workout clothes, had no makeup on and my hair was wet.