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Opinion

  • There is not a day goes by that I don’t miss my son, James “Mickey” Funderburk, who died in a motorcycle accident on June 1.

    He was my best friend.

    He came to see me everyday and I would cook for him.

    He was a happy person and liked to make people laugh.

    He has always loved motorcycles. And he died doing what he loved most.

    Mickey had a lot of friends and we appreciate all their visits and kindness.

    We treasure all the little anecdotes they shared with us.

  • Today – the third Sunday in June – we honor our dads in the annual observance of Father’s Day.

    The overriding question for the week around most households is what to get Daddy for his special day.

    Guest what? He just wants to have his family around to celebrate the day.

    Oh, he will gladly take that new shirt, a pair of shorts – summer is coming, some cologne and yes, that tie.

    It wouldn’t be Father’s Day without the giving of a tie.

    That tie is symbolic because dads offer that special bond in our lives.

  • I praised the Palmetto Thunder Air Show in my “Remember when” column because it was excellent, well staffed and  fans were on their best behavior.

    My son invited me to attend and  assist at the recycling booth. We both paid the $15 admission fee as we entered the gates. I can understand free tickets for law enforcement and emergency operating teams. I seriously doubt if their free admission was responsible for the shortfall.

  • Where is our county leadership when we need it? It is an outrage when our County Council rolls over and bails out Frank Keels and his See Lancaster’s Palmetto Thunder Air Show to the tune of a $75,000 advance. This is in addition to the $15,000 previously budgeted to See Lancaster.

    It’s great to showcase Lancaster, but not at a $90,000 hit to the taxpayers. This could have bought four new squad cars the sheriff’s office desperately needs. It could have been used to provide some relief to our elderly struggling to pay their property taxes.

  • The county’s Panhandle will be the center piece for the annual Founders Kickoff Classic this season.

    Indian Land High School will be the host for the high school football jamboree, in its fifth season on Aug. 22.

    That may seem like a ways away, but plans are already being made for the Warriors’ time to host the prep football kickoff event.

    When the Kickoff Classic was in its planning stage a few years back, the idea was to have each county school serve as a host on a rotating basis.

  • Like most Americans, the rising cost of fuel has caused my family to look at where we can cut back on our expenses.

    I drive a Dodge pickup and the last time I filled up, I paid about $90. My husband and I looked over our receipts and banking information and made some decisions on how our family can save money without noticing a significant difference in our daily lives. It’s easy to become a “piker” when you know where your money is going. For instance, we spent about $40 a month in body wash.

  • This letter is in response to the letter to the editor about stores raising gas prices before getting refills. I can certainly understand why people are upset about rising prices. As an accountant and business owner, I wish the public could realize the reality of doing business.

  • I am shocked to see that Lancaster County Council voted to spend $75,000 of Lancaster’s money to subsidize a private venture failure. Is councilman Wayne Kersey the only councilman to be concerned with fiduciary responsibility?

    Would the air show have donated $75,000 to Lancaster County if there had been that much more made on the venture than was anticipated? I doubt it.

    If you are an entrepreneur, you play at your own risk. You win some and you lose some. I wish the county had subsidized some of my less fortunate ventures. What a sweet deal.

  • You have to commend organizers for trying something of the magnitude of the Palmetto Thunder Air Show held May 17-18 at the Lancaster County Airport.

    The event was a major undertaking. It took months of planning. People gave their time to help make the event become a reality. They gave up their weekends to work at the show. And it did not go unnoticed. Spectators wrote raving reviews and praised the show and the “courteous and professional” volunteers.

  • An outrage – that is the only way to describe recent reports of the conduct of our Lancaster County Council and See Lancaster. Frank Keel, former executive director of See Lancaster, went to County Council with hat in hand to request $75,000 of taxpayers’ money to bail the group out the abysmal failure of the air show.

  • Fishing rodeo supporters say thanks for support

    I would personally like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers at the second annual Sunrise Lake Fishing Rodeo. We had more than 400 children and almost 1,000 attendees. As one of Lancaster County's three game wardens who helped organize the event, I thank you.

    Shawn Hanna

    Lancaster

  • We have found that grandparents have little or no rights when it comes to grandchildren. We wonder if there are other grandparents who share this same concern.

  • Writer thanks retiring sheriff, congratulates new one

    I know when Billy Dale and I voted for Johnny Cauthen for sheriff he was the best. Johnny has helped us so much. Billy Dale suffered a severe head injury in his wreck and has cussed Johnny and his deputies several times. But they knew Billy Dale was sick and helped anyway.

  • Summer is fast approaching and Family Promise is rolling along with full steam. Monthly meetings may seem mundane to some, but for me they are exciting.

    Family Promise is on a ride of its life. With humble beginnings in September it has reached a modest middle ground. There is a lot to do and plenty of time to do it right.

    A pace has been set for Family Promise’s progress and we, on the committees, can only go with the flow and course that God has put us on.

    Prayers have been said all along and now we are seeing some graces unfold before our eyes.

  • On Tuesday voters across the state can exercise one of the most privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in local and state government.

    While it is a primary two local races will be pretty much be decided, barring any last-minute surprises. Larry McCullough and Alan D. Patterson are running on the Republican ticket for the County Council District 1 race. There is no Democratic opposition.

    Incumbent Wayne Kersey will face Kathy Sistare in the County Council District 7 race. There is no Republican opposition.

  • I am writing this letter to the person who hit our dog on the morning of May 30. Our pet, Jake, a chocolate lab, got out of his pen and crossed the road in the Midway Community located on S.C. 903. My husband was parked at the end of our road, calling Jake back. Jake stopped at the yellow line. A car was coming at a high rate of speed and hit Jake. The car didn’t even stop to offer a helping hand or to even apologize. My husband watched in horror as our dog yelled in pain.

  • I want to know how all the service stations can raise the price of gas every time the price goes up. How is it that they can buy the gas at one price and keep raising the price before they fill up again. Some of them say they don’t raise the price until they get more gas. I know that is not true because I saw four stores change prices before getting refills. And they say they don’t make any money off of gas. Who do they think they are fooling? There should be a law against stores raising gas prices before they get refills.

    Bub Faile

    Kershaw

  • Cheryl (Neely) Rutledge’s letter, “A home of the brave,” in the May 25 edition of The Lancaster News was written from the heart.

    Cheryl is my niece and her home truly is a home of the brave. In addition to her grandfather, father and brothers who have served or are serving in the military, her mother is fighting a battle of her own from cancer.

    I have been doing some family research and found that the Neely family has a long history of military involvement – back to the 1700s.

  • Wayne Kersey’s track record during his years on the Lancaster County Council and his years of business experience more than qualifies him to continue in the seat he currently occupies. As a proven leader, he has supported numerous fundings, such as the recreation center in Buford, Heath Springs Senior Center, the addition of 18 new deputies, a new magistrate’s office, the county vehicle policy, truckers’ rights and the list goes on.

  • I am writing to show my support for Kathy Sistare, who is running for the County Council District 7 seat.

    Kathy is my sister-in-law, but she is much more than that. She is a dedicated, caring, strong and intelligent person.

    Kathy is very capable to handle any issue that may face our county.

    Kathy is a hard worker. Along with her husband, Mike, they have worked endlessly to build two successful businesses.

    She also works at Palmetto Tri-County Internal Medicine, is active in her church, serves on the Red Cross board and enjoys time with her family.