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Opinion

  • I would like to respond to Howard Pinkey Plyler’s letter, “Don’t forget reassessment vote in 2005,” in the June 4 edition of The Lancaster News.

    In 2005, the S.C. Legislature voted in Act 388, which would cap property values at 15 percent for four years.

    Until 2005, we had not had a reassessment since 1999 in Lancaster County.

    The property values in some parts of the county were on the books at less than half their actual value.

    The property owners would have loved to had their property values capped at this amount.

  • Whether you’re a Democrat, Republican, Independent or of some other political persuasion, we think Barack Obama’s nomination as president is something that all Americans should be proud of.

    It’s a monumental milestone – a black man has locked up the presidential nomination of one of America’s top two political parties for the first time in history of our country.

  • Humane Society grateful for Belk support

    The Humane Society of Lancaster County Inc. would like to thank Belk Department stores for inviting us to be a part of its recent Charity Day event.

    Tom Lester was really great in helping to promote this event, making sure we had a covered place to put the dogs and cats up for adoption that was out of the weather. He stopped by our booth numerous times during the day to make sure we had everything we needed and he genuinely cares about the abused and neglected animals in our county.

  • In his May 30 column “Candidates should go extra mile for their constituents,” Bruce Miller made reference to he and Donald Huffman being the only House District 45 candidates who showed up at a special meeting sponsored by Lancaster County Economic Development Corp. (LCEDC).

    The last time I checked there were five candidates in the race for House District 45. LCEDC sponsored a special meeting for the sole purpose of educating all candidates for the upcoming primary.

  • Lancaster County District 7 residents have a tremendous opportunity to elect a County Council member who is a proven leader, honest, open and qualified. That person is Kathy Sistare. I have known Kathy for more than 35 years both personally and professionally.

  • In Bruce Miller’s May 30th column “Candidates should go extra mile for their constituents,” it seems as though he should have been a staff writer for The Lancaster News – not a guest columnist. He’s had several columns in the paper, as well as the Carolina Gateway, lately. However, I felt the most recent article is one that warrants a response from a lifelong Lancaster County resident.

    In his article, Mr. Miller makes a very bold statement by saying he and Donald Huffman are the only candidates running for House District 45.

  • A school shooting is a situation you hope will never occur, but if it does, county emergency response officials recently proved they’re capable of handling the daunting task.

    Lancaster County paramedics Kelly Snipes and Greg Robinson with the county’s Emergency Medical Services recently captured first place in the 2008 statewide competition in Myrtle Beach.

  • Ever since I earned the right to vote at age 18, 35 years ago, I have faithfully exercised that right. That is a right that a lot of people in this world can only dream about. Like a lot of other people, I get flustered by people who gripe and complain about politics, only to learn they don’t even vote.

  • I live in Lancaster County Council District 7 in the Buford area. I hope the people in District 7 and Lancaster County have not forgotten the reassessment in 2005 that Lancaster County Council had said it was not going to do. Then five council members changed their mind to do it before we could vote not to allow a larger increase than 15 percent for three years. The appraised value of one of our pieces of property went up 45 percent just because we live in the Buford area.

  • During these difficult economic times, it is good to see concerned and qualified people running for Lancaster County Council. I have known Kathy Sistare for many years and know her to be honest, trustworthy and to have strong community spirit.

    As a registered nurse, she has demonstrated her compassion for her fellow citizens.

  • I would like to thank the Lancaster Sheriff’s Office for helping me get my son’s dirt bike back. For some unknown reason, someone entered my yard and stole a dirt bike that belonged to my 7-year-old son.

  • We recently celebrated Pastor’s Appreciation Day at Lynwood Drive Church of God. I love our pastor, Johnny Hefner, very much. He is a very good man and is always there when you need him no matter day or night. He is a very caring man and lets Jesus be No. 1 in his life. I know he knows how much we appreciate him and the life he lives for Jesus.

  • I am a native South Carolinian who normally sits back and observes what is going on around him. But this past Memorial Day morning as I sat at my computer watching the sun slowly creep up, I was inspired to speak my mind about the goings on of this great county we live in.

    I don’t want to cause trouble but as a son of a Vietnam veteran, the grandson of a World War II veteran, the great nephew of several uncles who were stationed at Pearl Harbor that December morning, I would like for people to stop and think long and hard before heading into the voting booth this November.

  • My name is Bruce Miller and I am, in my opinion, the only Republican candidate for the S.C. House of Representatives District 45 seat. Also, in my opinion, I only have one Democratic opponent, Donald Huffman.

    You may ask why I am making such a bold statement, when everyone knows there is one other Republican and two additional Democrats who have filed for this position.

    I pose one important question – where are they?

    I am upset and disturbed by the seeming lack of concern shown by the other, unnamed candidates.

  • I am supporting the reelection of Wayne Kersey for Lancaster County Council District 7. I personally have known Wayne and his wife, Faye, for most of my adult years. We attended and were members together for many years at Antioch Baptist Church.

    His son and wife are members and a vital part of our Sunday school and church family at Covenant Baptist Church. I also patronize their businesses.

    I feel as though I can speak concerning the quality of his character.

    Wayne and his wife are small business owners. They make a modest living and live in a modest home.

  • Today’s the big day for Lancaster County high school graduates.

    This day stands as the hour you’ve worked for since you launched your education career in kindergarten with the 1995-96 school term.

    Today as those cameras flash with toothy grins and proud parents, take a moment to reflect on your journey.

    It’s been a long road, one filled with challenges and new horizons. No doubt there’s been peaks and valleys along the way.

  • In the last few weeks we have reported about the layoffs at Springs Memorial Hospital, the possibility of job losses at the Lancaster County School District, pleas from nonprofit agencies for continual funding and the inability of a local philanthropic organization to offer free summer camp for at-risk children this year.

    Add to that $4 per gallon gas, high unemployment, decreasing home values, increasing food costs and you get a bleak picture of our economy.

  • I wanted to commend senior reporter Jenny Hartley for her outstanding work to put animals in the limelight and on the front cover of The Lancaster News. As a teacher and an animal lover I am flabbergasted by the amount of people who treat animals as if their lives were completely expendable. However, it is individuals like you who have a voice and can shed some light on the cruel world of animal abuse and neglect.

  • I was shocked and dismayed to read that the Lancaster School District did not close in observance of Memorial Day. Does the school district not have history books in the schools? Do school board officials not know of the supreme sacrifice so many brave Americans have made to defend our freedoms? Do they not care about the loss so many millions of American family members endured so we all can enjoy life, liberty and pursuit of happiness?

    What is the school district teaching our children by its callous attitude toward our fallen heroes?

  • On Memorial Day we recognized all those individuals who stood up for us in all branches of our military service. Memorial Day should always be a day of remembering, giving thanks for and to any person who ever wore a uniform in our defense.