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Opinion

  • I did not know that students did not have Memorial Day off until field day.

    Having been in other school districts in the past, I was caught off guard, especially since Charlotte and the Rock Hill districts were off.

    I'm just curious as to why. I was not really concerned about the attendance issue point because my kids did not attend out of respect for our armed forces. My main concern is why the school district does not respect our armed forces. There are other days the kids could have gone to school and had this day off. For example, maybe one day for Easter instead of two.

  • Larry Neal asked in his letter “Writer questions Mulvaney’s vote on inhalants” in the May 23 edition of The Lancaster News why I voted against a bill to ban alcohol inhalants. It is a fair question, and I am happy to answer it.

    By way of quick background, the bill was designed to outlaw a new device called an “alcohol without liquid” device. This is essentially an inhaler for alcohol. The device is currently not available in South Carolina.

  • The 2008 spring will go down as a landmark season for Lancaster County high school golf.

    Golfers from Lancaster County earned two of the four individual state championships at the state tournaments earlier this month.

    One state crown is impressive, but two from the same county, is an extraordinary effort.

    Indian Land’s Chase Hunter shot a 147 (75-72) to win the Class A medalist, a first for the Warriors’ golf program, at the Stoney Point Golf Club in Greenwood.

  • The Humane Society of Lancaster County Inc. is pleased to announce that Karma, the sweet labrador with a collar embedded in his neck that we rescued is now ready for adoption.

    We are now accepting adoption applications for him as well as several other pets that are in need of forever homes. Karma loves attention and is best suited for an indoor home where he can be around people. Please visit our Web site at www.savelancasterpets.org to view Karma and all the other wonderful pets ready to go home with you now.

  •  Before I could get my letter applauding The Lancaster News for its opposition to the proposed courthouse, Mr. John Baker supplies all the technical fine points and logic to support the need for a new courthouse.

    The next thing I see is a column by Steve Willis, our county administrator. Now, I am confused and confounded. Betcha that would make me a good politician, able to change horses in mid-stream.

    With apologies to the news editorial board, I sorta lean toward the views of Mr. Willis, maybe it’s because I can remember when.

  • I would like to recognize a person who is a true ambassador for Lancaster County. When my wife and I moved here four years ago, we did not know a single person. As a result, we were left to reference the yellow pages when determining where to take our car for service.

  • “Look out! Run for your life,” Sgt. Clifford Sims shouted to his platoon after hearing the all-too-familiar clicking sound in the dense underbrush. Too late. The Vietnamese booby trap exploded as Sims unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the device, taking its full impact. His blood-soaked flesh scattered in a hundred different directions. He gave his life to save theirs. Sims earned the Congressional Medal of Honor for his sacrifice.

  • The Kershaw Chamber of Commerce Executive Board would like to thank the many people who worked together to make this year’s Springathon a success.

    The Kershaw News Era and The Lancaster News were both vitally important in getting the advertising we needed printed. Year after year, their staffs work with us in promoting our event.

  • I am writing concerning the disrespect shown to the soldiers who gave their lives defending this country. I am a student at Lancaster High School and I feel that the Lancaster County School Board’s decision to have school on Memorial Day is very hypocritical. We are taught in school to honor and respect the ones who decide to serve in the military and fight for our freedoms and yet the school board decides that it is justified to have classes rather than show the very respect they teach us to have.

  • I’m new to politics. I’ve never run for office before. Some folks might think that’s a liability, but I think it’s one of my greatest assets.

    Too many of the elected officials in Columbia have lost focus. We need a fresh perspective. We need new leadership that’s committed to our communities and to the conservative ideals that we believe in.

  • I, like many people around Lancaster, are descendants of men who helped bury the dead at the Buford battle site. At that time, it was called Wild Cat.

    In one book on Andrew Jackson, he mentioned two men, a Carnes and an Usher. There had to be many more to be able to dig two graves, one large with more than 80 men in it, and a smaller one with at least 29.

  • May is Mental Health Month. Many individuals and families have experienced or will experience a mental health issue at some point in life.

    Many people who experience mental disorders are able to have relative normal lives with their families and careers provided they are properly diagnosed and receive appropriate treatment.

    However, the stigma associated with mental illness continues to exist without any treatment of its own.

  • On Sept. 20, 2002, my life was changed forever when a drunken driver swerved into my lane and hit my car head-on, causing me to lose an eye and shattering the bones in one of my legs. I am now permanently disabled because of another man’s irresponsible attitude about abusing alcohol.

    That is why I was so shocked and offended when I learned that one of our elected officials, Rep. Mick Mulvaney, also has a cavalier attitude about abusing alcohol.

  • I am 95 years old and I objected strongly when I became a resident of White Oak Manor. My first thinking was this was a place to die in.

    But that is not so. It is really a place where love and care are abundant. South Carolina provides good medical care for its senior citizens. And I am a “damn Yankee” from Buffalo, N.Y.

    Mother’s Day was a special day here. I had breakfast in bed. Then families came to visit. The parking lot was overflowing. At lunch, the main dining room was crowded, with sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends.

  • South Carolina’s drunk driving law will have more bite in February 2009. That’s when tougher penalties go into effect and some loopholes in the existing law are set to go out of effect. You’d be pressed to find anyone in law enforcement or in the prosecution of drunk drivers who’d argue the driving under the influence law in South Carolina didn’t need revising.

  • Our kayaks round a bend in the Catawba River – and we see it. A flashing streak hitting the water, a splash and then the powerful wings coming into focus as they pull the bald eagle up with a squirming snake in its talons.

    We all sit there stunned for a moment. Then, we’re all talking at once, amazed at what we’ve just seen only a few miles from where we live and work.

    My children run back down the trail to me, chattering, “Mom, it’s so big!”

  • “O say can you see by the dawn’s early light... for the land of the free and the home of the brave.” How we love the song “The Star-Spangled Banner.” America is the home of the brave. I was very fortunate to grow up in a home full of the brave.

    My grandfather, the late L.C. Ormand, served in the army. He fought in World War II. I remember a strong man who was full of grace and braveness.

  • I would like to share some information the public may not be aware of. I assisted my disabled son financially with a legal matter not knowing there may be help for the disabled. Before signing any agreement make sure you do your homework. Don’t assume your legal team will supply this information. You may be able to get free legal services. You can call S.C. Legal Services at 1 (800) 922-3853 to see if you qualify for help before signing any agreement.

  • Tom Morgan wrote in his letter in the May 14 edition of The Lancaster News about the post office landscape being neglected. Acting postmaster Dean Roberts said the problem was corrected earlier that week. Roberts said there were problems with the lawnmower and other grass-cutting equipment.

  • In her letter to the editor, Cheryl Rutledge touts the bravery of her grandfather, father and two brothers. She is obviously very proud of them. Their military duties run the gamut – from World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm and Iraq.

    Now is the perfect time to recognize them and the other men and women who have served in our military throughout the world. Tomorrow is Memorial Day. A day set aside to pay tribute and honor those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom.