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Opinion

  • So often, one sees only the negative responses to community issues. I would like to take this opportunity to offer positive praise and thanks to our local EMS staff.

    We have had cause on two separate occasions lately to be extremely grateful for the prompt and professional service provided us by the Indian Land EMS staff. Once in May when my husband suffered a heart attack, and again in June when he had an internal hemorrhage.

    On both occasions, the response time was minimal and the care was exceptional.

  • HOPE in Lancaster is returning to its old home Monday. After outgrowing its space on Pageland Highway, the local charity, which runs a food pantry and assists families with rent and utility payments, moved to a temporary location on Arch Street in Lancaster about 18 months ago.

    But now its old home has been renovated and expanded, and HOPE is moving back into its old digs.

    HOPE’s expansion wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the help of some caring local folks who believe in and support its mission.

  • As I continue to read about all the controversy over the Muslim’s building the mosque near Ground Zero in New York, I personally take this as a slap in the face. I can only imagine how the families of those who lost their lives must feel. You should study their religion. Their Bible (the Quran) plainly teaches that all who do not convert to Islam are infidels and should be killed.

    In addition to killing infidels like Christians and Jews, Muslims are also commanded to kill anyone who leaves Islam (Hadith vol. 4, no. 260).

  • What about that mayor’s race? Four candidates who want to be the mayor of the city of Lancaster. When filing started, who would’ve predicted we’d have so many candidates vying for mayor? The interest in this seat certainly surprised us. How about you?

  • When I was very young, I had the opportunity and the privilege to work with Dr. William Duke when he first started practicing in Lancaster. We started the first EKG Department in Marion Sims Hospital. When the new hospital was completed in 1971, we moved the department there.

  • On the morning of July 31, I went to Camden to meet my younger sister, Joyce Jackson. On my way home I took Fork Hill Road. The tire on the driver side blew out just as I was going around a curve.

    When I finally got control I stopped the car. I was then able to make one call and that was to my husband, J.C. Taylor.

    A car went around me but it came to a stop at the foot of the hill in front of Macedonia Baptist Church. The driver backed up the hill. A young, small Hispanic man got out of the car.

  • Area football fans will get a major dose  of high school pigskin action tonight at Lancaster Memtorial Stadium.

    The stadium, entering its 43rd season, will host wall-to-wall prep football starting at 6 p.m, when Andrew Jackson, under interim Volunteers’ coach David Moore, leads his team against Class A foe McBee High School in the seventh annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic.

    Founders serves as the corporate sponsor, while The Lancaster News, Carolina Gateway and Carolina Shopper are the event’s media sponsors.

  • There are so many who could share their story about Dr. William Duke’s influence on their lives. I can only tell a brief overview of my story. The whole story would take hundreds of pens and miles of paper.

    I came to work in Marion Sims Memorial Hospital in 1967, two weeks after graduating from nursing at USC. Although I graduated on campus in Columbia, many of my classes were at the Universtiy of South Carolina at Lancaster with Caroline Funderburk as my instructor.

  • I read with great interest Sam Slack’s recent letter, “Libertarianism will add  to our nation’s problems,” I beg to differ with him the Republican Party has not changed its core philosophy since its inception.

    It is for a small federal government with states’ having rights within their borders. Most of the ridiculous things he cites do not even deserve an answer.

    However, I will tell you that the best person for the job of U.S. Congressman in the 5th District is Mick Mulvaney.

  • Based on the comments in the online section of The Lancaster News, it is obvious a lot of people have opinions on the new Evidence Preservation Act but don’t have a clue what the law actually requires. I would like to take this opportunity to answer some of the questions and comments regarding the Act.

  • I have heard that there is a small cemetery somewhere in Lancaster County with members of the Sims family buried in it. It is possibly a family burying ground.

    In the 1950s, it was on “Robert’s current own land.” I have heard that Garrett Sims, who died in the 1880s, was buried there.

    If anyone has heard of this cemetery, or any other small family cemeteries in the area, I would appreciate an e-mail at jonathan@reeveshome.org or a phone call at (334) 444-6705.

    Jonathan Reeves

    Auburn, Ala.

  • I hope this letter will help keep someone else from making the same mistake I did. I never thought this would happen to me. I even looked in the mirror to see if I had “Stupid” splashed across my forehead.

    I let a young man cheat me out of a lot of money. He came to my house and talked me into letting him pave my driveway with recycled asphalt.

    I know that this can be a good thing if it is done right, but this was not done right.

  • It’s about choice. Each individual chooses whether to use tobacco products or not. Those who choose to do so should not be ostracized.

    Those who choose not to use tobacco produces should not be subjected to second-hand smoke and a sidewalk dotted with used tobacco chaws outside county-owned buildings.

    That is the reason behind Lancaster County Council’s recent decision to implement smoking buffer zones around county buildings.

  • Driving home from a business trip in Atlanta recently, I was trying to stay alert. Zooming down that lonely stretch of State Road 12 headed toward Bristol, I suddenly recalled a song I heard in my teenage years.

    I haven’t thought much about that song in my adult years until now. Perhaps I was thinking about the song because my cousins had come to visit.

  • When the S.C. Republican Party met in Columbia last year, there was a spirited race to decide who would serve as our representatives to the Republican National Committee.

    We  were  to  elect  two  from  South  Carolina. Cindy Costa from Charleston was elected commiteewoman and Glenn McCall from Rock Hill was elected committeeman. Glenn was the first black to be elected national committeeman from our state and he was easily the overwhelming choice of that mostly conservative group.

  • To all drivers on Barberville Road in Fort Mill: I have adopted the highway you travel. 

    It would be greatly appreciated if you would adhere to the posted speed limit of 40 mph while I’m picking up trash.

    There have been many times vehicles passed me going so fast that you’d think it was Charlotte Motor Speedway.

    Just last week I had to dive into a ditch to keep from getting hit. It’s only a two-mile stretch, so please slow down.

    Sheilah Plonk

    Indian Land

  • I started Indian Land School in 1957 and finished in 1969. I was sad to hear of Mr. W.P. Leaphart passing.

    A lot of newcomers I’m sure don’t know, but this man was the best of the best in what he did and guided a lot of students as he was a great teacher.

    His knowledge was vast. He was a soft-spoken man who could point you to the correct way to do tasks. He was always helpful to the community as he ran the cannery in summer and taught adult classes in welding, small engines, etc.

  • Sam Slack’s letter, “Libertarianism will add to our nation’s problems,” was some leap of faith to ask readers to take in going from a textbook discussion of libertarianism to accusing two Republican candidates of actually endorsing, without any supporting facts, such proposals as these.

    We are all entitled to our own opinions, but when we state such opinions in public, we should ensure that readers know our background and motivation. I am the president of the Republican Club in Sun City.

  • Seems the S.C. Legislature has been watching those “CSI” re-runs and has come up with an act that directs law enforcement agencies to store evidence relating to a number of different crimes. Another home run for the convicted criminal. It not only offers the chance for a new trial, but a complete review of the evidence relating to the crime, which is being stored under the most ideal of conditions.

  • I would like to thank Richard Band and the staff of our local library for another successful summer reading program. It started with the Literacy Fair, which was great fun for everyone. There were free balloons, games and tickets to spend on hot dogs, dri-nks, cotton candy and more.

    The front yard of the library was filled with lots of booths with information and free books to encourage reading. There were lots of goodies kids love.

    “Ms. Brenda” Parker and her puppeteers presented fun stories inside the library.