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Opinion

  • The message was scribbled on a paper plate.

    "Feed me. This is the only meal I get. I can't afford groceries."

    It was just one of many paper plates sent to S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford.

    The paper plate messages were part of a statewide campaign to bring attention to Sanford's proposed $2.9 million budget cut for the Meals on Wheels program, which now feeds more than 20,000 people across the state.

  • After reading the article regarding animal fighting in the Feb. 17 issue, it made me even more grateful and proud of our legislators for the great things they are doing to move our state forward. Especially by protecting those who can’t help themselves. Has anyone ever pictured themselves in the animal’s place, especially a dog? How they would love to have a good home with someone to love and care for them. But they have no choice. The “good old country boys” as described, have control, and the animal has no rights. What are the heart and soul and feelings?

  • Good things continue to happen in the Panhandle area of Lancaster County. Things that will surely make a difference in the lives of citizens in Indian Land.On Jan. 31, Springs Memorial Hospital and the medical partners of the ambulatory surgery center held the grand opening of The Surgery Center at Edgewater. This facility must be called “state of the art” because when you visit it, it becomes apparent that money was no object.

  • I am writing about the article “Man being held for having sex with a horse, official says” in the Feb. 8 edition of The Lancaster News.I know this may be newsworthy to some folks, but that was something that could have been left out of the newspaper. The paper could have just put the man’s name and that he was arrested for indecent acts.Children use newspapers to look up events for school projects or discussions. I was around some teens after the article was in the paper and they were laughing and thinking the incident was funny.

  • Veterans have stepped up to the plate for our freedom. Now they need us to step up for them. Drivers are needed to take veterans to appointments in Columbia and Rock Hill.Our veterans are in need of our help.The Lancaster County Veterans Affairs office is looking for van drivers to take veterans to their medical appointments. Stops include the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia and the Rock Hill VA Clinic.The van transports veterans to appointments in Columbia Monday through Thursday.

  • Mr. Jensan Louis, were you amused at your own words and how good they sounded in your column "Anti-cockfighters seek to take away rights" in the Feb. 17 edition of The Lancaster News?

    They may have sounded that way to you, but for some of us your words were like stepping back in time about 200 years or more. To a time when blood sports were the order of the day and there was money to made on the blood and suffering of innocent animals.

    Today I'm glad to say that for the most part civilization has finally come to Lancaster County.

  • Feb. 6 marked the beginning of Lent this year. As many often regard this as an archaic tradition, I would beg to differ.

    This tradition is as relevant today as it was when Moses spent 40 days on Mt. Sinai.

    A colleague once brought up the concept that we tend to put God in our pocket, only pulling him out when we need them.

    Fellow Christians, we should not set a bad example by turning to God when we need him and simply forgetting about him when times get rough.

    Life will certainly present many distractions every time you turn around.

  • Project Palomino became a reality because of incentives and compromise. Project Palomino, as it was dubbed in the early stages, is the Finland-based company Metso Power Corp.

    Metso held a ground-breaking ceremony recently for its $13.5 million plant on a 21.4-acre site in the Lancaster Business Park. The firm that produces boilers for large industrial projects is expected to create 50 new jobs that pay between $15 and $30 an hour.

  • Super Bowl XLII is history, but it will long be remembered as one of the greatest championship games in National Football League history.

    The underdog New York Giants pulled a stunner, knocking off the powerful New England Patriots.

    The Patriots, cruising on an unbeaten streak, were a game away from being the stuff of gridiron legends. A 12-point favorite, New England was on the brink of becoming the first team since the 1972 Miami Dolphins to post an undefeated season in pro football.

  • Editor's note: Pat Eudy wrote this letter to Lancaster County Council members about the proposed sale of Roy Hardin Park.

    You are willing to sell a nine-acre tract (Roy Hardin Park) for $1 million when other land is being sold for $150,000-$200,000 per acre, three miles from that strategic location.

    When are you going to stop doing favors for developers and start doing something for the residents of Indian Land?

  • We think it's time that Lancaster County joins the growing number of school districts in the state that offers single-gender classes to their students.

    About 90 school districts in the state now offer single-gender classes to their students. There are no single-gender classes here, but the school district is exploring the option.

    We're told some schools may begin testing single-gender classes in the fall. A.R. Rucker Middle School, for instance, is looking at making single-gender classes available for sixth-graders next year.

  • I am excited to share the news that the Lancaster County Chapter of the American Red Cross has merged with the York County Chapter of the American Red Cross to form the Upper Palmetto Chapter.

    This means a greater strength and Red Cross presence for our residents in Lancaster County. By way of this new alliance, the Red Cross is doubling its capacity and resources to better serve the local community in times of need.

  • I am writing about John Baker's proposal to Lancaster County Council to prohibit naming government buildings after living individuals.

    I am amazed that Wayne Kersey is too arrogant to think more deeply into the matter. Mr. Baker has done his homework and pointed out that in naming government buildings could result in embarrassment. Let's suppose Mr. Kersey is protecting the possibility of having his name on a building.

  • This is directed to every South Carolinian and American from every walk of life – whether you are a school teacher, housewife, public official, politician, CEO, animal rights activist, animal fighting proponent, retiree, vegetarian, meat lover, city slicker or country bumpkin.

    I am disgusted by all the hoop-lah being stirred up by the cockfighting raid in York County on Super Bowl Sunday. All the preaching that ensued about toughening the law because of all the "horror, cruelty and bad things" that supposedly goes on during cockfights.

  • Woman asks for return of photos in stolen billfold

    On Feb. 12, my billfold was stolen out of my purse at the Family Dollar Store in Kershaw at 513 S. Hampton St. My billfold was gray in color with two zippers on each side.

    The billfold and the money are really of no value to me. But the pictures of my family are my world.

    Since I lost my son in 1995, I have very little left of him except the pictures that were in my billfold.

  • I was disappointed when Mick Mulvaney won S.C. House District 45 in 2006. Today, I feel that it is necessary that I salute Mulvaney because he has proven my initial judgment wrong.

    All too often, we voters are left in the dark while lawmakers make decisions that affect us. We may get a newspaper article or a news segment to keep us informed. Yet, voters are usually left to wonder "what are those lawmakers thinking?"

    Mick, thank you for providing your constituents with an explanation of your voting record.

    Heather Mullins-Teasley

    Lancaster

  • In case you didn't know, tomorrow is Valentine's Day. The day set aside to recognize those who hold a special place in your heart.

    It is also a good time to check the health status of your own heart. After all, February is American Heart Month. And appropriately so. What better time to focus on the most vital human organ than during the month of love?

    The American Heart Association says that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

  • Overwhelming support for Saylors benefit

    The family and friends of Amy Saylors would like to extend a most heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the "Save Amy" barbecue benefit held on Jan. 26.

    The tremendous amount of time and energy provided by all of the volunteers was nothing short of phenomenal.

    We did not expect such an overwhelming response to this event.

    Simply put, the people of this wonderful community proved once again how willing they are to reach out and help someone in need.

  • Sitting in the musty smelling living room, I looked around at the aging duct tape and hardened carpenter's glue that I used over the years to hold together this fragile, cement-block, 1930-something house.

    It's a small, two-bedroom, 600-square feet abode that my grandmother, Brennie Love, having lived there since 1939, insisted that she would remain in until she dies.