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Opinion

  • I would like to take this opportunity to thank The Lancaster News for wishing and printing numerous times "Merry Christmas” for its subscribers, as society is pushing toward “Happy Holidays” or “Winter Holiday Wishes.”

    The Lancaster News staff and editor isn’t afraid of sticking to traditional values and standing proud of Lancaster County.

    Our business advertises weekly with The Lancaster News and Mica Jones, an advertising representative with The Lancaster News, also wasn’t afraid to use Merry Christmas once or twice.

  • The Heath Springs Senior Council on Aging lunch bunch, both in-house and home-delivered meals, local community seniors and Mount Calvary Outreach Seniors in Kershaw wish to express their gratitude to the Hillside High School Class of 1970 for remembering us in such a warm and special way.

    We only wish you could have been present to experience the thrill and excitement as we received our gifts.

    Our thanks also to Bright Light Baptist and Mount Tabor AME Zion churches who had a part in making this mission possible.

  • I would not vote for Barack Obama for president of our United States. He does not have enough experience. He could not be effective in foreign affairs or the job of commander in chief of our military.

    Clyde E. Powers

    Heath Springs

  • A year ago, several members of Lancaster County Council said a new county courthouse was a top priority.

    The process takes time, but some steps were taken to move forward on the issue over the last year.

    The next step in the process is hiring an architect.

    County Council Chairman Rudy Carter said the council committee working on hiring an architect is in the final stages of the selection process, but an announcement on the architect won't be made until a cost for the courthouse is determined. The goal to determine that figure is early spring.

  • Don

    I find it interesting that in the Dec. 30 edition of The Lancaster News is an article that informs the public about the taping of a show on Congress' accomplishments in 2007 by U.S. Rep. David Price of North Carolina and U.S. Rep. John Spratt of South Carolina and then another article by Dr. Mark W. Hendrickson telling the reader not to trust Congress on solving the nation's energy woes.

  • In a letter published in both The Carolina Gateway and The Lancaster News, D.J. Carter comments that zoning notice practices have changed and he feels that this is an attempt to hide the facts in bureaucratic red tape.

    Being a relatively new county employee, I inquired from staff regarding this allegation. Lancaster County has only had zoning in place for about 15 years so there haven’t been too many years of “past times” to review.

  • This is the time of year for resolutions, and we’d like to suggest one for leaders of the Lancaster County Council on Aging and those of afternoon programming at the Heath Springs Community Center. That is, resolve to resolve your differences. Please.

  • Seems County Council’s 2008 agenda includes a brand spanking new courthouse. I read there is some talk about having a vote on the issue. But we all know when the powers that be get a burr under their saddles it’s the tax-paying riders who will have to hang onto the saddle horn. So, it’s pretty much a foregone fact that a new courthouse is on the way and the old Mills designed building will become a possible museum containing some rusty textile equipment to celebrate our heritage, no doubt.

  • The Huckabee bandwagon is becoming alarmingly large and should concern every true conservative who desires less government and a return to true conservative principals.

    Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s campaign Web site states he would be tough on immigration. However, his record confirms otherwise.

  • Apparently, it is the feeling of a minority of people in the Indian Land community that it is perfectly appropriate to issue a threat of a $4-5 million dollar lawsuit, which if carried through, would have a significant impact on every property taxpayer in Lancaster County.

    However, it is not appropriate for any potentially impacted taxpayer to question the poor choices of those persons making that threat.

    A permit was issued several years ago for a concrete plant in the Indian Land community. There were residential units in the area at the time.

  • By the end of next year the voters of District 16 will have given me the opportunity to serve in the Senate for as long as anyone since the formation of Lancaster County.

    From the time I began my first campaign in 1992 people from Fort Mill to Kershaw to Winnsboro have blessed me with their confidence and support.

  • Early Christmas morning, Lancaster lost a good citizen, Rita Johnson. To her family and friends, Rita was special. Rita was a successful business woman, a devoted mother and wife, a civic leader, a wonderful friend. Rita held many offices in St. Luke United Methodist Church.

  • Recently there have been articles in the Lancaster newspaper about the consolidation of voting polls for the upcoming Republican and Democratic elections.

    Any time changes are made in the manner that an election is held comes under the scrutiny of the NAACP. The NAACP has been at the forefront of equal voting rights for all citizens.

  • It was an early Christmas present. The Greater New Hope Christian Association soup kitchen.

    It was rainy, dull day when it officially opened on Dec. 15. But the dreary day did little to dampen the spirits of the soup kitchen’s champions – those who had the vision and those who helped make it become a reality.

  • Those involved with the Closing the Achievement Gap initiative met three times last year to address a concern that impacts everyone – the academic achievement gap between students in different demographic subgroups, including race and income.

    Closing that gap should concern us all. The Palmetto Achievement Challenge Test (PACT), high school exit exams and end-of-course exams show a 20 percent or more gap in scores between the races and between those receiving free or reduced meals and other students.

  • I knocked on the window rather loudly in an effort to arouse a small dog laying motionless in my back yard. His head didn’t rise when I knocked louder which led me to believe there was something wrong. I slipped on my shoes and went outside to take a closer look.

  • I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank the Catawba Area Agency on Aging, Lancaster County, Heath Springs Mayor Ann Taylor, Heath Springs town leaders and the senior citizens for their commitment to keeping the Heath Springs Senior Center open after the Lancaster Council on Aging ceases management of the center later this month.

  • The notification came in a simple press release: The Heath Springs Seniors Center was closing. Seniors using the Heath Springs facility could continue to get the same services at the Kershaw Satellite Senior Center just five miles away.

    We knew what the reaction would be.

    “It upset us really bad (the decision to pull services),” said Heath Springs senior Dessie Reeves. “We’re a close-knit bunch here.”

    That is quite true.

  • On Dec. 10, while attending a friend’s burial at Kershaw Cemetery, I visited my late husband’s grave to pay respect. I noticed at this time that my tombstone had been removed. Someone had actually stolen my grave marker that I had placed beside my deceased husband’s grave.

  • After reading Karen Paulson’s letter to the paper about how my letter to the paper was not necessary, I was a little bit confused.

    I was under the impression that the opinion section of the newspaper was exactly the place to air my opinion.

    I am thankful to live in a country where I have the freedom to express my thoughts and a forum in which to do so.

    And, as a matter of fact, someone from both the tax assessor’s office and the Department of Motor Vehicles contacted my husband and me.