• Letter: Public online school a welcome alternative

    My grandsons Clayland and Brayden were always high-achievers in school. Unfortunately, the distractions of a brick-and-mortar classroom became too much, and they couldn’t focus.
    Their teachers were great, but struggled to balance lessons and class discipline. The boys begged to be home-schooled. Since I don’t have a teaching background, I was hesitant to agree. Thankfully, we’ve found the perfect solution with online public school.

  • Letter: Saddened by lack of Christ-like love

    As I read the opinion about how the lady at Starbucks was treated because she was wearing a gay-pride pin and was in fact gay herself, I was deeply saddened.
    As a Christian myself, I want to tell this lady how sorry I am she was treated this way. Please don’t judge the goodness and mercy of the God we serve by the way many of us, his followers, live out our Christian faith. We are to show Christ-like love to the world so that others might come to know him.

  • Letter to the Editor: Main Library to be closed during July for relocation

    Here’s a quick update on the changes happening at your Main Library as part of our expansion/renovation project.
    During the month of July, we are closed to public service, as we pack up nearly 50 years of memories. Some of our staff members remember coming here as little children, while others started working here when they were in high school, and are now grandmothers.  

  • Letter to the Editor: Thanks to anonymous giver who paid for my medication

    Through the years I have read many thank-you letters in The Lancaster News, never dreaming that I would be sending in one myself.
    The odd thing is that I do not know who I am thanking. This is because the very kind person or persons I am thanking wish to remain anonymous. I’m praying that the person or persons read The Lancaster News and will see my letter.

  • Letter to the Editor: In marking July 4th, principles more important than partying

    As I write this, the Fourth of July is approaching and the parties are about to begin.
    Sadly, the masses often celebrate this near-sacred day with little or no thought of the principles this once-great nation was founded on. It seems most partiers conveniently forget the sacrifices of the multitudes that came before us, those who shed their blood to establish a special land where freedom and justice would be key, with certain inalienable rights for the citizens of our nation bound together by a common goal.

  • Letter: Blame Obama for Iran tensions

    Tension is building around the world over Iran’s nuclear program. Who gets the blame? The United States and President Trump. 
    Who should get the blame? Barack Obama. He could taste a deal with Iran as his term ended. This would make his legacy! So hungry for a deal with Iran, he could see the prize. Yet his deal was a bad one.

  • Letter: How litter kills birds of prey

    Litter kills birds. Yes, if you see an owl, a hawk or another type of dead or injured bird of prey on the roadside, that’s likely the result of litter.
    When food, including apple cores and banana peels (which some people don’t consider litter), is tossed from vehicles, it attracts rodents that these magnificent birds feed upon. When they home in on this prey, they often ignore vehicles and are killed or injured in collisions.
    So all litter – even what you may consider compostable or natural – is destructive.

  • Letter: Lancaster County’s Transportation Committee is working properly

    Much of Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s May 22 column on the gas tax dealt with state policy issues, and I defer to the legislature on any response.
    I did want to reply to one section where he wrote that gas tax money sent to the County Transportation Committees “…fails to square with the ‘road-repairs only’ pledge, especially since the state has little oversight of how the counties use these dollars….”

  • Letter: Thanks to supporters of arts in our schools

    I am the music teacher at Heath Springs Elementary School. Because of grant funds we receive each year from the South Carolina Arts Commission, we were able to have another great school year of increasing and improving our arts education.
    We purchased congas and xylophones and other musical instruments, needed art supplies, two sets of choir risers and a hand-held cordless microphone.
    Our students were able to perform two musicals. We had guest professional performers and teachers in visual art, mime, puppetry, dance and brass band.

  • Letter: State Guard needs your help to fund boots on the ground

    The General Assembly has designated this month South Carolina State Guard Month to bring awareness about the important role this historic organization has played in the Palmetto State.
    As part of the commemoration, the S.C. Missions and Operations Support Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has launched the Boots on the Ground fundraising campaign to help with essential training and to purchase equipment and other necessities that would otherwise be out-of-pocket expenses for our volunteers.