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Letters

  • Letter: Let’s learn lessons of overdevelopment

    I may be a carpetbagger with little right to write this letter but, then again, I bring with me an eyewitness account as to what can happen with overdevelopment.
    Having read of the massive developments proposed off U.S. 521, I need to sound the alarm. Up North you can see every federal highway with miles of strip malls and developments. Scarcely a tree still stands.
    Now that I am here, living in the biggest development of all – Sun City Carolina Lakes – I see more coming.

  • Letter: Signs are necessary during elections

    As we go into the election season, campaign signs begin to bloom along the roadsides. Although they don’t resemble the wildflowers you might prefer to see there, they are a time-honored means for candidates to let voters know they exist and that they would appreciate the voters’ support. 
    South Carolina law says candidates have a right to put them there as long as they remain on the highway right-of-way and don’t invade anyone’s personal property without permission.

  • Letter: Stranger goes out of his way to be kind

    On Friday, Aug. 24, I dropped my wallet at the ATM on Airport Road. Arriving home, I realized it was missing and returned to the ATM, but I could not find it.
    When I got back home, a large, beige truck was coming up my road. The driver pulled over to my mailbox and said, “Your son-in-law (my next-door neighbor) has your wallet.”
    I was so upset about losing it and having it found that I thanked the young man again and again, but let him drive away without knowing his name.

  • Letter: Praising fact-based, well-made argument

    I am responding to Chandler Norville’s guest column in Friday’s Lancaster News, headlined “I fear that young conservatives will get lost in a sea of liberals.”
    I commend Mr. Norville for his fact-based, well-written, intelligent article. He is identified as a 20-year-old from Kershaw who is serving as chairman of the Lancaster County Young Republicans.
    This is welcomed assurance that, indeed, there are millennials other than those who are Bernie Sanders-driven, entitlement-seeking activists.

  • Letter: Library board member wary of Kershaw move

    I am the District 1 member on the Lancaster County Library Board. My district includes the Del Webb branch in Indian Land.
    Many people utilize the library on a daily basis. Many groups have meetings weekly or monthly. Our facilities are undersized. The board met with the architects last week to see what they came up with for all three libraries.
    Our area of the county is the fastest-growing, and we need a library that can serve those needs.

  • Letter: We lost a great man in Sen. John McCain

    Life teaches us many things. How to take care of our family, raise our children, show them what’s right and wrong. It teaches us to be honest, never bully people, never make fun of people with disabilities, and to treat people with kindness. How to take care of our country and serve it. How to take in and help immigrants. How to defeat bullies and cowards.
    We lost a great man this week. There have been very few like Sen. John McCain. This man put family and country first.

  • Letter: Need protection on pre-existing conditions

    I have one grandchild and five great nieces and nephews, all with medical issues from birth or childhood. This means they have pre-existing conditions.
    A new conservative Supreme Court may do what the president and his party could not get fully accomplished. They might completely rescind the Affordable Care Act. With that goes the protection against insurance companies using pre-existing conditions as a disqualifier for medical coverage or as a reason to assess unaffordable rates.

  • Letter: Presidents Obama and Clinton also went after journalists

    This is a response to the Aug. 10 opinion piece by Mr. Jay Bender.
    As a former professor of journalism, Mr. Bender is obviously offended by President Trump’s assertion that the national press is “the enemy of the people.”
    He fears that President Trump will harm freedom of the press, but has forgotten the Obama administration’s hacking of CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s computer and its seizing of phone records belonging to the parents of Fox News reporter James Rosen.

  • Letter: Questioning the county’s road-maintenance fee

    The county road-maintenance fee – where does it go? It has been in effect since the 1980s when it was $15 per vehicle registered in Lancaster County, which generated close to a million dollars back then.
    Now it is $30 per vehicle every year, and with all the development in the county, there are many more vehicles registered.
    Also when the new courthouse was paid for, we voted to leave the 2 percent sales tax on to pay for road maintenance.
    South Carolina has the worst roads in the nation. Where does all the road maintenance money go?

  • Letter: School board candidate Couch explains residency situation

    I am a candidate to represent Lancaster County School Board in District 5. There are many reasons for running.
    I’d like to be a voice for teachers in the county. I’d hope to bring some fresh ideas to the board through the eyes of a former teacher, coach and current high school baseball umpire.