• Writer commends Buford Middle 9/11 program

    I would like to commend Sherry Wells, Garrett Hammond and all of the Buford Middle School staff and students for the excellent 9/11 program that they recently presented. It was dignified, respectful and moving. I sincerely hope that this will become an annual tradition. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the entire gym by the end of the program. It was very evident that a lot of hard work, thought and planning was put into this.

  • Local public safety officers a blessing

    In the early morning of Sept. 5, 2013, our lives were changed forever. We lost our home to a massive house fire.
    Thankfully Joe, and I, and our dogs, Whistle and Sassy, got out safely.
    Joe and I want to take this opportunity to offer a heart-felt thank you to the first responders who came to our home that day.
    To Lancaster County EMS, city firefighters and Lancaster Police Department officers, we cannot thank you enough for your heroic efforts to keep us safe.

  • Congress should have same criteria as rest of us

    An open letter to my representatives in Washington, Sens. Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham and Rep. Mick Mulvaney:

    I have two issues I would like to address with you.

  • Tribute to 9/11 receives White House response

    I was raised in Lancaster and raised in the south. I became a musician at a young age, singing in church and playing in a school band. I am a writer, singer, producer and performer. Our band, Cleo White and the Identity Band, have played at numerous events, including for the Lancaster County Council of the Arts and at the Ballantyne Village. Band members include Larry Kelly, Evette Alexander and Iris Pringle.

  • White House response same – no matter letter content

    Randolph English and the Both Sides Stop the Violence Committee apparently believe that they actually received a response from the White House in respect to their letter urging that more be done to stop firearms-related homicides.
    Let me disabuse them of that belief.

  • Therapists make a big difference

    In honor of National Rehabilitation Week, Sept. 15-21, Michele Riordan, administrator at White Oak of Lancaster, recognizes the therapy staff at White Oak. They provide various therapies, including physical, occupational, speech and language for their residents and those in the community needing short-term therapy before returning home.
    “White Oak of Lancaster appreciates our therapy staff,” Riordan said. “We thank you for all your dedication and hard work.
    “You make a difference.”

    White Oak of
    Lancaster staff

  • Citizens shouldn’t feel intimidated at meetings

    There was a good citizen turnout at Lancaster County Council meeting on Monday, Sept 9. Thirteen people gave public comments, most opposing the Cluster Development Ordinance, some concerning other topics.
    All comments were well-constructed, appropriate and spoken with respect.

  • Resident finds council informed and knowledgeable

    I recently had the opportunity to go to my first County Commission meeting for the first time in my 25-plus years of being a Lancaster County resident. I am not writing this letter because of a favorable outcome or a personal thank-you note. Instead, I feel this meeting was a totally unexpected experience.
    I have read multiple posts in newspaper editorials, Facebook pages and dialogue with other community citizens on how bad county commissioners are. I have heard that they are biased, uninformed and incapable a making good decisions, etc..

  • Writer urges SCDOT to fix Taxahaw Road

    Since my first letter about the horrible shape of Taxahaw Road two years ago the S.C. Department of Transportation has done pretty much nothing concerning what I believe to be – not only an exercise in defensive driving but a hazard as well.
    Is there no money to fix this? I read, just like I’m sure a lot of you did, that the portion of this road from Potter Road to S.C. 522 is in the process of being repaved. To that I say, “bravo.” That leads to me also saying, “what about the rest?” These two points cover about 3.5 miles.

  • Atheists don’t have right to shut out God

    I recently read that the name Jesus Christ cannot be invoked in prayer in government offices and other public places in parts of North Carolina.
    Atheists are getting their way again. Those of us, who are Christians, should fight atheists on this issue. We, too, have rights.
    If you are an atheist and don’t believe in God, then don’t invoke his name. But those of us, who are Christians, will.

    Carl M. Miles