• It’s time ...to talk about it

    If you follow the headlines, you know that child sexual abuse happens. It happens often and close to home. This reality can be overwhelming, but it’s important to remember that child sexual abuse can be prevented when we all play our part.

  • Veteran struggles with demons

    I am a veteran of the S.C. National Guard. I served in Afghanistan a few years ago, and recently decided to get out only because of medical issues sustained during combat. But the medical issues are secondary to the demons I’ve been facing in recent years. When I returned home, I was on top of the world. My family was proud. I made lifelong friends, had great and not-so-great experiences, but most of all, I went and fought for my country. There is no greater feeling.

  • Motorists, cyclists need to put safety first

    I almost hate to bring this up. It hasn’t been a problem lately, but it is  spring, finally, and I am not anxious to see the cyclists out again in the Marvin area.
    I recently read “Info for Motorists” on the Florida Bicycle Association website, http://floridabicycle.org/for-motorists/, which I received from a Facebook friend. There must have been a reason. I hope I don’t encounter an accident.
    From that page, I feel an undue sense of entitlement and confidence expected by the cyclist that may put them in danger.

  • Disagree with other’s view, but don’t insult

    I’d like to respond to Crystal Stango’s March 22 letter, “Whittlesey’s gun control column ‘inane filler.’ ” Why is it that liberals can’t have a discussion without name calling or insulting the person who sees issues differently.
    The entire letter belittled him. Why can’t you submit a letter that has a different view than yours – without the insults?
    It’s liberals like you who live in a fantasy land when you think making another gun law will prevent shootings? How’s the war on drugs doing?

  • Let’s stop government from taking our rights

    The laws being proposed by some self-gratifying politicians will not do anything to prevent mass shootings like Sandy Hook, Ct.  
    We have laws that  aren’t being enforced. Why have new laws that do more to hurt the honest, hard working, law abiding gun owners?
    A firearm in the hands of a law-abiding citizen can deter crime. The same firearm in the hands of a criminal or evil person will cause pain and grief for all. There are no facts that banning firearms and magazines will stop crime.

  • Background checks to buy guns serve no purpose

    Background checks before the purchase of guns is useless and against the Constitution.
    The rights listed in our Constitution Amendments are not subject  to the whim of some elite bureaucrat sitting in a cubical somewhere.
    For the casual thinker, like most Liberal Democrats, background checks are a good thing. It keeps people who should not have a gun from getting one. It keeps gangs, thieves, terrorists and felons from getting guns.
    Only problem is that they do not submit to those checks. So how are those checks working for us?

  • Courtrooms fail to protect children

    I remember how sick I felt in early March when I heard how 5-year-old Soren Chilson lost her life. I had trouble sleeping that week and could not get this little girl off of my mind.
    It seemed that everybody I came in contact with had the same reaction – overwhelming feelings of sadness and anger that something this terrible could happen to an innocent, defenseless child.

  • Don’t sacrifice civil rights to ‘do something’

    I would like to respond to Crystal Stango’s March 22 letter, “Whittlesey’s gun control column ‘inane filler.’ ”
    Stango was taking Whittlesey to task for his column, “Gun-ban effort infringes on our right to bear arms.” I would like to offer the following observations:
    1. The statement that “nobody is asking for a gun ban” is incorrect. Many, having including some in state and federal government are asking for that.

  • Community rallies to help centurion celebrate

    On March 16, 2013, Morningside of Lancaster had the privilege of hosting the 100th birthday party for our resident, Mr. Ted Robinson.
    You can imagine that through his 100 years, Mr. Ted has acquired a few friends.
    With nearly 300 guests expected, we needed to rethink our strategy. We needed help.
    Thankfully, we were able to enlist the help of our volunteers and several  local businesses. I would like to take this opportunity to thank them for the part they took in honoring Mr. Ted.

  • IL residents roar on neighborhood issues

    Indian Land needs to give a big hand to the residents of the Collins Road and Shelly Woods communities for protecting our world from more destruction by Lancaster County. 
    Collins Road people stood up and spoke up to County Council, letting them know they didn’t want B-3 zoning in their backyards. 
    The Shelly Woods residents told Lancaster County to take their trash collection center somewhere else.
    It works; we can take control of Indian Land’s destiny when we come together.
    We are strong; hear us roar.