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Today's Opinions

  • We should spend money on hungry people, not sidewalks

    I am writing in response to Nov. 18 article “State ranked among top 5 states for hunger” in The Lancaster News. I have lived in Lancaster County for 18 years and I just recently saw in the same paper that Heath Springs got $200,000 for a new sidewalk. Kershaw and Lancaster both have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars each on redoing their sidewalks and trying to improve the looks of downtown. How much do we spend on feeding hungry children and old folks? Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on things we want doesn’t seem right when there are people hungry.

  • HOPE fills critical need in county

    It’s hard to fathom that here in the United States – the land of plenty – that anyone could go hungry. But they do. And a recent federal study shows that South Carolina ranks in the top five states for hunger.

    An average of 15 percent of South Carolinians endured a “food insecurity” between 2004-06, according to the study. That includes people in Lancaster County.

  • County stalling on concrete plants

    I cannot believe that it has taken almost a year of unheeded citizens’ complaints, negative media coverage and governmental bureaucracy to accomplish nothing.

    Lancaster County Council listened to and then took absolutely no action concerning the continuing noise, air and light pollution caused by the redi-mix cement plants in the Perimeter 521 Industrial Park for the residents adjacent to these facilities.

  • Woman wants stolen purse with important IDs returned

    On Nov. 16, my pocketbook was stolen from me in K-Beauty Hair Product Store. I had all my identification in there. I also had my mother, brother and deceased grandmother’s identification in there. I had cash and a camera which contained pictures of my grandmother lying in her casket at the funeral home.

    To the thief or thieves, God will intervene with you. There is a saying that goes “you will reap what you sow.”

    While I’m mourning the death of my grandmother, you took something of sentimental value from me.

  • It took team effort to honor veterans at area events

    Last week, an article in The Lancaster News reported an event and provided a picture of me with a flag presented by the Andrew Jackson High School JROTC. There was also a brief story. I thank you for the article and would like to provide the rest of the story.

  • Officer verifying residency status

    Questions have recently arisen regarding vehicle stops in the Indian Land area. I would like to explain the rationale for these stops.

    As most residents are aware, Lancaster County has begun an initiative to locate residents who are not properly paying South Carolina taxes on property subject to such taxation. One of our first efforts involves vehicles that are not properly taxed.

  • Take time to be grateful Thursday

    When we reflect on Thanksgiving, we often have images of the grateful Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians sharing a bountiful feast on a fall New England day.

    Gently falling leaves under a blue sky with a cool breeze as the meal unfolds.

    True, the holiday dates back to the time the early settlers sat down with their Native American friends and shared good food and fellowship. That was 1621.

    Still, it wasn’t until 1863 – two years into the Civil War that President Abraham Lincoln appointed a day of thanksgiving as the last Thursday in November.

  • Owner explains change from game room to Chad’s place

    I understand Pastor Andy Hart’s confusion concerning the article, “Pastor questions motive of game room owners,” in the Nov. 7 edition of The Lancaster News about Chad’s Game Room.