• I wanted to thank police Officer Terry Cureton for going above and beyond recently to help me find my dog after she ran away from a visit to the vet’s office.

  • Bad cop, innocent victim. It’s the kind of story TV stations love to make a splash with.

    I’ve wondered from the start why two local residents didn’t report to their local paper that a Lancaster Police Department officer reportedly used obscene language with them, and threatened them. I’ve written stories about officers who have done wrong before.

  • Now that the Health Care Bill has become law, it is important to note what it will mean for residents in the 5th Congressional District.

    - It will improve coverage for 412,000 residents that already have health insurance.

    - It will extend coverage to 75,000 uninsured residents.

    - It will give tax credits and assistance to 195,000 families.

    - It will allow tax credits to 12,300 small businesses to help them afford health coverage for all their employees.

    - It will develop a program to help early retirees afford coverage.

  • I am concerned how our state spends money. We live in a state where the unemployment rate is expected to reach a record high of 13 percent this year.

    Yet members of the S.C. Legislature seem to think that a PGA golf tournament is more important than trying to prevent teachers from losing jobs.

    In many school districts across the state, budgets are so tight that these districts are cutting out substitutes. And unfortunately, many teachers are losing their jobs as well.

  • Bobby Collins’ March 19 column, “Conservatives frequently make liberal a bad word,” was thought-provoking.

    I have known the Collins family since I moved here in 1965 to set up my medical practice. I took care of his father for years, and I considered him to be one of the finest, most humble and unassuming men I had ever known. Bobby Collins and his mother are my friends. We like each other very much. He and I just see politics differently. I consider myself a conservative. If Bobby is a liberal, I certainly would never know it.

  • I read a recent story where two imprisoned black men were cleared of the crime for which they were charged. Blacks and minorities face these same issues even today – being charged with a crime they did not commit. But what happens to these men when they are found not guilty? Thank God for DNA.

    If they had a job before they were arrested, do they get their jobs back? I realize they can sue but is it fair to them when their jobs are jeopardized, especially when it is not their fault? Do they get compensation from former employers or any kind of job back?

  • When the City Council voted unanimously on March 30 not to give Pat Parsons his job back they dumped a can of ugly worms that will multiply and spread into every area of Lancaster.

    The lack of support and consideration given this officer during a most stressful time in his life by Police Chief Hugh White and City Council may lead other officers and city employees to fear they have no job security.

  • People who believe that government-run health care is a right truly embrace a fundamental principle of Marxism.

    The Marxist system is described by Marx and Engels in their Communist Manifesto, where they describe a perfect society in which everyone shares equally in work, good health and wealth, all coordinated by a hierarchy of representatives chosen from the workers.

    If something is a natural right then mere men do not need to control it. The Democratic Party believes its leaders to be that very hierarchy needed to control society.

  • Easter, one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar, is today.

    The religious holiday, according to the Bible, commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The day follows such notable days as Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, the day of Christ’s crucifixion and two days before he rose again on what is now celebrated as Easter.

    Throughout our county, state and nation, events leading up to Easter, or, as some say, Easter Sunday, are a part of Holy Week.

    Easter, unlike Christmas, doesn’t always fall on the same day.

  • Several weeks ago another reader wrote a letter about road repairs.

    Being retired from the road construction business after 50 years, I am also concerned with the conditions of many roads in Lancaster County.

    Some of these roads are downright dangerous and contribute to many accidents that could be prevented. Taxahaw Road from S.C. 522/Rocky River Road south to U.S. 601 is marred with potholes and repair over repair.

  • I really thought I had seen as much stupidity as Lancaster had to offer until last night when the people that we elected to City Council voted to not give Pat Parsons his job back. Did you even pay any attention to the grievance committee’s recommendation? If you’re not going to listen to anything they say, why have them?

  • We applaud The Lancaster News and Christopher Sardelli for the article written March 17, “Edenmoor: Fact Vs. Fiction.”

  • Prom season is already here, bringing its own special set of pressures to Lancaster County teens.

    Maybe you remember some of them: Who will ask me? Will I have a date? What will I wear? Where will we eat? Where will we go after the prom? And the real kicker: How will I afford all of this?

    That’s a big question for a lot of local folks this year who are facing increasingly tight budgets in the midst of the Great Recession.

  • Plans for the second season of the Lancaster County Community Garden are taking root.

    The garden is a collaborative effort between the Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Department and the United Way.

    A year ago, the garden began with a grant from Duke Energy, with a majority of funding by volunteer effort and community donations.

    The Community Garden, which became a popular place last year, is adjacent to the Lancaster County Park and Recreation’s Melvin Steele Soccer Complex on South Woodland Drive.

  • We are writing in response to the article, “Marsh reflects on success, upbringing in Lancaster,” by Jesef Williams in the March 7 edition of The Lancaster News.

    We checked with The Lancaster News and were told that the article was brought to them by Eugene’s brother. The Lancaster News then called Marsh to interview him and verify that the information was true, which he did.

  • Recently, I cried for brown dog with an orange collar. He was near starvation when he came into my life.

    He was afraid of everyone and everything, but was aggressive if someone got close to him. He usually stayed in an outside shed at night and hid in the woods during the day. He would return late at night to eat the food I left for him.

  • In the early hours of April 2, someone made an attempt to enter my home. The back door was jerked abruptly open with enough force to break the chain locks. I admit, my response was one of panic.

  • This is in response to the letter to the editor, “Classmates dispute Marsh’s claim of racism,” in the April 2 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • I’m really embarrassed about a mistake in the Wednesday edition of The Lancaster News and I’d like to apologize to our readers, advertisers and my co-workers for it.

    I’ve been so busy for the last month that I haven’t been reading the Bible very much. But, trust me, it is still relevant and reliable as it was 2,000 years ago.

    Here, I’ll prove it.

    Ecclesiastes 4:9 talks about how “two is better than one because they have a good return on their work.”

  • Lancaster is a town divided. Seemingly it has always been this way: conservatives vs. liberals, Baptists vs. Presbyterians, traditionalists vs. progressives, “haves” vs. “have-nots.” Clearly, it’s not just our little corner of the world, but, sadly, it is true that derision is overwhelming our fair city right now.

    If you have been following the political news recently, you already know the current topic of derision.