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Letters

  • Wilkenfeld letter: Candidates should have to declare party

    I believe it should be a federal law that all individuals running for public office must be identified by party affiliation, whether it is via radio, television, newspaper advertising or road signs.
    Years ago, I always voted for the person who I believed was best qualified. In the absence of their party identifications being made public, I enter the voting booth and I am in and out in 10 seconds after I vote the straight Democratic ticket.
    Merrel Wilkenfeld
    Indian Land

     

  • Whiting letter: Why won’t more use school buses?

    I understand school board candidate Chris Campbell’s concerns as overcrowding in the Indian Land district continues.
    My concern is why are so many parents taking their kids to school in the morning. My taxes are buying buses to take students to school. But people are trying to get to work in the morning with SUVs flying by and cutting you off to get their kid to school.
    I have no kids. Can I opt out on paying school taxes? What is the lottery money going for? I thought for schools. I guess not.

  • Schaffer letter: Lessons from 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.

  • Tanner letter: Goodbye and good luck, John Weaver

    I would like to be one of the first to say goodbye to Lancaster County Attorney John Weaver.
    Bless your heart, you did the best you could.
    Good luck and enjoy your retirement at the beach.
    Jane Tanner
    Indian Land
     

  • Langston 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.

  • Carroll letter: IL 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.

  • Schaffer letter: We need protection for pre-existing health 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.

  • Doyle 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 last week. There have been very few like Sen. John McCain. This man put family and country first.

  • Brathe letter: Presidents Obama, Clinton went after journalists, too

    This is a response to the Aug. 15 opinion piece by Jay Bender.
    As a former professor of journalism, Mr. Bender is obviously offended by President Donald 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.

  • Overstreet letter: Thanks to all who helped with Back to School Bash

    Thanks to all the volunteers who made the Lancaster Back to School Bash event successful and meaningful for the  Lancaster County School District students who needed our loving support Saturday, Aug. 11!