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Save Lodge Post Office

Dear Editor,

As a concerned resident of the town of Lodge, I am very upset about the possibility of losing our Post Office.

We are very proud of our Post Office. It is an icon for our small town. There is easy access with a large parking lot, handicap parking and a very friendly and helpful postmaster.

I realize that modern technology has taken over and people are using computers more and more. In our town almost all of the citizens use our Post Office because they don’t have the modern technology to rely on. They also depend on the friendly smile and all the help our Postmaster, Karen Fogle, offers.

Not only does our Post Office offer pick up and delivery of our mail, but Karen also issues passports. People from larger towns come to Lodge to apply for passports because of the fast and courteous service they receive.

I personally think that if our government would stop spending our tax dollars on senseless projects that totally go to waste, they could use that money where it is most needed.

If Lodge loses its Post Office we will all have to change not only our address but also our zip code, which may lead to losing our township. We would no longer be a town - we would be a community.

I am serving a second term on the Lodge Town Council. I take pride in our town and all the hard work the mayor and the councilman do for our town.

I think I speak for all the citizens of and around Lodge by saying we don’t want to lose our Post Office.

Brenda Connelly, Councilperson, Lodge

National Kidney Foundation Kidney Walk

Dear Editor,

On October 20, I’ll be walking in the National Kidney Foundation’s Kidney Walk to raise funds to help fight kidney disease. The Foundation is the world’s largest voluntary health organization dedicated to preventing kidney and urinary tract disease, improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases, and increasing the availability of all organs for transplantation.

I’d like to enlist your support for this important cause. The focus on preventing kidney problems and disease is now more important than ever before:

• 26 million American adults, or 1 in 9, are living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). This is a 30% increase over the last decade.

• In Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun counties, 1 in 4 has chronic kidney disease!

• Thousands of South Carolinians are unaware of their condition. Early detection is essential to treating and preventing CKD.

• Everyday 18 people on the US organ transplant waiting list die. The NKF is working to change these numbers.

• The NKF offers free screenings, support services, educational initiatives and materials to South Carolinians.

Please join me in fighting kidney disease by supporting my efforts to raise $1,500 for the 2011 Orangeburg Kidney Walk. You may send your donation to Nona S. Clark, 213 Cassena Circle, Bamberg, SC 29003.

I encourage you to join me at the Kidney Walk. To register, visit

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