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We have been your newspaper for 158 years

By The Staff

You may be reading this editorial as a printed product held in your hand, sprawled across the kitchen table while drinking your morning coffee or while scrolling down your computer screen or smart phone.

Today you have numerous methods of getting the news. And the dissemination of news has changed dramatically since the early years of smoke signals.

National Newspaper Week begins today and it’s a good time to take a look at what your community newspaper means to you.


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Republicans a winning combination

By Mary Atkinson

Thank you, Lancaster News for encouraging registered voters to write about their preferred candidate.

I would like to take this opportunity to show my support for the Republican candidates, both statewide and nationally.

Thank you to the S. C. Conservative Republicans, Jim DeMint, Mick Mulvaney, Nikki Haley, Mick Zais, Tim Scott, Ken Ard and Rob McCoy, to name a few. They will all help to put America back on top of her game.

These candidates and many others statewide and nationally mean many different things to many people in all issues concerning America.


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Cooperative needs help to improve literacy rates

By Kathy Wilds

The J. Marion Sims Foundation launched a literacy initiative in 2002 to address the alarmingly high rate of illiteracy (more than 50 percent) in the Lancaster area. Part of that initiative included facilitating the creation of the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC) as a way to focus energy on promoting greater community ownership of literacy.


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Spratt displays blatant disregard for our welfare

By The Staff

As I ride through Lancaster, Chester and York counties, I am deeply saddened by the number of plants and buildings boarded up and falling down as a result of Springs Industries moving the bulk of its business to countries south of the United States.


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I am kicking my voting habit

By The Staff

I have a confession to make. I helped John Spratt get elected in 1982. Like so many other conservatives I have voted for him and encouraged others to vote for him in every election since then through and including 2008.

In short, I have voted for John all 14 times, and would have this year too had he not voted for the bailouts, the stimulus, cap and trade and the healthcare bill. The John Spratt I voted for in 1982 would not have cast those votes, for back then he was a conservative southern Democrat.


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John Spratt is no friend of ours

By The Staff

It is unfortunate to think of John Spratt as a “friend” of our district. Friends do not let government spending spiral beyond imaginable numbers.

Friends do not support ineffective legislation or inefficient government and then expect you, their “friend,” to pay for it all. Neither do friends support legislation that has the long term effect of eroding the support and structure that has permitted this country to prosper through private business and individual freedoms.


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Piece of cloth represents what's great about U.S.

By Ed McAteer

Howard Schnauber wrote, “My Name Is Old Glory.”  You see, it is all about a piece of cloth that I hold dear. People use this cloth often. Most do so with pride.

Although sometimes ragged, and sometimes torn, this cloth looms atop the world’s tallest buildings, and stands watch in America’s halls of justice. always-standing guard with power throughout the world. Peace, honor, truth, justice, and freedom.

That is exactly what she stands for. This cloth has fought in every battle of every war for more than 200 years.


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Was it a social hour or business meeting?

By The Staff

Several weeks ago, Lancaster County and City councils held a joint gathering at Charley’s Cafe in downtown Lancaster.

Normally, The Lancaster News receives notification of such meetings within the 24-hour period outlined  under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA.) In this incident, special notification about the meeting was not sent to The Lancaster News, as is procedure before any public meetings. Instead, we received a telephone call from someone letting us know about the meeting just before it happened.


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Time to retire John Spratt

By The Staff

I wish I could go back to bagging food at the Winn Dixie in Kershaw in 1965. Yes, in 1965 we had the Vietnam War hanging over us like an angry cloud. But we knew if we didn’t go to college we could work at Springs in Lancaster or DuPont in Camden or many other manufacturing jobs in the area. We knew we could feed the kids and raise our families because there were so many options for employment in Lancaster, Kershaw and surrounding counties.


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We must divide power to contain government

By Greg Summers

The most important lesson to be learned from the last 20 years of American government is this: absolute power grows government absolutely.


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