Today's News

  • Need to give is now even more important in tough economy

    I was recently invited to speak to a civic club about my views on the stimulus, and whether the promises that it would create jobs are being fulfilled.

    I was chosen to speak on the issue because I had publicly given my assessment that the economic downturn was used as an excuse to spend money we don’t have in the name of economic recovery, and that the stimulus hasn’t worked as advertised.

    More than seven months after the bill passed, the national unemployment rate is 9.8 percent – a 26-year high.

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  • Obama’s presidency in trouble

    Nine months in and President Barack Obama’s administration is in trouble. This is perhaps most evident in his health-care initiative, an important concern that he has made central to his first year in office. Unfortunately, his administration has mishandled the issue, allowing it to spiral out of control and threaten to become a political liability.

  • President should come out of closet

    I live in Lancaster, Pa., and recently was at a veterans administration clinic there for some lab work. The waiting room was crowded and there were several conversations under way when I got there.

    In the corner was a TV set, which was tuned to CNN. When the news turned to the war in Afghanistan, the room grew silent as we all watched and listened. Eight United States servicemen were killed, the reporter said, making October one of the worst months for U.S, casualties since the war began. Several observers in the waiting room shook their heads in silence.

  • Dream Team grateful to USCL baseball team

    As vice president of the Dream Team Foundation, I would like to give a special thank you to the University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball team for making the 2009 tee ball season a success.

    We have had the opportunity of working with the Lancer team, and we would like for you to know that working with them has been a pleasure. They are the most dependable, responsible, caring group of young men the Dream Team has ever had as volunteers.

  • Volunteers are the reason city Boo Fest was a success

    Boo Fun Fest 2009 was an exciting event. The Boo Fun Fest is held annually on Halloween night and is sponsored by the city of Lancaster. Originally began as a safe Halloween alternative for children to trick or treat, the Boo Fun Fest has grown to become an annual Halloween destination for families throughout Lancaster. This year’s event was estimated to have served more than 2,000 people.

  • Southern end of county like a phoenix

    Hot diggety dog, the southern end of Lancaster County is rising like a phoenix from its ashes. Kershaw is on the move. Most noted lately is its resolve to recognize our World War II vets with the Honor Flight.

    Now, bless Pete, Heath Springs has swept away the remains of that old water tank and is trying to come up with a memorial for all  county veterans since the Spanish-American War while the county seat is engrossed with building the largest courthouse under one roof.

  • Unemployment benefits issue a misunderstanding

    By the time this hits print, the General Assembly will already have reconvened to take up one specific topic – extended unemployment benefits.

    Somewhere in the 1,200-page federal stimulus bill, there was an opportunity for South Carolina to obtain funds for an additional 20 weeks of benefits by changing the measure used to trigger emergency jobless benefits, which states give out during times of high unemployment.

  • Parent asks smokers to stop smoking on ball fields

    I’m writing as a concerned parent. We have great sports programs for our children in Lancaster. It’s so good to have a place for families to play and have a good time. I’d like to ask the parents and adults to refrain from smoking at the ball fields. There are children there who suffer from asthma and adults who have breathing problems.

    It would be great to have a place to go that is smoke free for all to enjoy. It would also set a good example for the children to have a smoke-free place to play.

  • Obama not listening to advice about Afghanistan

    In May of 2009, President Barack Obama handpicked Lt. Gen. Stanley McCrystal to command our troops in Afghanistan. The general carried with him the president’s new strategy for winning the war. Obama explained this strategy in a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars on Aug. 17, saying,“Our new strategy has a clear mission and defined goals – to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and its extremist allies.”