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Columns

  • Pelham: Hire candidates with highest qualifications

    Many of you may know that recently the Lancaster County School District filled another top-level position entitled director of secondary education.

    What many of you may not know is that of the three finalists interviewed for this top-level position two were minority females, who I think had more qualifications than the person selected for the position.

  • ‘Stupid is as stupid does’

    Is there anyone who does not recognize this brilliant comment from the movie “Forest Gump?”

    I’m sure that the scriptwriters who penned this statement never imagined how mainstream this observation on life would become.

    The year is 2014. It is again time for a mid-term election. Is there any doubt as to the outcome of this exercise in futility?

  • Just fixing the court backlog is not enough

    In about 90 days, the people of Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties will go to the polls to elect a new circuit solicitor, known as a district attorney in other areas.

    Much will be made of the backlog of pending criminal cases in our circuit during the solicitor’s election and it is, of course, a tremendous issue, particularly in Lancaster County.

  • Overlay designed to slow traffic

    If you commute to Charlotte or regularly travel on U.S. 521, you might want to contact members of Lancaster County Council and ask what they are doing.

    They passed the Panhandle Highway Corridor Overlay District so they could fix it. Now is the time to fix it.

    Often it has been said, the devil is in the details.

    “Our goal is by bringing the buildings forward, creating landscaping, it’s going to slow down the traffic,” said the county’s consultant from North Carolina.

  • Tips for keeping your cat calm

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    The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such disruptive things as summer thunderstorms and road trips.

    And unfortunately behavioral issues are the No. 1 reason for euthanasia in dogs and cats, resulting in the death of about 15 million pets each year.

  • Beware Common Core lite in S.C.

    On several recent occasions you may have heard pundits or public officials claim that South Carolina has gotten rid of Common Core.

    The implication is that the state has retaken power from the federal government over education policy. There’s some truth in that, and it’s certainly encouraging to see some state officials moving in that direction, but to claim South Carolina has regained sovereignty over its academic standards would be – unfortunately – far from the truth.

  • Director: ‘destroyed’ letter not related to new media policy

    Nearly eight months after a “destroyed” State Ethics Commission letter was provided to The Nerve, the longtime director of the state ethics-watchdog agency still won’t explain how the letter exists despite his earlier statements to the contrary.

    But in a written response July 18 to The Nerve, Herb Hayden said a pending lawsuit against him and the Ethics Commission in connection with the letter in question has nothing to do with a new media policy announced at a recent commission meeting.

  • Creative school fundraiser? Let parents give directly to schools

    A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

    As reported by The State newspaper recently, The Smart Snacks in Schools program creates a dilemma: how will schools raise private dollars if they can no longer sell snack foods?

    How creative would it be simply to stop selling?

  • Inaction council impacts our local pets

    I have been reading and watching Lancaster County Council’s 1-cent tax debacle and all I can say is it is a fiasco from start to finish.

    It seems the county is playing “Johnny come lately,” as is their usual mode of operation. Wait until the problem is so severe that only a rushed-through agenda with a poorly thought-out plan is their only way out.

  • Mattamy withdraws Treetops application

    Mattamy Homes has withdrawn its application to build a 900-home subdivision on the former Treetops property in northern Van Wyck. The project will not be built.

    The decision was conveyed to Lancaster County in a letter signed by Tom Kutz, Mattamy vice president of land acquisition and development, dated July 14, although the fact did not become widely known until last week.

    Lancaster County Council is expected to remove the pending ordinances from the table and vote them down at some point to clean up the council agenda.