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Columns

  • We need to fix Social Security

    Amid all the news today, one story has been completely forgotten.

    This story was once one of the hottest topics in politics and around the dinner table, but now it has vanished unless you are a senior citizen who is working yourself to the point of death every day.

    The topic is, of course, Social Security. Ever since President Bill Clinton quietly began to move up retirement benefit dates, I have watched as more and more people go about their lives, oblivious to the crime they are victims of.

  • ‘Ugly Americans’ should stay home

    Has anyone ever seen a movie or read a book in which the main character has either said or done something so stupid, ridiculous or arrogant that you actually lose your temper and want to reach out and throttle him/her?

    This doesn’t usually happen to me, but recently I read a novel of pure fiction, written by one of the world’s leading authors (no names or titles will be given) whose premise was so stupid that I almost put the book down, unfinished.

  • Right-to-work status not so solid
  • The politics of spite in S.C.

    Let’s get this out of the way at the top: I’m a Democrat and, as such, I hope that Democrats win elections and Republicans lose – locally, in South Carolina and nationally.

    So, of course, everything in this column needs to be filtered through that lens.

    Having said that, I believe that the basic thesis of this column is correct: Two South Carolina Republican candidates and their supporters are behaving spitefully and maybe, just maybe, they could be in the process of cutting off their noses to spite their faces.

  • Van Wyck has plan for future

    Lancaster County Councilman Brian Carnes (District 7) wrote a very interesting column in the Aug. 24 edition of The Lancaster News entitled “Lancaster needs a vision for its future.”

  • Cruisers honor Wounded Warrior Project

    On May 17, the Memory Lane Cruisers held their annual car show in conjunction with the Red Rose Festival held in downtown Lancaster. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the show. We had 44 cars and one motorcycle registered. This is the largest participation in several years.

  • Local voters have clear choice in solicitor’s race

    When it comes to prioritizing public safety, Lancaster County Republicans have worked hard to ensure our law enforcement and judicial needs are well-funded.

    Over the last two years, Lancaster County Council, with a Republican majority, has funded a number of new positions in the sheriff’s and solicitor’s offices.

    These will help work to ensure that Lancaster County doesn’t see the kind of rampant violence that is all too common just to the north of our county in Charlotte.

  • Earmark reform not just federal issue

    Your state will spend around $25 billion this year. That is a vast amount of money, but you know virtually nothing about what’s being spent, or why. That’s not because you’re uninformed or lazy. The state budget is designed to be as opaque, secretive and abstruse as possible.

  • Amid bad news, much good news to be found

    It was a tough week. First, there was the death of a young race car driver – a bizarre incident involving one of racing’s biggest stars. Days later, America mourned the loss of an actor and comedian beloved by many.

    Then, unrest in a small Missouri town where the fatal shooting of a teenager by a police officer prompted anger, protests, riots and looting.

  • Conference’s success due to our community support

    On behalf of the more than 40 nonprofit, law enforcement, and school district members of the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many partners who helped make the Seventh Prevention of Youth Substance Abuse in Rural Communities Conference such a success.

    Lancaster should be proud to host the only national conference that focuses on the unique challenges of working with youth from rural communities.