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  • Vote yes to Sunday alcohol sales

    On Nov. 6, you can change Lancaster County by saying yes to more business, yes to more jobs and yes to a better quality of life for all Lancaster residents. A referendum to allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages on Sunday will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. This effort is being organized by the Citizens and Business for Lancaster County committee.
    This month, you will notice campaign signs around the county, which will simply say “Vote Yes – Citizens & Business for Lancaster County.” A yes vote can help Lancaster County in many ways:

  • As news disseminators, we newspapers still do deliver

    As a teenager in Pennsylvania, I delivered The Morning Call and The Evening Chronicle to customers in a suburb of Allentown. On rainy days, I’d try to make sure the paper stayed dry inside the screen door. Now, I get The State and the New York Times delivered to my driveway in plastic bags, though the Times delivery is erratic. I can, of course, also read the Times on my iPhone, iPad and desktop computer.
    As disseminators of news, we still deliver. True, some choose to call us “content providers,” as though news were an anachronistic four-letter word.

  • ‘Great tie debate’ of 2012 rages on

    Heeding Proverbs 17:28, I’ve been keeping my thoughts to myself about the upcoming presidential race.
    The notion that “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues,” is pretty sound advice.
    But I’ve finally had enough. No, it’s not soliciting phone calls, mass mailings, polls or a daily bombardment of e-mails that have me at the breaking point.

  • Driving force

    I am a teenager. I stay up too late; I wake up too late. I get emotional. I don’t want my parents circling me like hawks, and I definitely don’t want them to try to tell me what to do, especially behind the wheel. However, now that students are back into the school routine, it’s time for everyone to pay attention to teen safety on the road.

  • Ethics Cojones 101 – the people, politicians, press

    Our state is on the front end of what should be a huge fight about ethics reform.
    To say this fight is important to the future of our state is like saying an oasis is important to a man in the desert. Our duty, as citizens with a huge stake in the outcome of this contest, will be to ensure that the reform we wind up with this time isn’t just another political mirage. And that’s going to take what one well-respected South Carolinian recently called cojones.

  • On the Ballot

    Following are the contested races in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election
    Lancaster County Sheriff
    u Barry Faile (D-i)
    u Scott Case (R)
    Lancaster City Council
    (non-partisan)
    * District 3
    u Linda
         Blackmon-Brace (i)
    u Jackie Harris
    * District 4
    u Tamara Green
        Garris (i)
    u Jean S. Cureton
    Lancaster County Council
    * District 5
    u Kathy Sistare (D-i)
    u Steve Harper (R)
    Statehouse

  • Voting not only a right; it’s your duty as a citizen

    In a matter of weeks, voters have to make some important choices. Who will lead our nation? Who will represent us in Congress? Who will be our new state legislator?
    Locally, voters will choose a sheriff, a County Council member and two City Council members.

  • New law compromises health care for everyone

    For the past 20 years, I have worked in the health-care field in one capacity or another, including the insurance side, the managed care side, the provider side and now the financial side. I have an inside idea how the new law will impact physicians, hospitals and patients.
    The law will require states to basically accept everyone under the Medicaid program. On the surface, I think we can all agree that sounds great – everyone is covered and no one is without insurance.

  • Why roads are crumbling and what can be done

    South Carolina used to be known as the “good roads state.” That’s no longer so. Most people recognize this, but perhaps not the reasons why.

  • Program helps seniors living in long-term facilities

    A few months ago, a bank contacted a local area agency on aging to speak to an ombudsman regarding a customer’s overdrawn checking account. After looking into the situation, it soon became evident that a staff member from a long-term care facility had befriended a resident who had vision and hearing difficulties.