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Columns

  • Vote no to Sunday alcohol sales

    I am writing this letter to all the people who make up this little place on earth that we all love, Lancaster County.
    Suppose for a moment that your community selected a bulldog as a mascot. All the hard-working people paid taxes for the privilege of having the dog in the community. Some of the citizens argued that the dog should run loose in the-community because a number of them enjoyed the dog so much.

  • This is National Estate Planning Awareness Week

    In 2008, the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils (NAEPC) worked with Congress to pass a resolution proclaiming the third week in October as National Estate Planning Awareness Week.
    The resolution noted that “Many Americans are unaware that lack of estate planning and financial illiteracy may cause their assets to be disposed of to unintended parties by default through the complex process of probate.”

  • Sheriff candidates should debate

    It seems that our current political circus has captured our hearts and minds, as the old expression goes. It is both fitting and proper that we become preoccupied with the presidential race, since whoever occupies that ultimate seat of power assumes the most important political position on the planet.

  • Thomas a saint among us

    There was a twist of irony to the weekend following the death of Sam Thomas.
    Sam, who died late Thursday afternoon at Springs Memorial Hospital, would have had quite a time Saturday and Sunday.
    An avid sports fan, Sam likely would have been glued to the television following South Carolina’s solid 35-7 win over SEC rival Georgia in what many hailed as the biggest game in USC football history.

  • Scott Case is the change we need

    Ms. Beverly Lynch recently submitted an article where she says that this is the first time anyone can remember where we have a choice for Lancaster County sheriff.

  • 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.