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Columns

  • IL Fire Protection District is really a $350,000 tax increase

    Let me begin by expressing my enormous respect for volunteer fire departments and the people who man them.
    Firefighting is, by its nature, a  part-time occupation in that the amount of time spent actually fighting fires is far less than full time and there is a limit to how much time can be spent on equipment maintenance and training. The people who volunteer their time to serve as firefighters deserve our utmost respect and support.

  • A Thanksgiving Day cooking fiasco to forget

    Ah yes, Thanksgiving Day is here and for many of us it will be our annual rite of family, football and daylong feasting.

  • Democrats lost sight of people they serve

    Why were the Democrats defeated? And make no mistake about it – this wasn’t a win for Republicans; this election was an anti-Democrat vote.
    The Republicans only prevailed because the various tea party movements didn’t coalesce into a third party. If they had, the Republicans would not be enjoying their new-found majority.

  • Our emergency managers talk-the-talk, walk-the-walk

    It is vividly sun-drenched and a swelteringly warm afternoon in the crowded San Antonio, Texas, hamlet called the River Walk, as Air Force blue suits and civilian counterparts, including myself, casually walked around the halls of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
    Air Force Emergency Management experts recently joined about 2,500 others, representing the best military and civilians from around the world, at the 58th International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) conference.

  • Brice's made impact – on and off the field

    The recent retirement of Will Brice’s No. 10 jersey at the University of Virginia drew a host of local folks, family and friends, to the special occasion at halftime of the Cavaliers’ ACC clash with the University of Miami.
    Much like news of Will’s honor, that came as no surprise. When I first heard of the honor, some folks, who were unable to attend in body, I know were there in spirit.
    Those three special folks are Will’s father, the late Laurie Brice, and his maternal grandparents, Brown and Sue Wylie.

  • Veterans Day tribute to 'Ol' Harry' Slagle

    It isn’t often that someone would purposely pay tribute to a man most thought of as “just an alcoholic.” But that is precisely what I have chosen to do.
    Harry Slagle lived in a non-pretentious place called Slagle’s Happy Acres, identified by a small wooden sign hung nearby. It was little more than an old, pale green, single-room, cinder-block building, which sat off the gravel road a couple hundred yards or so from the old wooden Doby’s Bridge.

  • We learned some lessons this election

    First, let me say thank you to the people who worked the polls on Tuesday.  We had more than 160 people who went through the training and were there from 6 a.m. to after 8 p.m., with several staying almost to 10 p.m.
    We have a group of dedicated public servants working with us on election day who catch a lot of heat for long lines and slow machines that they have absolutely no control over. But I had no complaints about anyone who was not treated with the utmost care. For that I say thank you.

  • Crawford shows true kindness, generosity

    Betty Broome’s article about Shawn Crawford being honored by Clemson University was very interesting. Crawford deserved his recognition as a great athlete and a kind, caring, down-to-earth individual.
    Especially since he is a resident from Lancaster County’s Van Wyck community. Very few residents from Lancaster County have ever had this honor bestowed upon them.

  • Lancaster County long overdue for courthouse

    In 1771, President George Washington spent two nights in Lancaster in the home of James Ingram.  That home was also Lancaster’s very first courthouse.
    The second courthouse was built in 1828 on Main Street. This courthouse sported a basement, first floor and second floor.
    This courthouse served 180 years. The latter years beyond its suitability to serve and there was no funds with which to build a new, adequate courthouse.

  • Red Ventures incentives haven’t created local jobs

    I would like to respond to the article, “Red Ventures not hiring locals?,” in the Aug. 20 edition of The Lancaster News. The article mentioned that Red Ventures’ move would bring 1,000 new jobs to the Lancaster area. And now, one year later, with the countywide unemployment rate still about 15 percent, we learn that only 27 jobs have been awarded to local residents.