• Letter: Thanks and congrats to Linda Blackmon

    I would just like to speak out for a beautiful, kind lady who has done a lot for the citizens of Lancaster.
    Her name is Linda Blackmon. I would like to thank her. She used to own the house next door to me on 14th Street.
    Thank you, Linda, and congratulations on winning the city council election. God bless.

    Carl M. Miles

  • Letter: Response to column constructive, civilized

    I would like to sincerely thank Diane Notheisen for her wonderfully thoughtful and detailed response to my guest column of Nov 2.

    This is exactly the kind of constructive civil discourse I was hoping to elicit. I look forward to developing an ongoing dialog to reach common-ground agreement.

    Keith T. Grey Sr.


  • Letter: Need help with tax bills? Call us

    Lancaster County homeowners should have received their tax bills, which must be paid by Jan. 17, 2017, to avoid penalties.
    If you have not received your tax bill, please contact our office. We will help locate your bill and make sure we have the correct address on file for you.
    If your tax bill is in escrow, the original bill is mailed to the taxpayer. The mortgage company will gather their information electronically from us. To make sure proper payment is made, you can forward the mortgage company your bill.

  • Letter: Ex-downtown business owner thanks ‘village’ of supporters

    As many of you know, I have made the difficult decision to move my flower shop from Main Street in downtown Lancaster over the past few weeks.

    When I tell you difficult, yes it was that! My little Main Street corner location was a great start for my business. From the beginning stages of exploring the idea, my great friend and longtime Realtor colleague Joni Plyler found the spot for me, and the vision immediately took shape. The responses and support from Lancaster have been overwhelming over the last three years.

  • Letter: Post 31 thanks everyone for making vets’ event a success

    We would like to thank all the good people who made the Veterans Day ceremony and parade on Nov. 5 such a success.

    First, Robin Ghent and her staff at the veteran affairs office, for a well-organized program. Then Mandy Norrell for a great speech, and all the Vietnam vets who were there to receive the honor they deserved.

  • Letter: A fitting time for poem on promises

    In most elections, we choose the candidate we believe will be the most reliable, talented president for the next four years. But this year, the ethics records of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump read like a who-done-it fiction novel.
    Both promise to deliver the best health care and the best employment opportunities. Trump promises a fence, and Clinton promises that every e-mail she has ever sent is perfectly above board.
    I wrote a poem called “Presidential Promises” years ago. It seems to fit like a glove this time around:

  • Letter: Who decides what rights are universal?

    In his guest column, Keith T. Grey Sr. said, “We want all nations to uphold universal human rights.” But he does not say whose idea of human rights should be universal.
    Would he enjoy the human rights of pre-war Japan, or the Buddhist’s idea of human rights? If he chooses the Muslim idea of human rights, would he select the Shia, Sunni or Wahhabi idea of universal human rights? He could also choose the Pakistani or Yemeni idea of human rights.

  • Letter: Faile’s litter efforts greatly appreciated

    Lancaster residents should be proud of our sheriff. Barry Faile has been very aggressive with litter cleanup, and has created the Lancaster County Litter Program. The program is currently supervised by an inmate supervisor.
    The people of Lancaster would not believe all of the trash, including old tires and old television sets, that people put on our roadsides. The trash, dirty diapers, dead animals and furniture end up in our county creeks. Lancaster County citizens could be a big help to our law enforcement officers if they will report any unlawful dumping.

  • Letter: McCoy’s proposals for schools criticized

    The Democratic candidate for sheriff has suggested two calls to action related to drug use in the community.
    First, William McCoy has consistently called for implementation of substance abuse prevention programs in local schools. Had he taken time to study the issue, he would have found that the Coalition for Healthy Youth, a group of 40 public, private, civic and faith-based entities, have worked together for almost 20 years, and have assisted with implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in every school in the district.

  • Letter: Democrats should flip sides, vote Faile

    In the spirit of the journalism adage “never bury the lead,” I’ll get right to the point and encourage every registered voter in Lancaster County to re-elect Sheriff Barry Faile.
    The position of sheriff should not be a partisan office, but it is. And Sheriff Faile is a Republican. I implore Democrats to refrain from voting a straight party ticket, and instead “cross over the aisle” to elect only the individual with the qualifications, vision and leadership necessary to maintain public safety in our community.