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Letters

  • Choose your candidate based on performance

    Mary Reid, who wrote the letter, “Ability to vote is a privilege,” in the Sept. 23 edition of The Lancaster News, is correct in saying that we should vote. She tries to blame the problems on former President George W. Bush. When Democrats took over full control of Congress in January 2007, unemployment was 4.6 percent and the debt just over $6 trillion.
    Within a year, both numbers escalated rapidly and have worsened ever since, including the subprime mortgage meltdown and resulting foreclosures.

  • Van Wyck festival an enjoyable event

    The spirit of Van Wyck was evident at the annual Celebrate Van Wyck Festival, held recently in that beautiful corner of the county.
    The two pictures in the Sept. 30 edition of The Lancaster News were just examples of the variety of activities for children. As our cars were being parked by the state guard based in Lancaster, my sister and I could see the children at play and hear their laughter, and the music of Lebo Blackmon  and the Soul Reviers.

  • Catoe defends her facts

    I would like to briefly respond to Linda Adam’s Sept. 26 letter, “Newspaper should check facts in Catoe’s column,” about my Sept. 19 guest column, “New law compromises health care for everyone,” regarding the Affordable Care Act.
    Ms. Adams, with all due respect, you “debunked” my facts by using the IRS website. We all know how the IRS has our best interest at heart.

  • What would ancestors think of those who sell their votes?

    When you sell your vote you sell your dignity. We have to remember the generations before us who fought so hard just for the right to vote and have our votes be counted.
    And today, we are hearing that people in our neighborhoods are selling that hard-fought right for pocket change. What would our ancestors think?
    What would our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers – who braved lynchings, dogs and Jim Crowe tactics – think if they saw us today? Would you trade your vote for a mere $20? We are told that there are those among us who do.

  • Abortion not the same as other medical practices

    Vicki Campbell’s letter, “Religious beliefs have no place in political views,” in the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News was a blow to me as a Christian. Shame on you. As I understand the Bible, God declares that he forms a baby in the womb, (Jeremiah 1:5.) Psalm 139:13 says “For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” That’s what separates abortion from other medical practices.

  • Accident victim grateful for help from stranger

    n Sunday, Sept. 23, I had an accident at the intersection of S.C. 200 and Shiloh Unity Road. I was driving with my 11-year-old daughter, 3-year-old son and 14-year-old nephew. The accident was clearly my fault, but thank goodness no one was hurt.

  • No need to bring up past mistakes

    In the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News there was a story about Andrual Ross being charged in a shooting at the Waffle House.
    There was another story, “Shooting suspect out on bond,” where Ross was out on bond after he and five other people were arrested on several drug charges during a drug raid last year.
    Why is it important to mention the names of those other people who were charged in that raid? Two of those people charged are no longer on Earth.

  • Meet you at the pole a moving experience

    Meet you at the pole on Wednesday at Buford Middle School was a moving and humbling time. I, a deacon at Second Baptist Church, was humbled and proud of our students at the pole. The presence of the students, parents and staff warmed my heart knowing that we, as faith leaders, are teaching the next generation to love God, love people and live the mission of Christ.

  • Enough is enough

    Some of our Lancaster County Council members kicked the new proposed B3 zoning plan under the table, even lifted the B3 moratorium before it expired, then fired the head of the county planning department. If the plan would have been approved, we would only have gas stations located on corners instead of everywhere and anywhere.
    Now, we may have five gas stations within one mile. The latest, Quick Mart, if all the hurdles are cleared, would be built on the location where Young’s Nursery sits.

  • Black gum tree not in the dogwood family

    As I was looking at the Sept. 21 edition of The Lancaster News, a sentence in Joanna Angle’s “Tree Talk” article on the black gum jumped out at me: “A member of the dogwood family, nyssa sylvatica is also commonly called black tupelo....”
    While it is true that nyssa sylvatica or black gum is also called black tupelo; it is not in the dogwood family, but in the nyssaceae, or tupelo family.
    Trees in the family cornaceae compose the dogwood family, which contains our common local dogwood, flowering dogwood or cornus florida.