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Letters

  • Letter: Why Paul McKenzie is running for mayor

    Although my husband, Dr. Paul McKenzie, has lived and worked in Lancaster for almost 20 years, having served on over 20 boards or advisory groups, appeared before city and county council on numerous occasions, presented at all three Rotary groups, and spoken at countless churches, parent groups and forums, I realize there may be some in our community who may not be familiar with his work.

  • Letter: Mayoral endorsement from Charlotte Shaw

    Editor’s note: Lancaster voters will choose a mayor Tuesday to fill the unexpired term of Joe Shaw, who died Nov. 29. This letter is from his widow, Charlotte.
    Once again I find myself urging you to vote, but this time the candidate for mayor of Lancaster won’t be my husband. This time the candidate I’m supporting is John Howard. I urge you to vote for him.

  • Letter: GOP hypocritical on Scalia successor

    Republicans say time and time again that the Constitution is their Bible. They went after President Obama for his executive orders, which they say violate the Constitution but that other presidents before him used. They criticized his gun control efforts, saying these violate the people’s constitutional right to bear arms.

  • Letter: Howard prepared to serve on day 1

    I have known John Howard since before I joined the Lancaster Police Department in 1973. In all those years I found him to be a steadfast supporter of the police department.
     In fact, in the early years he even rode with me on patrol to get an idea of the challenges we faced.
    After 25 years, I retired and John was instrumental in helping me with my second career at Kanawha Insurance. I have watched him proudly serve the citizens of Lancaster as a city councilman and often as mayor pro tem.

  • Letter: Elder shouldn’t wait to help solve crimes

    At the mayoral candidate forum held Thursday Feb. 11, candidate Anthony Elder addressed gang violence, saying he came out of the street life himself and had earned the respect of troubled youth in the community.
    His words were: “They look up to me. I have a team in the street. They know everything, and those crimes will be solved in 24 hours.”
    I assume that meant if he is elected mayor. If he can do this, why doesn’t he get his team to solve those crimes now? I am sure the police would appreciate the information he claims he can provide.

  • Letter: Howard committed to community

    I am writing to recommend John Howard as the next mayor of the city of Lancaster. He has served 34 years as a member of city council. I submit John has earned your enthusiastic support as a result of his enduring commitment to the welfare of this fine community.
    From 1983 to 1994, I served as planning director and deputy administrator for Lancaster County. Thereafter, and until my retirement in 2009, I held the positions of city  administrator and finance director – a period of some 15 years.

  • Letter: Glad to see Bub Faile back on opinion page

    It’s been too long since we have heard from Bub Faile down in Kershaw. His Feb. 10 letter, “County council’s endless ideas for spending money,” tells it like it is.
    Mr. Faile questions the spending of tax dollars for stuff which ought to be carefully looked at. Yes, that convenience site in Camelot does seem a bit overboard from the ones us common folk have. And $300,000 for a county engineer makes me wonder how much more will the train cost.

  • Letter: John Howard is trustworthy, a good steward of our money

    As a kid, I listened to John Howard when he was a DJ, and I’d call from time to time and request a song. As an adult, I’m still listening to him.
    A man’s word is his bond, and believe me you can take John Howard’s word to the bank. He might not always tell you what you want to hear, but he will always tell you the truth, and in the long run he’s usually right.

  • Letter: Howard excels as financial steward

    I am not a city resident but was a city employee for many years and retired as a department head. The city of Lancaster has fared much better than cities of similar size under the sound fiscal management of Joe Shaw and John Howard.

  • Letter: Hillary versus her GOP rivals

    This a response to Dr. L. Brooks Walker’s Feb. 7 guest column, which called Hillary Clinton a failure as secretary of state.
    Let’s just look at the latest three top Republican hopefuls for president. What’s their claim to fame? Sen. Ted Cruz, chiefly responsible for the 2013 government shutdown. Donald Trump, an insulting self-promoter. And Sen. Marco Rubio, someone who cannot even balance his own checkbook.
    You may not like Hillary, but there are far worse choices here. Let the voters decide.

    Michael Jedson