• Fundraiser helps abused horses

    We would like to thank everyone who came out and donated to the Healing Horses fundraiser on Feb. 16 at Tractor Supply.
    Healing Horses is an organization that rescues and rehabilitates horses that are victims of trauma or abuse. The event was sponsored by Tractor Supply and Gypsysrun Farm & Stables of Lancaster.
    Tractor Supply donated a $25 gift card and Gerald Baskins donated a cedar birdhouse. We would like to thank them both for helping us with this cause. We raised $100 to help feed and take care of the horses in need.

  • Chief Howard deserves recognition

    I would like to praise and commend Police Chief Harlean Howard. She is a wonderful lady with a beautiful personality. Even though I don’t live in the city of Lancaster, I think she does a great job as police chief. During Black History Month, many people are honored for their contributions. Chief Howard should be recognized for hers.
    Thank you. Chief Howard, for your service to Lancaster.

    Carl Miles

  • Family appreciates show of support

    My wife, Rosa White Johnson, and I, Sammie Surrell Johnson, moved from Lancaster in 1966 to Summerville, near Charleston.
    We both retired from Charleston Air Force Base, but Lancaster will always be home for us. We both grew up in Lancaster, married and two of our three children were born in Lancaster.
    As her mother grew older and her quality of life deteriorated, my wife, being an only child, tried to come up at least twice monthly to make sure that her needs were being met. Other days, she called her on the phone.

  • Jackson, wife lived high life on others’ money

    Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has negotiated a plea deal with the government, in regards to his misuse of campaign funds.
    He’ll have to pay back money, about $100,000, and is supposed to do some jail time. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that, though.
    It seems he used the money to fill up his house with furniture, bought himself a $40,000 Rolex, and paid travel expenses for a woman he described as a “social acquaintance.” Does that social acquaintance have a pimp (or a financial director?)

  • Is Washington determined to close down postal service?

    Looks like folks in Washington are bound and determined to disband our postal service. It’s been working for more than 200 years in wars and all kinds of weather. Why, our politicians spend more money “investigating” than they do in “fixin’” stuff.
    There is talk about the pension for postal employees, which cannot be changed because of Congress. I guess it’s goodbye to home delivery of mail if we wait for Congress to fix the problem.

  • Officer Brown deserves recognition

    In honor of February’s Black History Month, I would like to pay tribute to one of Lancaster County’s first black sheriff’s deputies, Jimmy Brown. Brown was originally hired by former Sheriff Nae Parks.
    Brown deserves numerous accolades. He served Lancaster County with honesty and pride for his work. He also served under sheriff’s Williford Faile and Johnny Cauthen.
    Jimmy, I want to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Lancaster County.

    Carl Miles

  • Clinton blames others for Benghazi’s deaths

    If you didn’t tune in to watch the Senate questioning Secretary of Stare Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi attack, I can sum up the whole hearing in one word – diarrhea.
    By the amount of time the Democrats spent on reaping praise on Secretary Clinton you’d thought she’d cured cancer, brought peace to the Middle East and won American Idol.

  • Family impressed with Valvoline employees

    On Monday, Jan. 28, our family was saddened to have to bury an aunt, who had died on Jan. 25.
    The funeral was held at the chapel of Hartley-Burgess Funeral Home here in Lancaster. As the funeral procession left the funeral home on Charlotte Highway headed south on U.S. 521, we were amazed at the respect that was shown by a local business and its employees.
    The employees at Valvoline Express Care located at 1565 Charlotte Highway stopped what they were doing, removed their caps, stood outside in a line and bowed their heads.

  • Let’s keep our children safe

    Every school day, my daughter and I stand in the dark near the end of the driveway and watch her bus come to a stop on the opposite side of the road. We use the side of the circular driveway closest to the top of the hill to ensure cars coming up that hill can see the flashing lights on the bus (they can – I’ve stood over there to check). And, always, we look very carefully and wait very patiently for traffic to stop so we can cross the road.

  • ‘Bigger the better’ attitude has taken over

    I read Matthew Taylor’s column calling for a calm, healthy debate on gun control in the Jan. 30, 2013 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Weapons of war have no place on gun racks mounted on the back window of a pick-up or anywhere else for that matter.  Reminds me of the words on a huge Lancaster towing machine (aka wrecker) some years ago. “Don’t call a horse when a pony will do.” In other words, you don’t need a machine gun for rabbit hunting.