• Open letter to library director

    Dear Ms. Vogel, 
    Let me begin by thanking Del Webb Library for making the meeting room available after hours these past few years. That is why  I was shocked and disappointed with your decision to drastically limit the evening hours.
    Many of our well-respected civic organizations have relied on meeting there in the evenings, and I believe your decision could very likely  have a negative impact on the entire community.   Gathering during daytime hours is just not an option, since so many work during the day.

  • Fatherhood Project is making a difference

    Editor’s note: On occasions, the Lancaster Fatherhood Project will spotlight successful participants in its program. Today’s spotlight is Chris Clinton.
    Christopher Clinton voluntarily came to the Lancaster Fatherhood Project program. Clinton is a 49-year-old with two adult daughters and a 7-year-old daughter. He wanted to find employment and learn parenting skills.

  • There really are angels among us

    On Saturday, Sept. 28, I did some grocery shopping at Aldi Grocery Store. I went to the check-out to pay for my groceries and was told my debit card was rejected. I was very shocked and couldn’t think of a single reason why it would be.
    I offered to pay by check, but was told “we don’t take checks.” I couldn’t go to the ATM to get cash because my card was being rejected.
    So, I said to the cashier that I needed to cancel the order and when I got the problem solved I would be back to buy groceries.

  • New library director gets off to bad start

    Rita Vogel, the new library director for Lancaster County, has been in this position since June and has already disgruntled some major groups and organizations.
    Vogel said she was “shocked” to learn outside groups were using the Del Webb and Lancaster County libraries after the libraries were closed.
    She called it “extremely rare” among most libraries and said it makes no sense to have a public building open when there are no library personnel working.

  • Voter ID is not racist

    In one of his many articles, Phil Nobles says that President Barack Obama “brilliantly summarized the Democratic criticism of the Republican position on both voter ID and gun control in one phrase.
    But a great democracy does not make it harder to vote than buy an assault weapon.”
    We are a Republic, not a democracy. Democracies are mob-rule, something our Founding Fathers didn’t want.
    As to the voter ID, the left loves dead voters, illegal immigrants, non-state resident voters and those multiple-casting voters.

  • Protect your family, yourself from fires

    On Dec. 21, 2012, I received a call from my brother, William Brevard, informing me that our brother Ernest James Robinson’s home was on fire and they could not get into the home or find him.
    Those were the most devastating and painful words I have ever heard in my life.
    The loss of a loved one is painful no matter what the cause of death. However, losing a loved one because of a fire carries extreme pain that I would never be able to describe because most fires can be prevented.

  • Barking dogs make as much noise as roosters

    Mark Griffith recently made a request to City Council to allow four chickens with a coop enclosure per household in the city limits. But no roosters were allowed due to the noise problems.
    I live in the city limits and I have to listen to three dogs barking across my street from morning until night and nothing can be done about this.
    So, bring on the roosters that crow a few times a day. I would rather have a rooster crow a few times in one day than dogs barking all day, anytime. Maybe we should make the dogs get a permit.

  • What would King advocate today?

    The 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s March on Washington was observed with marches, speeches and speculation on what causes Dr. King would embrace today.
    He would certainly continue to work for racial equality. But he would also likely advocate for a rapid withdrawal from Afghanistan, workers’ rights, gay rights and animal rights.

  • Woman proud of Mickles

    I know parents and mother-in-laws – me – are proud of their children’s accomplishments and promotions. Such is the case with my daughter-in-law Keisha Mickles, who is the new principal at North Elementary School.
    I’m very proud of her and how hard she has worked to get this far.

    Teresa Massey


  • Deployed soldier meets Mulvaney

    I am a 23-year-old U.S. soldier born and raised in Lancaster. I am deployed in Kuwait and would like to share what it was like to meet U.S. Congressman Mick Mulvaney on Oct 23.
    It was a great experience to have a talk with the congressman, receiving words of wisdom and also finding out we’re from the same county. I’ve been deployed out of Fort Carson, Colo., for eight months and am scheduled to come home shortly.