• Congress must do what it is supposed to do

    What has our country come to? Federal shutdowns are happening too often. Our soldiers should always get their benefits.
    They put their lives at risk to protect our country. Their families should not be denied death benefits. This is outrageous.
    The elderly and disabled should not have to worry if we will get our checks or not.
    Congress and the president were elected to run this country. And that’s what they should do. We – the citizens – expect you to do your job. If not, then you should not be in office.

  • Reader disappointed by Mulvaney’s budget vote

    I was saddened, disappointed and frustrated to learn that my congressional representative, Mick Mulvaney, voted against the budget continuation and debt limit.
    Actually, what he voted against was reopening the federal government that enables benefits to be continued to veterans, senior citizens and the poorest among us.
    He voted against continuing our progress out of the recent recession.

  • Open letter about gun range near new IL school

    I recently read an article in The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway about a gun range being given a permit to open less than one mile from the soon-to-be-open new elementary school in Indian Land.
    I could not help but disagree with this decision on so many levels.
    First, does it make sense to have guns anywhere near a school with what has transpired recently regarding schools and guns? Painting a broad brush on guns is not my intention by mentioning this. I’m merely saying guns and schools don’t mix.

  • Common Ground for all Christians

    After 38 years of ministry in Lancaster, I would like to take an opportunity to thank all those who have helped make Lancaster a better place.
    After two years pastoring Wade and Waxhaw Presbyterian churches, which I really enjoyed, the Lord led me to form the Church of Lancaster. From there, we formed the Living Water Christian Bookstore and Christian Services. Christian Services helps ministry, and numerous youth ministries including the 180 Center, Lancaster Christian School, Day Star Youth Camp and summer camps.

  • 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.