• 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.

  • We’re losing our heroes every day

    I guess I am at the age when folks read the obits. In the Washington papers, there are usually photos of men and women who served in the military services during World War II. 
    It is especially interesting to note significant excerpts from their heroics, which as a child I followed on newspaper maps pinned to the back of our kitchen door.
    Rarely do these survivors of World War II comment on their participation, especially that stuff from which heroes are made.

  • Newspaper should check facts in Catoe’s column

    The Lancaster News should check facts before printing (columns). The guest column by Shannon Catoe, “New law compromises health care for everyone,” in the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News was full of inaccuracies and incomplete statements.
    Don’t use the excuse that it is on the opinion page. It is not listed as a letter to the editor, it is listed as a guest column.
    Here are a few of the inaccuracies or misinformation:
    1. 1.40 percent tax of high-benefit plans (this means you teachers)

  • Stop using the ‘A’ word

    I must respond to the letter written by Vicki Campbell, “Religious beliefs have no place in political views,” in the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Ms. Campbell, I beg to differ with your premise, but my purpose with this response is not to argue whether God and his people should just shut up when the government decides that killing children is OK.
    My purpose of this letter goes far beyond the foolish argument that Christians need to keep their moral beliefs separate from how our nation is governed.

  • Morals do matter

    In response to Vicki Campbell’s letter, “Religious beliefs have no place in political views,” in the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News, I will let the word (Bible) speak for me.
    Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as  prophet to the nations.”
    Psalm 139:13 – “For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

  • Harris will take a positive stand for all residents

    I am a Lancaster resident and I want to point out a few facts about the  two candidates running for the District 3 City Council seat – Jackie Harris and Linda Blackmon-Brace.
    The question of where Blackmon-Brace lives – Rose Lane or Arch Street – has been addressed in stories in this newspaper. There is no question where Harris lives. She lives on Springs Street. Harris is trustful.

  • Harris will make effective community leader

    Congratulations to city residents living in District 3. It was a pleasure to hear that Jackie Harris has decided to run for a City Council seat. She has the skills and talent to be an effective community leader.
    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jackie Harris for almost 20 years. Initially as a co-worker at the Lancaster Children’s Home, she’s continued to be a close friend. Whether we’re discussing a child’s case or a Sunday school lesson, the compassion and support are there.