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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Sometimes change is a business necessity

    I have heard it all my life. Change is inevitable. Change is constant.
    Many changes have taken place at The Lancaster News during my 31 years at the paper. Most of them you never noticed. Like when we switched from manually pasting up pages to producing them on computers. Or when we installed one piece of state-of-the-art equipment that reduced our press start-up time, and another that increased our color capacity throughout the paper.

  • Column: Let’s not love S.C. rivers to death

    Recently, I was invited to speak to the Friends of the Edisto River and I met Hugo Krispyn, who lives on the headwaters of the North Fork of the Edisto. He wrote this about the dangers facing the Edisto and other S.C. rivers.

  • Column: Mayer a good coach

    Mike Mayer is an extremely good coach. 

    When I was growing up, my mother, who was always concerned with good morals and ethics, said, “Jimmy, if you cannot say anything good about a person, don’t say anything.” I am sorry that some of you did not have that kind of upbringing. So I am going to say only good things about coach Mike Mayer. But before I do, I want to ask two questions.

  • Letter: New Medicare benefit in 2017 helps Alzheimer’s patients plan care

    November is National Family Caregivers Month. This is important to me because every day I see individuals and families whose lives have been completely turned upside down by Alzheimer’s disease.

    As a member of the S.C. Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors and the owner of a home-care organization serving Lancaster, York and Chester counties, I have the opportunity to assist families in navigating through this horrible disease, but more help is needed.

  • Letter: NAMI mental health support groups are expanding into Lancaster County

    It is with great pride that we announce that new mental health support groups are expanding into Lancaster County. 

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the largest grass-roots mental health organization in the nation. NAMI chapters like Piedmont Tri-County train volunteers in Lancaster, Chester and York counties to lead confidential support groups for individuals and families affected by mental illness.

  • Letter: Hey doc, where’d you get fat mirror?

    Hmmmm. When did I first notice this?

    I think it was last year, when I went to see my eye doctor, Malcolm Edwards. I was put in a room and looked in front of me. There was a mirror that took up the whole wall. 

    Well, I laughed as Dr. Edwards came in and – me being me – I asked him: “Where did you get that mirror that makes you look so fat?”

    He smiled and said, “You’re looking at yourself. That’s not a funny mirror, Myra.”

  • Column: Believers can maintain hope in trials

    The account of John the Baptist’s birth in Luke 1 gives hope to believers in Christ who experience trials.

    Zacharias and Elizabeth were an elderly Jewish couple from a small rural town in Judah. They believed in God and lived a godly life. Zachariah was a priest, and his wife came from a priestly family.

  • Column: Yearning for old Christmas spirit

    Christmas is supposed to be about Christ and spending time with family, not stressing about how the Christmas tree is not so perfect and how everything needs to be just right on the tree or all of the decorations throughout the house.
    It makes me sad when there are so many people stressing over what to get someone.