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Today's Opinions

  • Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

    A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description.

    USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for first-class and periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

    It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town mail is suffering.

  • Noble twisted facts to defend Obama

    This is my first letter of the new year and my New Year’s wish didn’t come true. I wished that all liberals would be sent to an island up near Greenland, where they could sit around a campfire and blame former President George W. Bush for all that is wrong in their lives. Well, maybe next year.

  • Hebdo murders remind us that free speech isn’t cheap

    Journalists did not need the atrocity of the attack on Charlie Hebdo in Paris to know that ours is a risky business. But it has made the rest of the world aware of the price of exercising free speech.

  • ‘Child of the soil’ rescues baby buzzards

    I have a friend, Betty Jean. I have told her many times that she is a “child of the soil.” This means she a is a lover and caretaker of all flora and fauna. This past summer she took fauna farther than even I calculated, which I very much do admire.

  • Watch those property tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and looking forward to a busy 2015, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon. All residential property taxes are due in our office by Thursday, Jan. 15 – and the late penalties can be costly – so please don’t be late.

    Those homeowners whose tax payments are postmarked after Jan. 15 will have a 3 percent penalty assessed. This penalty will rise to 10 percent after Feb. 1, and to 15 percent after March 16.

  • Hadicol, spaceships rock small world in the 1950s

    As a small boy in the 1950s, I lived in a very small world; and that world was ruled by people twice my size. Other than the farm, I knew Kershaw, Heath Springs; and I went to Lancaster once to see a tooth doctor. That’s a whole nother story. The best thing about Lancaster was Macs Hamburgers on Main.

  • Keep the city pool open

    When are we going to start putting our children first? I was forced to ponder this question when I was informed that Lancaster County Council voted not to jointly own the the city pool with the city of Lancaster.

    Closing the pool would affect numerous kids, including members of the recreation and the high school swim teams, and others who use the pool during the summer. It is disheartening that we can build a $33 million courthouse, but fail to invest in the future – our children.

  • City seeks to do away with annexation notification

    Are you a county resident who happens to receive water and sewer service from the city of Lancaster? If so, you probably remember that little agreement you had to sign that said if the city limits ever came up to your property line that you agreed to be automatically annexed into the city of Lancaster.