Today's Opinions

  • Help us celebrate Red Rose Festival

    The inaugural Red Rose Festival is just days away. It will be May 7 and 8 and span three blocks in Main Street in downtown Lancaster – from Dunlap to Arch streets.

    The festival will be like most street festivals. There will be children’s games, live music and food. See Lancaster SC, the city’s marketing arm, is organizing the event. The goal of the festival is to foster community pride and to grow over the years into a signature event – Lancaster’s signature festival.

  • Local elected Democrats are our neighbors, friends

    As chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party, I am compelled to respond to The Lancaster News’ editorial, “Are Local Republicans Taking Over,” that appeared in the Sunday, April 18, edition. The answer to your question is no.

    This is not merely a knee-jerk partisan reaction, but based on facts. In Lancaster County, every countywide office is held by a Democrat. All but one County Council seat – Council District  No. 1 – is held by a Democrat.

  • Mother finds strength, faith

    Cora Jane Caston Wallace always wanted to be a writer. But that was not an option for her. In fact, she had to quit school because her parents needed her at home. The day her mother said she wasn’t going back to school, Wallace cried all night.

    Wallace later went to work for Springs Industries. She married Monroe Wallace and they had four children. Their youngest child, Suzanne, was diagnosed at an early age with a rare condition called congenital pseudoarthrosis.

  • Postal carrier did not pick up bag of food

    I am so disappointed in the mail carrier in my neighborhood.

    I read in The Lancaster News that postal carriers were collecting food for those who need it. I made the effort to get out and buy the food and get up early enough to put it at the mailbox for them to collect it.

  • Festivals, fun aplenty right here

    You can’t say there is nothing to do around here. Take a look at the calendar and you’ll see fun happenings in and near Lancaster County this weekend.

    For starters, there is the 31st annual Kershaw Spring-A-Thon that got under way yesterday. It continues today and Saturday with a full lineup of activities and entertainment.

    Today at 6:30 p.m., The Embers will be playing live on Main Street. If you love beach music, fun people and shagging (Carolina style) you are in for a treat.

  • Our census response better this time around

    Lancaster County, we’ve done well. As of Thursday, the county’s participation rate in the 2010 Census was 79 percent. That put Lancaster County tied with neighboring York County as the counties in South Carolina with the best census response in 2010.

    South Carolina as a whole has done a good job responding to the census. The state’s most-recent participation rate was listed by the U.S. Census Bureau as 73 percent, one point above the national average.

  • Business owner grateful to police chief, officers

    My name is Gloria Wylie and I have been the property manager for Miller Grove Apartments located at 2017 Miller St. for the last two years.

    I was previously a property manager for the city of Atlanta for 15 years. In all my years in this business, I have never met a police chief more dedicated than Hugh White. When I first took this property Chief White met with the owners of my company and me.

    At that time we discussed the crime in the area and specifically on the property. We shared numerous concerns as to the amount of police presence we were receiving.

  • Campaign season now in full swing

    The season is upon us. Baseball? Well yes, but the traditional opening pitch has been thrown, and there’s a connection to our subject here since President Barack Obama tossed out the first pitch for Major League Baseball when the Nationals battled the NL champion Phillies on April 5 in Washington.

    Racing? Try again, because the wheels of a new motor sports campaign have been rolling on NASCAR, and even at our own Lancaster Motor Speedway.

    Folks, we’re talking politics, where the major mascots are the Republican elephant and Democratic donkey.