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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: McKenzie has education, experience

    I confidently recommend Dr. Paul McKenzie for mayor of Lancaster. Since relocating to Lancaster, Paul has served our community on numerous boards in support of a wide range of health, safety, education and social service initiatives. I can think of no one who has been more involved in seeking to improve the lives of his fellow citizens.
    Dr. McKenzie’s education and experience make him uniquely qualified to lead Lancaster. If you want to see honest people lead our city, please join me in supporting him.

    Alfred Ferguson
    Lancaster

  • Letter: McKenzie’s many accomplishments

    Our city is facing a number of future challenges including crime, aging infrastructure and the Environmental Protection Agency mandate to address the wastewater collection system, all of which represent significant financial challenges to our city council.

  • Column: This election, let’s finally pick a leader

    I am reminded of a story about Capt. William Swenson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on Sept. 8, 2009.  
    On that day, American and Afghan troops were making their way through a part of Afghanistan to help protect a group of government/Afghan officials, who would be meeting with local village elders. They came under ambush, and were surrounded on three sides.

  • Column: Registering journalists a laughable proposal

    I had more fun responding to inquiries about S.C. Rep. Mike Pitts’ journalist-registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press.
    A client called and asked what the response to the bill should be. I responded, “laughter.”
    Unfortunately, many news organizations groaned and harrumphed like the sea lions on the beach in front of William Randolph Hearst’s castle in California. A reaction I suspect Pitts desired.

  • Letter: Dr. Paul McKenzie: A Man of Integrity

    Webster describes integrity as “soundness of moral character.”
    A person with integrity knows what is important and consistently lives in light of what is important to him and those around him. I’ve tried living by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most powerful speech ever.
    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

  • Letter: Sen. Tim Scott marks Black History Month

    Each February, our nation takes time to recognize the contributions of African Americans to our great country.
    Black History Month allows each of us an opportunity to learn the stories of so many African Americans who sacrificed so much to contribute to that history – our shared history.  From slavery to freedom, and from segregation to full integration, and now from access to success in every part of our society, it is vital that people hear that beauty and that struggle.  

  • Melissa Prince: The chamber’s ambassador

    Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Janice Dabney honoring Melissa Prince, vice president of corporate communications for INSP Television Network, as  the Lancaster chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

    It is with great pleasure that I present to you the Lancaster County chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

  • Returning to greatness requires thicker skin than we’re displaying

    “One of the first signs that a ‘society’ is beginning to decline, is the inability of its citizens to cope.” (Anonymous)
    Can anyone see a parallel to that quote in what is happening throughout our nation and the world today?
    As political correctness becomes the norm, we see more and more people becoming upset and offended by mere words. To me that is a perfect example of our society losing its ability to cope.