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Today's Opinions

  • Let's work together on crime prevention

    As sheriff of Lancaster County, I would like to discuss an issue very close to each of us - crime prevention. My office is committed to making our neighborhoods safer places to live.

    By doing so, we will improve the quality of life for individuals and families, both young and old. It is imperative that we seek progress to reduce the negative influences that crime has on our children and to help safeguard the elderly.

  • Writer proud of A.R. Rucker cheerleaders

    I would like to thank the A.R. Rucker Middle School cheerleaders for being just that - middle school cheerleaders. These girls consistently complement the athletic programs at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

    They strive to do what cheerleaders should, which is lead the crowd in support of the athletes competing. I am proud to know that the A.R. Rucker Middle School cheerleaders take their positions as leaders and role models seriously.

  • Social Web sites are part of culture

    Critics of social networking Web sites better get used it; they're here to stay. The youth are using them to keep in touch with one another.

    Telecommuters from HP are using them to connect with their development teams. Even military officers are using Facebook to organize their squadrons.

    Social networks are a part of a larger schema that is oft called Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is the catalyst for the culture clash between those who embrace these tools and those who are just fine with the conventional methods.

  • Dog breed regulations won’t work

    As a dog owner in this county, I oppose any County Council decision regulating dogs based on breed.

  • Band together in water wars

    We have asked a couple of times for our public bodies to do a little bit more to get involved in the effort to stop the interbasin transfer.

    The state of North Carolina approved a request from two of its towns, Concord and Kannapolis, to withdraw up to 10 million gallons a day from the Catawba River.

    That water would be returned, as sewage, to the Yadkin-Pee Dee River basin.

    When this first popped up, at the end of 2005, Chester County Council approved a resolution saying it was opposed to the transfer. There wasn’t too much other action after that, for a while.

  • Celebrate Jackson's birthday

    Andrew Jackson State Park will be teeming with energy Saturday. That's when the annual Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration unfolds at the state park built to honor the nation's seventh president.

    The young and young-at-heart will be in full force for a full day of activities on the land where Jackson roamed the Carolina frontier as a young lad.

    As a youngster, Jackson might have been found hiking through these very woods, fishing or handling a chore or two around his family's cabin.

  • Be cautious when divulging information

    Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer answers questions about aging issues.

    Question: My mother called me the other day wanting to know what I thought about a great program that an insurance agent called her about. The agent told her that they would give her either a motorized scooter or $1,000 if she completed a survey on health-related questions and provided some personal information. When she said that she would fill out a survey, an agent came by her house to notarize the survey and have her sign a release.

  • Confusion runs amok in presidential race

    The Founding Fathers set down guidelines for our nation. Although, they adhered to Christian principles, they also emphasized "liberty and justice for all" and “freedom of religion.“ Over the years, efforts were instigated to specify just who liberty and justice should relate to. Religious freedom removed any form of "state religion" giving us the right to "bow to our maker in any way or form we felt comfortable. Now, it seems we are moving toward freedom from religion.