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Today's Opinions

  • A collective sigh of relief

    It didn’t take long for word to get out Friday afternoon that someone had been charged in the courthouse and solicitor’s office fires.

    As the news folks, county officials, law enforcement officers and firefighters gathered in front of the Municipal Justice Center for the second press conference of the day on Friday, the buzz was that the teenager charged with five recent armed robberies was also the suspect in the fires.

    It seemed unbelievable. A 17-year-old responsible for burning two government buildings?

  • We need to meet true Mulvaney

    Who is the real Mick Mulvaney? One thing is clear: he doesn’t want us to know.

    Every month since she announced her run for Senate, Mandy Powers Norrell has written a detailed and heart-felt column about the issues in this election – our local economy, layoffs, private school vouchers, healthcare and seniors issues, the environment, and the importance of protecting small business. And in each of these columns, she tells us who she is, her experiences, her values, and how they were formed right here in Lancaster County.

  • 3.5-mill tax hike more palatable than 8.9-mill

    Few people ever celebrate a tax increase. But last week, Lancaster County Council gave residents a reason to at least sigh with some sense of relief about the tax increase to pay for the expenses related to the fire at the Lancaster County Courthouse.

    County officials initially proposed an 8.9-mill tax increase to pay for those costs, and many residents weren’t happy about it.

  • Non-locals have contributed greatly to us

    Gail Stevens wrote a well-written letter encouraging us to vote for Mandy Powers Norrell for Senate because she is “from here,” and “one of us.”

    I only wish Ms. Norrell would have taken this advice four years ago in the Senate race. That was when she and her husband supported – and even gave money to – Donn Sinclair, who was running against our own Greg Gregory.

  • Family Promise makes progress in its effort to help homeless

    Lancaster County, with a history of reaching out and offering a helping hand, is known as a caring community.

    This notion has been reinforced by the work of a group of area churches that want to help homeless families. About a year ago. Family Promise began work to help area homeless families. Through the work of planning, pushing forward and prayer, the program is close to becoming reality.

  • Explore other avenues for courthouse costs

    Letter writer William Hough was correct when he said Lancaster County Council Chairman Rudy Carter sounds like a politician.

    But Carter is not the only one. All the council members sound like politicians. Let's speak their language. Vote, vote often and vote the people you are unhappy with out. Maybe Washington, D.C., isn't the only place in need of change.

    It seems as if the council isn't even interested in exploring other avenues. Our famed courthouse burned, and they took the ball and ran.

  • Family Promise makes progress

    Lancaster County, with a history of reaching out and offering a helping hand, is known as a caring community.

    This notion has been reinforced by the work of a group of area churches that want to help homeless families. About a year ago. Family Promise began work to help area homeless families. Through the work of planning, pushing forward and prayer, the program is close to becoming reality.

  • Remember to always read the fine print

    We’re not sure why there was confusion about whether Lancaster County was responsible for maintaining roads at Sun City Carolina Lakes.

    It was spelled out in the development agreement between the county and Del Webb, a Pulte Homes company.

    That agreement was reached in 2004 when County Council approved Sun City Carolina Lakes as the largest planned development district, a zoning district for large housing developments, in the booming Panhandle.