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Today's Opinions

  • Will County Council run DNA tests on dangerous dogs?

    I read the guest editorial "Dog breed regulations won't work" in the March 14 edition of The Lancaster News and it raised several questions.

    Is Lancaster County Council considering mandatory DNA tests of all dogs to prove they are or are not a dangerous breed?

    How else will they know for certain what a mixed dog has as ancestors or parents?

    How does designating a dog breed as a dangerous breed affect the owners liability especially regarding the homeowners insurance?

  • Mulvaney doesn't know our schools

    I recently noticed an obvious and hopefully, an innocent misprint in the March 9 edition of The Neighbors of York and Lancaster County in The Charlotte Observer.

    The story was the coverage of S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford's support of Mick Mulvaney, a Republican candidate for the S.C. Senate 16 District.

    The Lancaster News had already covered the story with the correct information. Along with the story was similar photo that was published in The Lancaster News. It was a photo of Sanford, Mulvaney and Mulvaney's wife.

  • Reading can take you places

    The equation for a good life is to have good literacy skills. Mastering literacy can lead to a good education, good health and a good job which equates to a good life.

    That was the message recently at the J. Marion Sims Literacy Forum. Dr. Linda Gambrell, president of the International Reading Association, was the guest speaker.

    Gambrell, who has authored several books on literacy and is, of course, an avid reader, was touting the benefits of reading.

  • 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.