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Today's Opinions

  • Daniel is 'caring, honest, compassionate'

    My name is Mary Phillips. I am the aunt of Daniel Workman, who is 10 years old and attends Erwin Elementary. Daniel was recently baptized at White Springs Baptist Church.

    Recently, while I was shopping for groceries at Wal-Mart, Daniel and my daughter, Karli, were in the game room playing.

    After checking out, I went to the game room to get them and Daniel was standing beside the huge bubble gum machine. Daniel said he couldn’t go then because he was guarding the machine. It seems the back had come off of the machine and piles of quarters were in full view.

  • We're all responsible for our actions

    I was sitting at home with my pit bull dog and was thinking about a lot of things. The television was off and the only sound I could hear was her breathing. I realized how many people have their own look at things – how we perceive, assume and anticipate things.

  • Give some serious thought to 60/40 split

    It’s not rocket science. If you clearcut the land, build multi-housing developments and move people in, you are going to increase the need for services. Those services include adequate infrastructure – roads, utilities, etc. – more law enforcement and emergency medical services.

    And it’s a good bet that many of those moving into the new housing developments are children, children who need to be educated – in our schools that are already bursting at the seams.

  • Miller touts experience, passion and work ethic

    Recently, I received a mailer from my Republican opponent. It was excellently prepared, and was an example of the value in hiring professional campaign management.

    As a fiscally conservative Republican, I chose not to expend my resources for this style of campaigning. I write my own material, without the aid of experts and express my own thoughts and feelings on the subjects I address.

  • Do we really want change in our lives?

    Looking back on the last century, I can’t help but imagine what life will be like during the coming century. I wonder what advancements will be made technologically, politically and religiously.

    We’ve come a long way since the Industrial Revolution. Automobiles are far more efficient than ever. Planes have gone from unstable gliders to space shuttles taking man to places we previously only dreamed of.

  • County courthouse needed now

    One would think that the editorial board of our principal local newspaper would be capable of displaying an understanding of the structural needs of Lancaster County.

    However, the editorial which appeared in Wednesday’s Lancaster News demonstrated again the shortsightedness that has brought us to the point where we now find ourselves.

    This year, we are commemorating 180 years since the erection of the Lancaster County Courthouse. This is a significant milestone.

  • Public works employees deserve recognition

    As you read this, please reflect on how many times a day you depend on our public works professionals in our community.

    Imagine what life would be like without these professionals keeping our drinking water safe and reliable, our roads open, our houses warm, our lights on, preventing diseases by treating our wastewater and disposing of our trash.

    In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, public works is there supporting our firefighters and law enforcement.

  • Plenty to do this weekend in county

    From time to time, area folks say there’s little to do in Lancaster.

    At times, there might be some validity to that claim, but the upcoming weekend would certainly dispel that notion.

    Lancaster County has a plethora of area events on tap.

    Actually, the busy weekend run began Thursday with Street Fest in downtown Lancaster. If you missed out, don’t despair because the Lancaster County Council of the Arts Spring Arts Walk will be held tonight from 5:30 to 9.