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Today's Opinions

  • Pope now part of the heavenly football game

    Some four years ago, a book, with Pope as the subject, was written and entitled “Do They Play Football in Heaven?”

    Pope envisioned a lofty place where the game is about the offense always producing and the defense always making the key stop.

    I recall that’s how Mike explained his thinking during a book-signing back in the spring of 2010 at Wingate University, his final coaching stop as a volunteer assistant line coach.

  • Thank you for supporting our state champs

    Lancaster Dixie Youth Baseball is a non-profit agency that strives to teach children how to play a competitive sport while teaching good sportsmanship and teamwork. We believe that keeping children constructively active can keep our youth out of trouble.

    In our 2014 season, we had all five leagues, ages 4-14, win the district title.

  • Plan now to support veterans at annual parade

    Lancaster County’s annual Veterans Day parade and program is set for Nov. 9.

    Lineup starts at 11 a.m. at the Lancaster County Courthouse parking lot on Dunlap Street. The parade will start at noon as it proceeds from Dunlap Street onto Main Street ending at the American Legion. The program will start about 1 p.m. at the American Legion.

  • Transparency movement sees progress and setbacks

    One of the keys to quality government is the ability of citizens to see how decisions are made and how tax dollars are spent.

    It’s that notion that drove me several years ago to establish a special website showing itemized expenditures by state government, and to later launch an ultimately successful initiative to encourage cities, counties, universities and school districts to publish spending details online.

  • Very strange world of race, politics in S.C.

    In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the U.S. Senate.

    And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott.

    Ironically, he will be elected without significant African-American support on the Republican ticket – the party that is widely perceived to be indifferent, if not hostile, to African-Americans.

  • For better, safer roads we have to pay for them

    In the column published Sunday, I detailed the dismal statewide picture of our road system. As challenging as our statewide problems are, they are more acute in Lancaster County. The main reason is that 44 percent of our county’s roads are secondary routes that are not eligible for federal assistance (NFA) routes.

  • Church dedicates park, walking track

    The United Bible Way Church of Lancaster dedicated the Hillside Memorial Park and Walking Track on Sunday, Sept. 9. The church family and invited guests gathered under the shelter and listened to Pastor Kenny Rose as he proclaimed what God had given the church and to the greater Lancaster community.

    Kenji Mackey, the coordinator for the walking trail, shared Pastor Rose’s God-given vision to emphasize how important exercise is to our health, especially walking.

  • Application processing for professionals lacking