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Today's Opinions

  • Our view: Take time on Thanksgiving to be grateful

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, when we should all be grateful for all of life’s gifts, big and small.
    The annual American holiday, held the fourth Thursday of November, commemorates the Pilgrims’ celebration of the good harvest of 1621.
    Thanksgiving celebrates the simple treasures of good food and fellowship – conjuring up popular images of family seated around a table, complete with a steaming big bird, mounds of dressing and pumpkin pie.

  • Keown column: Sister says county is lucky to have Willis as administrator

    I am writing to address the recent Lancaster County Council meeting that was held to determine the continued employment of Steve Willis as county administrator.  
    In the interest of full disclosure, I am Steve’s younger sister and, while I may be a bit biased toward my brother, I also have a unique, up-close and personal perspective.
    Steve has numerous qualities and characteristics that more than qualify him to be the county administrator for Lancaster.

  • Crabtree letter: Giving thanks for unexpected things

    Thanksgiving is when, as a nation, we give thanks for the important blessings in our lives.
    For many, that likely includes family, good health, a decent job and the like. And we should be thankful if we enjoy any or all of those things.
    For some in our society, however, working hard doesn’t always produce enough income to make ends meet.
    Many rural and small town Americans depend on something that the rest of us don’t likely think about that often, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), to help get through some of the tough times.

  • Lanning column: God’s word includes hymn of thanksgiving

    When King David successfully brought the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, he wrote a song of thanksgiving to God, which is recorded in 1 Chronicles 16:7-36.
    His first attempt to transport the ark failed miserably because he had not followed God’s instructions, but once he corrected his mistakes, God blessed his efforts.

  • Estridge column: Estridge appreciates support of community

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of my district who have elected me to my fourth term on the Lancaster County Council.
    I am honored and take the job you have elected me to do seriously. I am proud to say we have accomplished much over the past 12 years.
    During my tenure on County Council, we have worked hard to put policies and procedures in place to protect your tax dollars and receive the very best in services from each county department.

  • Cauthen column: Expose helps students be better communicators

    Ten young people participated in the Lancaster District AME Zion churches’ 10th annual Oratorical Expose on Sept. 25.
    The purpose of the program is to promote youth development in research and speech.
    Each contestant was given three topics to choose from to do their research. The topics were:
    • Because of the increase in cost for higher education, do you feel a college education is still a good investment today (why or why not)?
    • How has reality TV affected the black family and/or the black community?

  • Noble column: Will S.C. be the next Ferguson?

    It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide – a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen.
    The question is – what now?
    Will our state erupt as another Ferguson, or will we be different?

  • Kengor column: The mid-term election: Is president still relevant?

    Today I had a chance to speak with John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader,” said Barack Obama in the opening of his White House press conference following the Democrats’ Nov. 4 massacre. “And I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’s business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.”
    The president is looking forward to “working together to deliver for the American people.”