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Today's Opinions

  • Jackie Brown: Volunteer of the Year

    Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Todd Wallace honoring Jackie Brown of Jackie’s Place as the Lancaster chamber’s Volunteer of the Year. Coming Wednesday: Melissa Prince.

    I am honored to present this year’s volunteer of the year award.
    Tonight’s recipient is not the volunteer of this year, but for many. She is the volunteer for every year for more than 20 years.

  • Column: National TV puts Haley in spotlight

    It’s the call that every aspirant in the political hinterland dreams of: “Will you give our party’s response to the president’s State of the Union Address?”
    The answer is always “yes” – and then the drama begins. The stakes are incredibly high. Many fail, some miserably (see Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2009) but the opportunity is exposure to more than 30 million people as the alternative voice to the president of the United States.

  • Letter: Shoebox for Seniors Project

    Thanks to all of the churches, schools and organizations that participated in the Shoebox for Seniors project in December. This project, sponsored by the Lancaster County Council on Aging, is amazing because of everyone that continues to make it a success year after year! The gifts that we receive are sent out to our home-delivered-meal clients, and we also give gifts to our group-dining clients during a Christmas party held at each of our four sites.

  • Letter: What Hillary Clinton can educate us about

    In your Jan. 13 paper, Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell writes that Hillary Clinton would be the education president we need. I have to agree with her 100 percent. Hillary could teach us so much.

  • Letter: Praise for Paul McKenzie’s many accomplishments

    There may be those in our community that will make the campaign for mayor about race – with three whites and three African Americans currently vying for the position. Although I am African American and have long supported the need for equity, inclusion and diversity within business, government and education, I will be voting for Paul McKenzie as mayor.
    In the past 19 years, Paul has demonstrated compassion, fairness, respect and ability to work with all people.

  • Column: Van Wyck does not want to be swallowed up by Indian Land

    Welcome to Van Wyck! What an emotionally packed meeting Jan. 12 at the community center to hear from the Indian Land representatives who want to incorporate and include the Van Wyck community. There were a lot of opinions expressed, but I believe the main take away is this:
    Van Wyck residents do not want to be included in the IL incorporation.  

  • Gus Deligiannidis: Small Business of the Year

    Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Steve Sherrill honoring Gus Deligiannidis, owner of Gus’s Family Restaurant and Gus’s Family Pizza, as the Lancaster chamber’s Small Business of the Year. Coming Sunday: Jackie Brown.

  • Letter: Sensible gun regulations would close loopholes in gun laws

    This is a response to Dr. L. Brooks Walker’s Jan. 17 column about the president issuing executive orders to strengthen gun regulation to help weed out potential mentally ill buyers of firearms by expanding background checks and for unlicensed people selling guns at gun shows, without the buyer going thru a background check. These executive orders are sensible improvements to close loopholes in current gun laws.
    Obviously, the National Rifle Association and Dr. Walker don’t agree. They immediately proclaim the move a “gun grab.”