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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Stupid is as stupid does’

    Is there anyone who does not recognize this brilliant comment from the movie “Forest Gump?”

    I’m sure that the scriptwriters who penned this statement never imagined how mainstream this observation on life would become.

    The year is 2014. It is again time for a mid-term election. Is there any doubt as to the outcome of this exercise in futility?

  • Just fixing the court backlog is not enough

    In about 90 days, the people of Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties will go to the polls to elect a new circuit solicitor, known as a district attorney in other areas.

    Much will be made of the backlog of pending criminal cases in our circuit during the solicitor’s election and it is, of course, a tremendous issue, particularly in Lancaster County.

  • Overlay designed to slow traffic

    If you commute to Charlotte or regularly travel on U.S. 521, you might want to contact members of Lancaster County Council and ask what they are doing.

    They passed the Panhandle Highway Corridor Overlay District so they could fix it. Now is the time to fix it.

    Often it has been said, the devil is in the details.

    “Our goal is by bringing the buildings forward, creating landscaping, it’s going to slow down the traffic,” said the county’s consultant from North Carolina.

  • Tips for keeping your cat calm

    Statepoint Media

    The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such disruptive things as summer thunderstorms and road trips.

    And unfortunately behavioral issues are the No. 1 reason for euthanasia in dogs and cats, resulting in the death of about 15 million pets each year.

  • Local Knights of Columbus support our community

    The Knights of Columbus is a Catholic men’s service organization founded in 1882 by a Catholic priest in New Haven, Conn.

    There are about 2 million members. Its principles are charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. During the last decade, the Knights of Columbus has donated almost $2 billion to charity.

    It’s also provided about 700 million hours of volunteer service in support of charitable initiatives.

    Our local council, Lancaster, S.C. Council 10066, was formed 25 year ago by members of St. Catherine Catholic Church.

  • Opinion writers should be willing to take criticism

    This is an opinion page. W.B. Evans expressed his opinion; I expressed mine. Recently, Joanne S. Graves expressed hers. Anyone who chooses to may do the same. How wonderful this is.

    By doing so, we are expressing our freedom of speech and The Lancaster News is reflecting its freedom of the press rights. How fortunate we are to live in a nation that embodies such freedom.

  • Tax bills are coming soon

    The end of every September, the treasurer’s office mails out property tax bills for real estate (homes and commercial buildings) and personal property (boats, business furniture and equipment, manufacturing, etc).

    While nobody likes getting a tax bill, it’s important that they are sent to the correct address. Having the correct address is the taxpayer’s responsibility, and that prevents you from having a late fee due to never receiving the bill.

  • Council cannot get its act together

    One, two, let’s hope the next one is not three and out. The infamous Lancaster County Council has done it now. Council has turned many yes votes into no. The yes in the northern part of the county is lost because their roads didn’t make the list.

    The yes in the center of the county is lost because they’ve shunned half of a library and fire departments will say no because their radios, which are lifesavers for all of us, have been rejected, well, not completely, but they might as well be. Why? Because our council cannot get its act together.