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Today's Opinions

  • Family’s roots and wings are interconnected

    The tale told here portrays a conversion-instilling vision. Namely, that a parent can really give a child only two things – “roots and wings.”*

    The grace of these gifts becomes evident in the story that molds the child. The intriguing providence, so striking in the telling, teaches a harsh wisdom, suspended between irony and tragedy.

    Such is the case involving world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Rocco Armonda, whose exciting career culminates at the acme of discovering a new healing “construct.”

  • A town that came together

    Lancaster Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a nonprofit animal rescue dedicated to saving unwanted dogs and puppies in the Lancaster County area, as well as surrounding counties if in urgent need. We take in owner-surrendered animals, shelter animals and abandoned and neglected animals.

    All of our rescues are placed in loving foster homes until their forever home is found. Anyone wanting to adopt one of our animals will go through an application process, veterinary reference and/or home visit.

  • It all started with BBQ – S.C.’s weird, wonderful history

    Recently, I had lunch with three old friends. All of us are proud South Carolina natives, amateur history buffs and great fans of BBQ. We decided to meet at a new BBQ joint that we were all anxious to try.

    As a member in good standing of the SC BBQ Association, I felt it was by solemn duty to educate my friends to the fact that BBQ was invented in South Carolina – as indeed it was. This led to one of the more interesting lunches I’ve had in a long time, as we attempted to one up each other in our knowledge of state’s weird and wonderful history.

  • System can’t help if we make bad decisions

    This letter is in response to Tommicha Walker’s letter, “Help find wanted man,” in the Nov. 30 edition of The Lancaster News. Walker was writing in response to Ramond Johnson who wrote the letter, “System failing to keep us safe.”

    The system cannot help us if we decide to put ourselves in harm’s way.

    In the story about Javarus Hayden being wanted for attempted murder, there were two people breaking the law and Javarus was one of them.

  • The fork is the most dangerous weapon

    It’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those about our health. Although gun violence remains the leading cause of death among young people, our most dangerous weapon is still our fork. Forty-five times as many people die of chronic diseases linked to a diet containing animal products, sugar, and salt.

    Hardly a month goes by without another study linking consumption of animal products with obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers. No reputable study has ever shown an opposite result.

  • ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is a New Year’s Eve tradition

    From release

    New Year’s Eve festivities peak when the official countdown of the clock begins. After the ball drops and midnight has arrived, revelers cheer to the new year and exchange kisses and well wishes.

    Once such wishes have been exchanged, many people begin to sing “Auld Lang Syne.” But few know what “Auld Lang Syne” means or why it is sung on New Year’s Eve. Confusion regarding this song is almost as notable as the tradition of singing it. Many people mumble through the lyrics because they never bothered to learn them.

  • Community transforms Pregnancy Care Center

    I’d like to take this opportunity to share with the community and say thank you to all those who have supported the Pregnancy Care Center.

    The Pregnancy Care Center has been in existence since 1998.

    In the past two and a half years, many changes have taken place. God is truly blessing the efforts of all of those involved and he continues to give us a vision for the future.

  • Thumbs up to Brooklyn Springs Elementary

    While visiting Brooklyn Springs Elementary School for a program I was most impressed with the cleanliness of the school and the young lady doing the cleaning.

    While visiting the school I observed the young lady cleaning, dusting, pushing down the halls and blowing off the grounds when I was leaving.

    The school was immaculate inside and out and smelled so fresh.

    Brooklyn Springs is a wonderful school with great staff. To the young lady cleaning there, you are doing a great job.