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Today's Opinions

  • Column: How it feels to receive a quilt of valor

    When I received an email from The Lancaster News asking me to write about how it felt to receive a quilt of valor from Douglas Presbyterian Church, I debated declining.
    Although the quilt was presented in front of many, it felt like a private moment. A treasured moment. It was my pleasure spending time with the church honoring veterans. But as the quilts of valor – and those who award them – are worthy of recognition, I decided to accept the offer and share my thoughts.     

  • Column: How it feels to receive a quilt of valor

    When I received an email from The Lancaster News asking me to write about how it felt to receive a quilt of valor from Douglas Presbyterian Church, I debated declining.
    Although the quilt was presented in front of many, it felt like a private moment. A treasured moment. It was my pleasure spending time with the church honoring veterans. But as the quilts of valor – and those who award them – are worthy of recognition, I decided to accept the offer and share my thoughts.     

  • Column: Another mass killing tests our faith

    The news feeds continue to report the evil actions of individuals and groups who are bent on wreaking havoc against unsuspecting targets.
    Today, we are hearing about the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people are dead and more than a dozen others wounded. The reports of such incidents seem to be growing with each passing week.

  • Column: Mrs. Blackmon, don’t complain when TLN reports what you say

    This is in response to Linda Blackmon’s letter to the editor in Sunday’s paper.
    Mrs. Blackmon, I would like to point out that The Lancaster News has written exactly what you have said since this election protest started a year ago. Nothing is one-sided.
    Sometimes common sense flies out the window. A lot of us wonder why you thought you could just vote to make yourself $6,750 richer. It makes no sense. You should have asked City Attorney Mitch Norrell before you voted.

  • Column: Thank you, Promise Neighborhood volunteers, next workday Nov. 18

    On behalf of Lancaster Promise Neighborhood’s other co-chairs, Bruce Brumfield and Dr. Paul McKenzie, I want to express my deepest gratitude to the dozens of volunteers who came out on Oct. 21 to clean up, clear out and paint one of the homes in our zone.
    Mt. Zion AME Zion Church was gracious to host the workday, which involved adult and youth representatives from AMEZ churches, Resurrection of Life Ministries, All for One Ministries, the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club, nonprofit organizations and local businesses.  

  • Letter: We don’t need more stores and traffic

    I love my town of Indian Land because it was not built up. We had trees, deer, animals – nice and quiet.
    Now it is changing because these damn builders are money-hungry. Why are they ripping up the beautiful trees to build more terrible stores when you just need to drive up the road and there is plenty of shopping? Why clutter Indian Land? Traffic we do not need.   
    They already did a poor job building homes in Indian Land, now they want to destroy the land, too. Not one tree left.  

  • Letter: Festival displaces band on football field

    The Indian Land High School marching band went to its state competition Saturday and were not allowed to go to another facility to practice. (Because of the Indian Land Fall Festival,) they had to practice earlier in the day, and then sit in a band room for a couple of hours and watch movies prior to their 3:15 p.m. trip to Columbia for a 6:45 p.m. performance.  

  • Letter: Road hazard still not addressed

    The safety hazard on Harrisburg Road – the iron plate stretching from white line to white line – that was reported to SCDOT on Oct. 6 and was the topic of a letter in The Lancaster News on Oct. 16, remains.
    Yes, the iron plate that has the potential to cause a wreck is still in place. If SCDOT has looked into this matter, I have yet to see an action that occurred. I do understand that this is the action of a contractor, but the road belongs to SCDOT, seeing as how this is in Lancaster County.