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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Plenty of opportunity for HOA hypocrites

    In the April 7 issue of The Lancaster News, Russell Rhoads found it hypocritical that a person who elects to live in a community with an HOA should speak against incorporation because of the additional cost.
    After an informal look at the communities up and down U.S. 521, Fort Mill Highway, Shelley Mullis, Harrisburg  and Jim Wilson roads, I suspect that most have an HOA.
    By Rhoads’ logic, if you live in a community with an HOA and speak against incorporation because of the additional cost, you are a hypocrite.  

  • Letter: How do residents benefit from being incorporated?

    I have a question for Russell Rhoads, whose letter in the April 7 issue addressed incorporating Indian Land.
    Please explain the benefits, in detail, of one more layer of government by the incorporated township of Indian Land, so we all know what to expect when and if it happens.
    How much money will be needed? How much will taxes increase?  Who and how will the leaders be elected, such as a mayor or supervisor and council persons? Someone needs to run the town.

  • Letter: Thanking everyone for help during crisis

    Editor’s note: The writer was married for 47 years to Coleen Burgess, who died April 6 when a tree fell on their Buford home.
    I am writing you to thank everyone for their contributions to the Burgess family, from our neighborhood, from Lancaster and all around. Especially the churches that gave, Bethany Presbyterian Church in Monroe and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lancaster, and all who mailed in gifts.
    God bless all of you.

    James C. Burgess Sr.
    Buford

  • Column: There’s a right way to pass a tax hike, and this isn’t it

    While the Senate was busy debating the gas-tax hike last week, the House decided to reinsert itself into the argument – but not in any normal way.
    Last Wednesday afternoon, House leaders placed their version of the gas-tax increase into the state budget as a budget provision, more commonly known as a budget proviso.

  • Column: Paper or plastic? The choice is crucial

    Over the 40 years that I have known her, I have come to have great respect for my wife’s political antenna. She’s not a political junkie in the traditional sense, but when she thinks an issue is important, I have learned to pay attention.
    This time it’s plastic bags.
    As she said the other day, “There is no good reason that they should not be banned. They are killing our oceans and it’s only the plastic bag industry that is keeping the ban from happening.”
    She is right.

  • Column: This Tuesday, give where you live

    As part of a commitment to build and sustain a healthy community, we at the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Lancaster County Partners for Youth and the J. Marion Sims Foundation urge you to lift up and support our local nonprofit organizations this Tuesday through the second-annual Give Local Lancaster Campaign.

  • Column: Imagine Jesus as a candidate in 5th District GOP contest

    Hearing the comments from some 5th District candidates and others already in Congress makes me wonder what a 21st century Jesus might say if he were espousing the same policies.
    “I would like to thank all of you for being here today,” Jesus would tell his followers. “After spending time feeding, sheltering and healing the less fortunate in Africa, seeking peace in the Mideast, trying to placate the Russians and addressing other world crises, it is good to be back in the greatest country on the planet.

  • Column: As Senate debated gas tax, reason flew out the window

    The state Senate passed its version of the gas-tax hike late Wednesday night, after two days of debate. This version of the bill raises the tax by 12 cents a gallon gradually over six years. The House version was a 10-cent hike.
    Whenever large groups of politicians talk for long periods of time, you hear some real gems. Here are a few of this week’s Capitol highlights.
    ◆ House Speaker Jay Lucas: “A responsible plan does not raid the general fund to pay for roads.”