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Today's Opinions

  • Having own sign shop is a good idea

    Lancaster County Council’s idea to set up its own sign-making shop is a good one. The county is going to have to replace road name signs and traffic signs in the county within the next few years to comply with a federal mandate.

    The new signs must have more reflective features, which are meant to increase highway safety.

    The mandate requires all regulatory signs, such as stop, yield and speed limit signs, be updated in the county by January 2015.

    The county must replace all of its road name signs by January 2018.

  • Lancaster lost a legend in 'Itoo'

    My heart is deeply broken with the passing of Anasue Love also known affectionately as “Itoo.” She was a charming, classy wonderful lady, a Lancaster legend and more importantly – my friend.

    I grew to know her from my days of working across the street from her store, the Dianne Shoppe. She would walk over and lighten up the day with her quick wit, news or beloved dog, Trooper.

  • Connect with our future

    It is not a novel idea and it doesn’t take a PhD to know that children have a better opportunity to succeed in life when they have someone to support and encourage them. Ideally, that person is the child’s parent.  

    Sometimes, however, that role is filled by a volunteer Guardian ad Litem. The difference?

    A volunteer Guardian ad Litem is court-appointed to children who have been abused or neglected by their parents or other caregivers.

    The Department of Social Services has become involved with the family and a family court case has been opened.

  • Babies focus of contest

    All babies are beautiful. We invite you to enter yours in our first annual Beautiful Baby Contest with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Newspaper In Education Program (NIE).

    What is NIE? The Lancaster News NIE program provides 128 classrooms in Lancaster County with newspapers as a teaching aid. That amounts to more than 2,000 students reading and learning about local community events, local government and local issues that affect their lives.

  • Education was a calling for Dr. Barry

    I sat across from Dr. Peter Barry’s desk, my notebook on my lap, facing my final exam in his history course.

    And I felt as prepared as I could ever be – besides, I could use any notes I’d taken to back up my answers.

    Dr. Barry asked the first question.

    I took a deep breath and opened my notebook to confirm my answer.

    And then I looked up – shocked and agitated.

    “Dr. Barry, I brought the wrong notebook,” I said.

    He raised his eyebrows, adding to my frustration.

  • UW grateful for school supply drive supporters

    We would like to thank the Lancaster County Community for once again supporting United Way of Lancaster County in our “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive. Special thanks to Frank Overcash for allowing the recreation departments in the county serve as drop off sites, to Heath Springs Dental Associates, who also served as a collection site, and to P&G Duracell for setting up a drop-off site for their employees.  

  • Share your views of candidates

    It’s hard to believe that the 2010 general election is just a little over nine weeks away. On Sunday’s editorial page, we encouraged residents to educate themselves about the candidates running for the various seats.

    In the coming weeks, The Lancaster News will be publishing stories about the candidates and the election. We are also planning to cosponsor a candidate forum, along with Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, Duke Energy and LearnTV in October.

  • Ms. Stover motivates children

    Have you ever wondered how to get your child motivated about school or a class? Well, you need to meet Shuntay Stover. She is an eighth-grade teacher at A.R. Rucker Middle School. She motivated my son and his friends to be excited about school. I no longer have to struggle with getting my son out the door for school, even though she taught him last year.

    Knowing how you have touched my son, I know you have made a difference with other students as well.