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Today's Opinions

  • Tyler in good hands with EMTs

    A huge thank you to the rapid and thorough care given to Tyler Osornio, 2, and to keeping us fully informed after Tyler was rescued from a swimming pool.

    One female EMT stood with us until Tyler was on his way to Carolina’s Medical Center making sure we remained fully involved and informed. The manner they all portrayed was exceptional and very much appreciated.

    Lancaster County should be proud of our emergency response team.

    The Hyatt family and Mandy Osornio

    Van Wyck

  • Tomorrow is America's birthday

    Tomorrow we celebrate a birthday. The we is the United States of America. We turn 233 years old on July 4 – the day we (the original 13 American colonies) declared our independence from Great Britain.

    The Declaration of Independence was drafted on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia.

    We didn’t get that independence easily. It was a hard-fought and bloody battle to earn our freedom. Many people died – some in the Palmetto State – in that original struggle for independence. They continue to die on foreign soil to preserve our American way of life.

  • Another TEA Party in town set for July 4

    Several months ago the first Lancaster Tea Party was held to protest the rampant spending of our federal government.

    TEA is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already. This headlong rush to spend the nation into bankruptcy began in the latter months of the Bush administration and has hurtled along during the Obama presidency.

    The first TEA Party drew 300 Lancastrians, protesting the federal spending.

    Another 3,000 TEA Parties were held across the nation.

    Did the Obama administration and Congress listen? Not one bit.

  • Council is right to gather info on business license fees

    With all due respect to my friend Rosemary Whitlock, who wrote the guest column, “Council doesn’t have enough info on business license fees” in the June 19 edition of The Lancaster News, I think that she, as well as a number of small business owners around Lancaster County, has jumped the gun in respect to what I view as unwarranted criticism directed at the mere discussion of a business license.

    Right now, and likely for many months yet to come, the issue is being studied.

  • Is there good news?

    I used to enjoy watching the news after work, but haven’t seen any good reports in a long time. So, my free time is spent doing yard work, listening to radio or reading authors like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Anne Coulter.

    Liberals see these folk as far-right. I chuckled when Beck recently quoted Chavez in Venezuela that he and Brother Castro better watch out or Obama will take over the lead to an all socialistic society.

  • Mary Atkinson’s letter, “Join in battle to save unborn babies,” published in the May 17 edition of The Lancaster News was a call to protect the life of the unborn.

    As parents of two adults with disabilities, some would say why would we want them? We believe they are a special gift from God in our lives. Every unborn is special no matter how it was conceived. It is special in God’s sight. Why kill the baby? What did it do to be killed? The mother has many people who are willing to help her in every way.

  • Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department is needed

    I am asking Lancaster County Council to please vote against the closing of Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department. I am a resident of the Pleasant Hill community. Morris Russell wants to close the Pleasant Hill VFD, which has been here a long time. His grandfather and several other men started this fire department in the 1950s.

    Pleasant Hill has helped many people over the years and the firefighters have risked their lives to help others the same as the other fire departments.

  • Business license fees will cripple small business owners

    Lancaster County Council is looking into putting in a new business license fee to generate more revenue. These licenses will be for anyone running a business – cutting grass, tree service, stump grinding etc. This is only to generate money for them to give more raises. When you have an 18 percent unemployment rate, all a business license fee does is cripple us, the small business owners, when we are aready down. Please give us some help. Don’t keep knocking us down. Selling produce from your own yard should not be a crime. A lot of people are just trying to get by.