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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • New center a testament to legacy left by Blackmon

    The late Preston Blackmon was the type of person, who once you met, quite likely you would not forget. Recently a move was made that no matter how much time passes, Blackmon’s name will be honored by future generations of Lancaster County residents.

    Blackmon, who died last fall, was recently honored posthumously with the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center.

    The ribbon cutting was held May 15, with the open house two days later in the area of the Deliverance Word of Faith Church.

  • Knowing Boyce Payne made you a better person

    On June 4, Boyce Jackson Payne was killed in an accident. Boyce owned Payne’s Garage & Alignment. I was Boyce’s first employee and I want to tell you a little bit about him.

    Boyce was an honest person, who would give you the shirt off of his back. Boyce was not rich monetarily, but was wealthy spiritually. He would help people who were down and out and sometimes they would pay, but mostly not.

    Boyce’s insistance on trusting people and giving credit negatively affected his bottom line, but he was more interested in heavenly rewards than earthly ones.