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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: Stop by VA office to read 'The notebook'

    Lancaster County employees have a “new boss” today. It’s Brooklyn Springs Elementary School first-grader Nathan Gibson.
    Nathan will spend the day with Lancaster County Administrator Steve Willis, after winning the grand prize in “The Veteran in Your Life” essay contest. Nathan, a student in Rena Cunningham’s class, chose to write about his “big brother,” U.S. Army medic Dwayne “Big Mac” Mackey.   

  • Column: Courthouse grand opening should have been open to all

    As I was driving down Main Street on Thursday (May 12) afternoon, I was marveling at the beautiful new courthouse we, the people of Lancaster County, are having built. It is truly a sight, compared to our previous courthouse, but as I looked at the building and its surroundings, something suddenly drew my attention.

  • Letter: God help us

    I agree with everything that brother Steve Stewart said in the May 6 issue of The Lancaster News (Take care in celebrating death of bin Laden).
    But I want to add this:
    Christian people don’t rejoice when lost people die (whom the Lord died for) and go to hell.
    Religious people do.
    Christian people don’t rejoice when more than a million babies are murdered each year.
    Religious people do.
    Christian people didn’t stand around the cross and laugh and mock Jesus when he was crucified.
    Religious people did.

  • Letter: Charrettes need your input

    As per the “Notice of Charrette” in last week’s paper, no, the USS Charrett, a Navy destroyer launched in 1943, isn’t coming; and we are not getting a charrette in front of the horse as usual. Charrette, an American design supply retailer headquartered in the Boston area, is not locating next to Walmart. 

  • Letter: Osama now paying the price

    Osama Bin Laden, you were judge and jury for all the lives you took. Now you have to stand before the ultimate judge. And you have been sentenced.
    This is my belief – you and Hitler were the worst mass murderers in history. The Bible tells us not to judge, but it is my belief that you are with Hitler, for all those innocent lives you two took. You are now paying the price.
    The United States stop-ped Hitler. We stopped you. And anyone who hurts or kills, we will stop. It may take 10 years, as it did with bin Laden, but the United States will prevail.

  • Letter: Thanks from Fort Lawn Community Center

    The Fort Lawn Community Center would like to thank the following individuals for their time and many efforts benefiting our fourth annual Spring Festival held April 16.
    Even though the threat of severe weather hampered the number of visitors, we still consider the event a huge success and the total amount of income earned from the festival was $9,570.75.

  • Veterans Remembered column: World War II vet molded Heath Springs Class of ’64

    Veterans Remembered is the sixth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans who touched their lives and provide support of the Veterans Monument project.

  • Column: Anniversary tribute to a long-gone friend

    May 11, 2011, marked the 15th anniversary of the tragic loss of a great friend, John Patrick Barnhart Jr. of Indian Land.
    A tribute I wrote about him was published days after his life was swept away, at age 19, by the deceiving current where he and other friends were swimming in the Catawba River under the Highway 5 bridge near Bowater. It was May 11, 1996 – Mother’s Day and the birthday of his sister, Christina B. Rogers, and another friend, Billy Bennett Jr.