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Today's Opinions

  • Caregivers deserve special recognition

    Caregivers play a special role in the lives of the ones they tend to each day.
    Their tasks and challenges are great, sometimes outweighing the needed thanks.
    That’s why those dedicated folks are special.
    Recently a Lancaster caregiver, Karen Hoffman, was honored for her work as a caring caregiver.
    Hoffman was presented the local Family Caregiver of the Year Award, an annual honor given by Homewatch Caregivers, which is an international provider of full-service home care, and co-sponsored by the National Family Caregivers Association.

  • There are solutions for repairing county roads

    A great deal of concern centers around the poor condition of roads and bridges, both dirt and paved, in Lancaster County. Any time this subject is brought before our county administrator or County Council, the same answer always comes forth, “We don’t have money to fix your problem.”
    We are all aware paving or repairing roads is expensive; however, do we not always find money to do what council places as a top priority?

  • Timing is everything

    On Aug. 16, I woke up from a power nap and started getting ready for my 12-hour shift job. Before I left I kissed my wife, 6-year-old daughter and my visiting sister all goodbye and walked out the door. My daughter screamed, “Wait daddy. I want another hug and a kiss.”

  • Writer enjoyed back-to-school event

    I recently attended a back-to-school event at the Micheal Blackmon Foundation for the children of our community. Councilwoman Linda Blackmon-Brace greeted everyone as they entered the foundation, young and old alike.

  • Obama jobs speech was a campaign speech

    The Obama jobs speech was out of touch to say the least. It starts out with reducing $175 billion to Social Security and Medicare (with another $1/2 trillion to be cut from Medicare under Obamacare in the future). And Democrats tell us Republicans want to hurt seniors? And how does this create jobs? It spends more than $140 billion on union pandering to try and buy back union votes at our expense.

  • S.C.’s low literacy rates impact employment

    On Aug. 25, the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce held its State of Education Breakfast, an event that some of you attended. Guest speakers included Dr. Gene Moore, Lancaster County School Superintendent, Dr. Greg Rutherford, president of York Technical College, Dr. John Catalano, dean at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, and Robert C. Barnett, vice president of education for the S.C. Chamber of Commerce.

  • Radical right tuned into Constitution than the left

    Merrel Wilkenfeld’s in his letter, “Radical right should embrace whole Constitution,” in the Sept. 4 edition of The Lancaster News, has proven again  that the left is really uninformed, misinformed and does not know or understand the Constitution.
    The so called radical, religious right is more tuned into the Constitution than the left. The left always brings out the words – separation of church and state – mentioned in the Constitution. I ask them to go and read the separation-of-church-and-state clause again.

  • Community bond evident at outdoor movie

    It was a perfect night for a movie. Caroline Hasty, events manager for the city of Lancaster, got the elderly man a chair and sat it up on the grass at the normally vacant lot at the corner of Main and Gay streets Saturday night. I use the term “elderly” loosely, but I’m 60 and he was older than me.
    Hasty told me that the man always spoke to her when they meet on the street, that he lived alone at the Parr Apartments and that she told him if he came to the movie she would make sure he had a chair. She did.