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Today's Opinions

  • We need to rethink our strategy in Afghanistan

    As President Barack Obama plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, perhaps all should contemplate the unknown outcome and the reason for our being there. Currently, 40 percent of Americans are dubious about the war effort, and in Great Britain the sentiment is even stronger. Sweden plans to move its troops out at the end of next year.

  • Woman praises good Samaritans

    On Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, I arrived in Lancaster for an overnight visit, after a nine-hour solo drive from South Georgia. A dashboard light came on while I was en route, so I headed for an automotive agency to have it checked out. At the traffic light on Main and Meeting streets, my car stopped dead.

    Thank God for modern day Samaritans. There were offers of help from several gentlemen. Indeed, one man contacted the folks who sent a tow truck. Others pushed my vehicle out of traffic and stayed by me until the tow truck arrived.

  • Organization grateful for help with program

    The Lancaster County District 6 Masonic Lodges would like to thank the young men of the Red Rose Council No. 162 Knights of Pythagoras organization for donating their time to help HOPE of Lancaster County with the recent Feed the Children event.

    Hopefully, our children have set an example by helping others. This was an opportunity to expose our teenagers to circumstances they may or may not have encountered in their lives.

  • Mobley was tough but fair judge

    The future of the old Lancaster County Courthouse has the refurbished building being some type of museum.

    We can think of a host of people who could be honored there for their long, faithful service to Lancaster County through their work and dedication over the years.

    Folks with a distinguished legal background would likely be a major consideration.

    With that in mind, the late Berry L. Mobley would be most deserving for a notable place of honor in the renovated building when it’s completed.

  • United Way needs our support even more so now

    Please give to the United Way of Lancaster County’s 2009-10 campaign if you’re financially able. It’s important, perhaps even more so in these tough economic times.

    The United Way of Lancaster County does so much to help fund worthwhile programs in the community. Some of these programs help people who most need help in difficult times.

  • Lancaster has some great teachers

    It is evident that Lancaster County has great teachers. We met several of them just prior to the start of the 2009-10 Lancaster County School District term. Then, earlier this month three county art teachers  earned state awards.

    Each year the school district honors four teachers at its Celebrate Great Teaching Awards. The presentations are made as part of a kickoff assembly to launch the new school year.

    The awards include the district’s top teacher along with a winner from the high school, middle school and elementary levels as well as a beginner teacher.

  • Teen accused of arson has difficulty finding counsel

    I would like ro respond to some of the reader comments of my Sept. 27 letter to the editor, “Writer questions if teenager was arsonist.”

    I’m heartened that my statement that the young African-American did not commit arson on the courthouse or the solicitor’s office has raised some doubt. To my knowledge, he never admitted he did it.

  • Many make school supply drive to successful

    I would like to thank the Lancaster Community for supporting United Way of Lancaster County in our first Stuff the Bus school supply drive. Thanks to Kim Humphries and her associates at Barnett Family Practice for spearheading this project and garnering support from all the other local businesses who served as collection sites: American Home Patient, Carolina Chiropractic and Wellness, Health Springs Dental Associates, Hi Lites, Lancaster Jewelers and State Farm Insurance – Janis Mathis.