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Today's Opinions

  • You have power to stimulate our local economy

    With all the negative news about county-wide job cuts and business closings, it’s no secret that our local economy could use a shot in the arm. And that’s just what The Lancaster News and local businesses want to do with the project, “Spend $20 on the 20th.”

    The newspaper and more than 100 businesses have partnered together to make this concept a reality.

  • Family mourns pet killed on highway

    We recently found our beloved dog, “Banjo,” dead in the middle of our road.  We live on Helms Road in Lancaster – quiet, secluded road in the middle of nowhere. Sometimes it is used as a cut through street. Our neighbors are friendly and wave as they drive by.

    Occasionally, this street is known for speeders. I can only assume this must have been a speeding vehicle due to the injuries our dog sustained. It was devastating, heart-wrenching way for our young child to start her school day.

  • Join in tribute to veterans this Sunday

    At 3 p.m. Sunday, May 24, we will conduct our 18th Annual Memorial Day program at Lancaster Memorial Park. We ask our community to join us in remembrance of those who have given so much to assure all our freedoms and now rest in cemetery’s throughout this county and state.

  • Support our local businesses today

    We want to remind you to go out and visit your local businesses today. In our Sunday edition we told you about a collaborative effort between The Lancaster News and local businesses to present “Spend $20 on 20th” campaign.

    The newspaper offered local businesses – many who cannot afford newspaper advertising – special rates of $20 to advertise for this one-day event. Advertisers, in return, advertise a special product for $20 to customers.

  • President also has a right to his views

    Once again the sage of Van Wyck, John Cauthen, offers his particular view of events in his May 3 guest column. “Obama should tout, not criticize America.”

    President Barack Obama doesn’t criticize America – its history or ideals – but simply the last eight years under the  leadership of the Bush administration.

    An administration that extolled patriotism, yet denigrated two America heroes for political gain.

  • Don’t judge a person based on one mistake

    I am terribly disturbed by the negative comments that have been made about Officer Stacey Roberts’ recent and tragic death.

    For all those people who think that public servants should be held to a standard of perfection, keep reading, because I have some news for you.

    As an experienced educator, I know that I am held to a different standard than others in the community. There are things that are expected of me when in public and there are things I simply just do not do to avoid setting a negative example for my students and former students.

  • ‘Going green’ helps China, hurts America

    County Council members obviously got a “warm and fuzzy feeling” by eliminating paper usage or as they said “going green.” They are going to buy USB drives made in China and stop buying paper made by American workers.

    I wonder if they stopped high fiving each other long enough to realize the largest employer in this area is a paper mill. When mill employees, wood growers and cutters, truck drivers, fuel and truck providers, and all the others that work indirectly in this industry are considered, the impact on the Lancaster economy is huge.

  • Writer: Tax on business income outrageous

    A recent article in The Lancaster News said the the sales tax increased to 7 cents per dollar on May 1. In fact, it increased to 8 cents on the dollar (6 percent sales tax, 1 percent local option and now 1 percent for the new courthouse). Businesses must collect this tax to be paid to the state. People grumble to the businesses and possibly take their business to counties who have less sales tax or out of state, and any of these outcomes hurt local businesses very much.