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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Sometimes bad things happen to good people

    Please pray for Carl Player. He fell, hit his head and is dealing with head injuries. Some people think that bad things don’t happen to good people. That is not true.

    Carl Player is good man. He is a man of God. He helped build a room on to my house 20 years ago so I could bring Billy Dale home after his accident and not have to put him in a nursing home.

    We love Carl Player, as well as his family and friends do. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and we all wonder why. It’s not up to us – God is in control and has always been.

  • Your ring isn’t lost anymore

    Somewhere out there, a good Samaritan has been turning her home upside down after recently misplacing an heirloom diamond ring.

    You can sleep a little easier, now.

    Another good Samaritan found it and it’s in good hands.

    James Richardson, 13, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72 sponsored by First ARP Church, found your ring while volunteering at HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively).

  • Council doesn’t have enough info on business license fees

    License fees for small businesses is back again as an issue. Only four years ago this same issue was beaten to death or some thought.

    Apparently some members of Lancaster County Council want to pursue the issue again. Small businesses are the only businesses Lancaster County has. These small businesses already support this county.

    Larry McCullough, a new member of County Council, says we can’t become a top-tier county without charging (taxing) small businesses a business license fee.

  • Honor dad on his day

    Sunday is Dad’s big day. Honor him and give him a warm hug and special smile. It’s that one day annually set aside to honor those men who have played a major role in our lives.

    That special guy goes by several names – Father, Daddy, Dad, Pop just to name a few, and wears a host of hats.

    Father’s Day, celebrated the third Sunday in June, traces its early observance to July 5, 1908 in a church located in Fairmont, West Va., by Dr. Robert Webb at the Central United Methodist Church of Fairmont.

  • People should not mistreat animals

    This letter is in reference to B.J. Mishoe’s letter, “If you love your pets, don’t let them roam,” in the May 27 edition of  The Lancaster News. I want to thank her for bringing that to everyone’s attention.