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Today's Opinions

  • Political stunt discredits our president’s jobs announcement

    Of all the challenges facing our nation, none are more pressing than getting our economy back on track.
    Our unemployment crisis has continued far longer than most economists predicted. Two-and-a- half years after the Stimulus Act was passed, with promises it would stimulate an economic recovery, and 15 months after the White House publicly touted the Summer of Recovery, the economic outlook remains dreary.

  • Help keep concrete plants from starting up again

    On May 19 of this year, Lancaster County rightfully gave notice to both Thomas Concrete and Concrete Supply that if they resume operations at their Perimeter 521 Commerce Park plants, they will be subject to daily penalties of $500 per day. This was due to their business activities previously being ruled as a non-conforming use in light industrial-zoned areas. In accordance with county law, once a non-conforming use ceases operations for six continuous months, it is not to resume operations.

  • ‘Separation of church and state’ not in Constitution

    I would like to respond to Merrel Wilkenfeld’s letter, “Radical right should embrace whole Constitution,” in the Sept. 4 edition of The Lancaster News.
    I am a conservative and also a Christian. And I wholeheartedly believe that every law-abiding citizen has the right to bear arms, whether it’s one shotgun to use for hunting, or 100 pistols, rifles and shotguns, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition in my safe. As long as they’re legal, it’s nobody’s business – including the government or anyone else.

  • Wilkenfeld needs to read Constitution

    I would like to respond to Merrel Wilkenfeld’s letter, “Radical right should embrace whole Constitution,” in the Sept. 4 edition of The Lancaster News.
    The phrase “separation of church and state” does not appear in the U.S. Constitution.
     
    Linda Bell
    Lancaster

  • Bruins have right to kick up their heels

    The Lancaster High School Bruins’ soccer teams are getting it done – on the field and in the classroom.
    Recent news about the LHS teams’ (girls and boys) academic success bears out the claim.
    The Lady Bruins posted an overall 4.3 GPA (grade-point average) for the 2010-11 school term, while the LHS boys finished with an overall 3.4 GPA.
    Obviously, the Bruins’ soccer squads are using their noggins for more than headers.
    The success of the teams has been duly noted.

  • Exports are a bright spot for S.C. economy

    If there is one thing many of us have unfortunately gotten used to over the past three years, it’s bad news about the economy. Layoffs, higher unemployment and lower expectations have become almost the norm.
    And while we know firsthand that this news is real, it isn’t the only side of the story. In fact, there is some good news out there as well. Exports, for example, are one place where things are looking much better. 
    Each year, more and more people around the world are buying products from South Carolina.

  • Don’t miss these two important meetings

    Two concrete plants – Concrete Supply Co. and Thomas Concrete Co. – are contesting the ruling (on their nonconformance status) at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15at the Building and Zoning Board (BZA) meeting at the Lancaster County Administration Building (101 N. Main St., Lancaster).
    This is an important meeting and we need everyone involved. These two companies have not been in operation since October 2009, therefore they have lost their protected status in I-1 industrial zoning.

  • You can make a difference in a child’s life

    In Lancaster County, the start of school usually means an increase in child abuse reports. While the occurrence of child abuse is never a happy subject, the news isn’t all bad. Children who have possibly suffered three long months of abuse or neglect are now back under the watchful eyes of their teachers.