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Today's Opinions

  • Those living with Alzheimer’s need support

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released its draft framework for a National Alzheimer’s Plan, one year after the signing of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. The bill was supported 100 percent by all members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.
    The effort to bring the disease to the forefront of national consciousness is a driving force for millions of caregivers whose loved ones have been stricken by this disease.

  • No one is totally safe

    Are you a warrior or a victim? That was the question Maj. Matt Shaw, undersheriff at Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office, presented to those at a personal safety awareness class. A need for such a class was necessitated by the recent rage of violent attacks in Lancaster County.
    Just days after Christmas, Kershaw resident Hope Melton was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and brutally beaten to death with a baseball bat. Her body was thrown in a desolate area known for coyotes and other animals.

  • Uncontrolled target shooting in residential areas dangerous

    Editor’s note: Indian Land resident Colin Wilson sent this letter to the members of Lancaster County Council regarding target shooting in residential areas.
    Ihave read that you are considering an ordinance concerning residents shooting on their private property.
    I am a resident of Indian Land, a longtime National Rifle Associaion member, an avid skeet, trap, rifle and pistol shooter, as is my wife. We live on McFalls Drive off Carolina Acres Road in Indian Land. More than half of our neighbors are NRA members, hunters and shooters.

  • It’s time for us to repair the world

    We live in a world where world peace is possible. We also live in a world that could collapse at any moment. “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” Mark 3:25.
    We live in a world that includes everyone regardless of citizenship, ethnicity, gender, income or merit. Homo sapien, our species, literally means “wise man.” Are we worthy of being called wise? Based on millenniums of death and destruction a more worthy name should be “dumb man.”

  • To be fair, Lancaster deserves its respect

    Fairness is one of the first lessons you learn in reporting. Give both sides.
    The recent CNN story about Lancaster, on the heels of the S.C. Republican Primary Jan. 21, wasn’t a true reflection of our town.

  • Woman grateful to those who helped her

    I would like to thank all of you who stopped to help me a couple of weeks ago. I slipped off a curb going to my car and several people ran to help me. It was raining and one man held an umbrella over my head until EMS arrived. Someone put my bought items in my car and another man called my husband.
    There are people in this world who care and will stop to help others in distress.
    Blessings to all who helped.

    Mary Buckley
    Lancaster
     

  • Time to put partisan politics aside, work together

    I would like to respond to Rudy Schmidt’s column, “Government run by thieves and tax cheats,” in the Dec. 23, 2011 edition of The Lancaster News.
    I always enjoy discussions of history and taxes. How the Mesopotamians or the Romans or people in the 1850’s or in 1913 were taxed, while interesting, is largely not relevant in our 21st-century world in which technology and society are changing much faster than in the past. History can help us learn from mistakes.

  • Ask LARS for accountability

     I sat in the County Council meeting on Jan. 23 to listen to the various proposals being set forth for the Lancaster Area Ride Service (LARS) transportation system.
    What I heard was an impassioned plea from one user of the system to keep it, her justification being that it wasn’t that expensive. I’m sure what she meant was that it wasn’t too expensive for her personally.
    I heard the Catawba Regional Council of Governments official speak, and I heard something from the J. Marion Sims Foundation representative.