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Today's Opinions

  • Writer seeks to enlighten the ignorant

    I read the news articles and letters to the editor regarding the high numbers of absentee ballot requests for the Nov. 3 special election. Since I am knowledgeable of the political process, I would like to enlighten the ignorant, who just do not know that writing a person’s name on a ballot is not illegal. If that person chooses not to reveal their identity until election day, it is perfectly legal. Disclosing who is requesting the absentee ballot is the illegal part.

  • We need to support McGriff again on Nov. 3

    I am writing on behalf of Charlene McGriff. I am asking every registered voter in District 2 to get out and vote on Nov. 3 for Charlene McGriff. I have known Ms. McGriff all of her life and I know she is very qualified to represent District 2 on Lancaster County Council. We all have watched her represent herself always with dignity and class. This is the type of person I support.

    According to voter registration, as of Oct. 9, 255 absentee ballots have already been requested. This means we got to get out and vote and override those absentee ballots.

  • Is unnamed District 2 candidate qualified?

    In the movie, “Forrest Gump,” Sally Field told her son, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” To me that means take what happens in life and deal with it.

    But that shouldn’t be the case in County Council District 2 election.

    What’s happening with the secretive absentee ballot issue means someone is putting forth a write-in campaign without identifying the candidate.

    Those of us voting at the polls and with valid absentee ballots do so legitimately.

  • County selective in zoning enforcement

    In the “Who took the pizza signs?” article in the Oct. 21 edition of The Lancaster News, Steve Willis said “zoning officials issue warning notices first and if the sign is not removed, remove the sign,” in regard to signage zoning violations.

    Here is an example of Lancaster County enforcing its zoning ordinances. Why does Lancaster County choose to do this selectively? For more than two years, the county has refused to enforce its zoning ordinances on the concrete plants at the U.S. 521 light industrial park.

  • Lancaster is lucky to get two fire grants

    Two volunteer fire departments in Lancaster County recently received news to cheer about.

    The Indian Land Volunteer Fire Department and the Heath Springs Volunteer Fire Department each learned in October that they have been awarded grants from the Assistance to Firefighters Fire Station Grant Program, which is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

    Each grant is substantial. The Indian Land department has been awarded nearly $1.7 million, while the Heath Springs department has been awarded $976,000.

  • Let scam artists know that legal voters in charge

    Thanks to all the people who wrote letters to the editor concerning the Lancaster County Council District 2 election. I agree 110 percent.

    The people behind this scam must think they are untouchable. Tampering with the voting process is a federal crime. I hope the folks in District 2 get out and vote and let this person or these people know that legal voters control this district.

    It is sad to think that whomever is in charge of this write-in campaign cannot accept the results of the primary. It is people like this who cause confusion when results do not go their way.

  • The focus on breast cancer awareness paying off

    Pink ribbons. Pink hair. T-shirts with slogans that say, “Fight like a girl.” NFL players wearing pink cleats. The icons are so familiar that you immediately you know they stand for breast cancer awareness.

    October is the 25th anniversary of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    The focus is on breast cancer awareness. Early detection, healthy lifestyles and education have helped saved the lives of many women.

  • Absentee ballot issue is 'underhanded politics'

    I just read the story about a write-in campaign against Charlene McGriff for the Lancaster County Council District 2 seat. I cannot believe we are going through this same issue again with the numerous absentee ballot requests.

    Voters made their decision for McGriff in the Sept. 15 primary. This unofficial write-in with no name being disclosed is underhanded politics. Voters in District 2, I urge you to get out and vote on Nov. 3. This absentee ballot scam has got to stop. If it is not stopped, every election in District 2 could go through this process.