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Today's Opinions

  • Council honors a trio of stars

    Lancaster County Council recently honored a trio of state champion softball teams.

    The three Lancaster County state softball champion teams were the toast of the council chambers after their splendid summer title runs.

    The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission Mites soccer all-stars captured a pair of wins at James Island.

    The Lancaster County Mites stars, ages 11-12, defeated Conway 2-0 to open the state tournament and then completed the title task with a 3-2 overtime win over Beaufort.

    The tight win over Beaufort came in an overtime thriller.

  • So much depends on an accurate Census count

    Have you started making New Year’s resolutions yet? This year make a resolution that you can keep.

    Forget about going on diets; it doesn’t work. I have tried and still weigh way more than I should. This year make a resolution to promptly complete the U.S. Census form when it arrives in your mailbox in March.

    This year that should be an easy resolution. There are no more long forms. In 2010, everyone gets the short, 10-question Census form. It should take less than 10 minutes to complete the form and put back in the postage paid envelope.

  • Good to be home for holidays

    The first Christmas card that arrived in my new mailbox marked the official establishment of my place back home.

    The old house I inherited, once dim and lonely, now joins others along Forest Drive in heralding the season with decorations and lights. And it appears Santa’s reindeer have found a permanent home here, too.

    For years, I had yearned to look out the windows of the breakfast room to watch the birds flock to the dogwood trees.

  • Hargett deserves recognition

    Robin Hargett is a Lancaster County hero. She has a special honor to remind her of a noble act.

    At a Lancaster County Council meeting earlier this month, Hargett was presented one of the original handmade bricks from the historic Lancaster County courthouse.

    Hargett’s alert action came during the early morning hours of Aug. 4, 2008.

    A waitress at Leigh Anne’s restaurant on Catawba Street, Hargett had arrived at work at 5 a.m. that summer morning.

  • It’s important to set the record straight

    I feel obligated to set the record straight. Lou Desser, of Indian Land, made a serious error of fact when he expressed his disagreement with my recent letter to the editor.

    In my letter, I strongly criticized President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder for their decision to move the trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the confessed mastermind of 9/11, from Guantanamo to a New York City federal court.

  • Important to remember the true spirit of Christmas

    One of the many childhood memories I have of Christmas is seeing all of the lights and decorations throughout homes and neighborhoods during the month of December.

    As a child, my parents would take the family out at night and drive slowly throughout Lancaster to see all the homes lit up for Christmas, along with Nativity scenes, Santas, Frostys and Rudolphs decorating the front lawns.

    We would leave on Christmas Eve and have a get-together with a friend, then before returning home, we would drive around and see the Christmas lights.

  • Yarborough’s column focuses on positve news in area

    I enjoyed Mary Helen Yarborough’s guest column. “There comes a time when you realize what’s truly important,” in the Dec. 16 edition. I look forward to future observations from one who has returned to her roots.

    My “Remember When” articles are based upon memories of long ago. Mary Helen has offered some refreshing comments about nowadays. I certainly look forward to her future articles. Lancaster, my hometown, is going through some troubling times and so are many of its citizens.

  • Family Promise deserves a shout-out

    Little did Sharelle Durham know that the renovated child care center just doors from her Moore Street home would one day play a major role in her life.

    The renovated child care center became the Family Promise Day Center, where more than 100 people showed up to witness the ribbon-cutting on Feb. 1. That Sunday marked the culmination of a two-year effort to the get the program that helps homeless families in Lancaster County off the ground.