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Today's Opinions

  • County responsible for Edenmoor

    Excuse me, Mr. Willis, it’s difficult for me to understand how the undeveloped property and community roads in Edenmoor could still be “private property” since the Forfeited Land Commission completed foreclosure proceedings, which I believe took place in the last months of 2010. And I’m pretty sure I could convince a judge who is legally liable for occurrences on the property while under the FLC’s control.

  • We need more people paying taxes

    Rudy Schmidt wrote an excellent letter, “An American fairy tale,” in the July 31 edition of The Lancaster News. That is more than what I can say for Gil Small, chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party. His column, “There are some in Congress we can rely on to get the job done,” sounded like it was from an AP President Barack Obama parrot article. He mentions debt-ceiling raises under President George W. Bush, but neglects to mention most of them were by a Democrat-controlled Congress.

  • Recycling is a real no-brainer

    The city of Lancaster plans to roll out (literally) its voluntary recycling program in September.
    While the city is starting off slow with its program, it is to be commended for initiating the effort to recycle plastic, bottles and jugs, metal and aluminum cans, as well as magazines and certain other papers.
    Marty Cauthen, the city’s solid waste director, said several residents had requested the city introduce a recycling program. After discussion and planning, officials devised a system that is not too costly to the city and residents.

  • Republicans are also using scare tactics

    It’s interesting to note that in the July 31 edition of this paper, Sandy McGarry’s column, “President using fear mongering to address debt ceiling,” accuses President Barack Obama and other Democrats of using scare tactics on the public. I find this ironic since the Republicans had no qualms about using these same kind of tactics during the 2010 elections.
    Hopefully, by the time this letter sees print, the debt ceiling will have been raised or extended and much of this letter may be rendered moot.

  • Alcohol sales on Sunday have nothing to do with eating out

    I’m writing concerning Sunday alcohol sales.
    If God’s people let this pass and do nothing about it, how is the love of God in us?
    In Indian Land, there are several restaurants to eat at. This is not about eating out: it’s all about the mighty dollar.
    No alcohol sales on Sunday is all that is left in this county that shows respect for God’s day.
    Lancaster County needs God, not alcohol sales on Sunday.

  • Don’t let law enforcement, USCL suffer

    I am very proud of Lancaster County Council and its efforts to bring us up to date on several fronts – the upgrades for our EMS and fire departments, the new courthouse, which we can all take pride in, and the support it gives our law enforcement.
    In recent coverage of the County Council meeting discussing the budget, I was concerned that some of our council members – after studying the budget for three months could not vote for “a blank sheet of paper.” Did Councilman Cotton Cole miss the meetings or was it an error on his part saying those words?

  • Consider serious options for improving our roads

    John Baker

    During the last few months, there have been several letters to the editor in respect to the deplorable condition of the roads in Lancaster County.

    None of us are happy with the deteriorating pavement, potholes and the increasingly questionable safety of the bridges, small and large.

    However, before we can come to terms with the problem and enact a solution, we must first come to terms with the costs to be incurred (i.e., what is the real cost of road maintenance).

  • Faris left her mark on Indian Land High

    The start of the 2011-12 school term will feature David Shamble in the principal’s office at Indian Land High School. Shamble, a former assistant principal since 2007, is replacing Kathy Faris.

    Faris, the IL principal for the last five years, resigned her post in mid-July, about a month before the start of the upcoming school term.

    Shamble, who considers Faris his mentor,  will no doubt continue many of the initiatives she started. But he will also have his own  agenda for the Class AA high school.