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Today's Opinions

  • Responding to 911 cell calls challenge

    About 3:45 a.m. on May 3, I was awakened by my dogs frantically barking. I got up to check and found three or four sheriff deputies in my driveway.

    Stunned, I went out to the porch. They asked me if I called 911. I told them I had not and that I was sleeping. They asked if I had a cell phone. I said I did, but it was turned off. They asked if I was alone. I told them I was. They said that someone had called 911, but could not tell where the call was coming from.

  • Sunny wants a chance to be your friend

    My name is Sunny. I am 3 years old, I think. I had a mama, brothers and sisters, but Mama’s owner decided we were too many mouths to feed.

    So, Mama’s owner packed us up, drove to a secluded place and let us out in the woods to fend for ourselves.

    Each of us searched for food and water, Mom and a friendly human.

    Then about two years ago I happened to be passing Mary’s house. She fed me, gave me a warm dry place to sleep and called me Sunny.

  • Writer to spend his $20 in Chester County

    I am writing in reference to your newspaper and local businesses asking me to spend $20 in Lancaster today.

    Thank you, but I don’t need anything from Lancaster this week. I don’t like the 8 cents sales tax.

    I don’t like Mayor Joe Shaw and City Council’s nuisance food tax.

    I have plans to spend my $20 at Catawba Fish Camp this week.

    Come on out and enjoy.

    Oops, I forgot, that’s in Chester County.

    Edwin Powers

    Heath Springs

     

  • Writer believes change is coming

    Collectively, we’re at rest over the economy, but the fears and stigma from the H1N1 virus seems to boost businesses lagging behind.

    I still have yet to cave into the pressure into staying at home. I’m not scared of the swine flu. After all, most researchers have said it’s just like the regular seasonal flu. It’s not a killer, at least, not yet.

  • Food Drive collects 8,400 pounds of food

    I would like to thank the residents of Lancaster County for supporting the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on May 9. Despite your own personal economic challenges, you opened your hearts and your pantries to give a total of 8,400 pounds of nonperishable food items for HOPE in Lancaster’s food pantry. Your sacrifice will truly make a difference in many families’ lives.

    Thanks also to all the volunteers who made this event happen.

    The letter carriers went the second mile to collect all the food items along their routes.  

  • Parents miss teacher cut due to budget woes

    I have a son who attends Indian Land Middle School and I have personally been very involved in the Indian Land schools, as my son progressed from one to the other. He played on the golf team and in the band. I am very interested in the quality of education he receives and in the quality of instructors from whom he receives this education.

    I just found out that one of the best teachers I have been privileged to know was refused a contract for next school year at the middle school due to budgetary cutbacks.

  • Driver didn’t bother to stop after hitting, killing pet

    This is to the girl who was driving a jeep down on Bailey Road in the Elgin community at 4:42 p.m. on Jan. 29. The speed limit is 35 mph not 65. I stood there and watched as you killed my little Smokey, who was my baby and my heart. You were so cold-hearted.

    You didn’t even put on your brakes after hitting him. You just sped on down the road leaving me there holding him as he died. I was so close I saw you look back but you just kept on. What if this would have been a human child instead of my dog? Would you have kept on? Would you have stopped?

  • Furloughs should be on table

    We learned last week that County Council will have to make some tough decisions in the weeks ahead as it finalizes the 2009-10 budget. Considering the condition of the economy, it really wasn’t surprising news.