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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t forget to go vote in primary tomorrow

    Tomorrow, registered voters across the state will be able to exercise one of the most precious privileges democracy grants us – the opportunity to determine who will represent them in their government.
    And though local voters have no local contests to decide, the first-in-the-South Republican primary will determine who will be on the Republican presidential ticket this fall.
    Voters will choose between these GOP presidential hopefuls:
    u Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
    u Texas Congressman Ron Paul
    u Texas Gov. Rick Perry

  • Community newspapers strengthen hometowns

    In Pickens County, the local Meals on Wheels program announced in early January that it’s teaming up with another organization to prepare emergency food packages for homebound people in case inclement weather creates hazardous driving conditions, which prevent Meals on Wheels volunteers from being able to deliver food, according to the Pickens Sentinel.

  • Climate change costs you

    What do cars, computer hard drives, hamburgers, chocolate, coffee, peanut butter, wine cotton tee shirts and Kentucky bourbon have in common? They’re all likely to cost more in coming months and years for the same reason: climate change.
    Globalization has brought us many wonderful things, like cheap jeans and bananas in February. But lately, the global economy is taking a hit from global warming, as extreme weather increases the price and decreases availability of United States imports and domestic goods.

  • Our View: Candidates should court all voters, not just older ones

    The Republican primary season is in high gear in South Carolina, evidenced both by the number of campaign signs popping up like mushrooms in area yards and the number of presidential hopefuls racing around the state.
    This week, GOP presidential hopeful Texas Gov. Rick Perry made two stops in Lancaster County – both to talk with senior voters. He stopped Tuesday morning at Sun City Carolina Lakes, where he spoke at the Lake House, then stopped to have lunch with the Retired Council of the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce at Charley’s Cafe.

  • Hewett letter: Christmas is not in the Scripture

    I thank The Lancaster News for sharing the Scripture (Luke 2:1-20) in the Dec. 25 edition.
    There should be one small correction, please.
    “Christmas” is not in Scripture, but an invention of the Roman Catholic Church, as the actual birth date of the Messiah is not in Scripture.
    The word “Christmas” is a combination of the words “Christ” and “Mass.”
    The word “Mass” means death and was coined originally by the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Whittlesey column: It’s time for Americans to wake up to reality

    This is in response to Sheila Bickford’s column, “Why hasn’t our congressman supported American Jobs Act?”

  • For improvement, look in mirror, not to Washington

    Editor’s note: Portions of Greg Gregory’s guest column were omitted in the Jan. 6 edition of The Lancaster News. Here is the column in its entirety.

    “Your life isn’t changed by the man that’s elected..” – Avett Brothers
    Americans look with desperation to Washington to solve our problems. For many of us, however, our largest problem is in the mirror. For what we are doing to ourselves through lack of exercise and an atrocious diet presents a much greater threat to our well-being than an entrenched Congress.

  • Stump was a mainstay in voting office

    In more than two decades of service as the director of the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission Office, Cassie Stump has seen plenty.
    During her 20 years with the county, Stump has seen voting go from the use of paper ballots to the now easier-to-use touch screens at the various county precincts.
    “Now we have electronic voting equipment, which is so easy to us,” said Stump, who retired from her duties Dec. 30.