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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: Don’t play shell game with taxes

    Tax hikes and fee increases have been in the news a lot lately, as they always are this time of year. All across the county, residents are learning they will have to pay more in taxes and fees in the upcoming year.
    Lancaster County School District recently approved a 5-mill tax increase, which will cost the average Lancaster County homeowner about $20 more this year.
    The town of Kershaw’s budget includes a 1.2-mill tax hike, which will cost its homeowners $4.80 more in yearly taxes on a $100,000 home. It also increased its water and sewer bill by $7.

  • Column: S.C. Guard program helps refocus at-risk youths’ lives

    It’s one of society’s most important challenges – rescuing at-risk youth from a life of crime, drugs or hardship.
    Across the state and nation, people from all walks of life stand united in the shared goal of reaching out to troubled teens before it’s too late. Civic clubs, church groups, school organizations, government agencies and individual citizens alike devote much time, effort and resources toward helping at-risk young people.

  • Letter: Young need to put down guns; parents need to speak up

    To our young men: Put down your guns and pick up a trade to become the young man God created you to be.
    Your family is really those who suffer the most – your parents and children left behind, weeping for a wrong decision that you made. Making bad decisions instead of the right decisions, causing your parent to be in debt. Allowing your parent to explain to the child who is left behind, asking “Where is my father, where is my mother?”

  • Letter: Thanks to farmers market

    I would like to express my vote of thanks to the Lancaster County Farmers Market for the convenience of the location, prices, fresh vegetables and produce with their friendly service.

    Mark Adams
    Lancaster

     

  • Progress continues on Veterans Monument

    We continue to see a steady progress on the Veterans Monument since our last report May 29.
    Installation of underground utilities is complete. The three sections of curved wall that will hold panels of inlaid granite with veterans’ names has been built, but is not complete.
    Brick pavers purchased by sponsors and supporters have been laid. Cutting of the stone for the base and cap are complete. Cutting of the stone for the 10-foot mid-section is scheduled for the last week of July and the first week of August.

  • President needs to listen to people, follow Constitution

    I have been listening to our politician president trying again to scare us about consequences of not raising the debt ceiling and saying that we do not need a balanced budget.
    If we do raise the debt ceiling and do not cut a lot out of the budget, our credit rating will still be lowered, just like our personal credit would be lowered if we spend too much. What would happen to American families if we did not balance our budgets?

  • Make a big difference by helping with HOPE

    HOPE needs help. Helping Other People Effectively (HOPE) of Lancaster aids the community through its roster of caring volunteers.
    HOPE in Lancaster Inc. is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides short-term emergency assistance to those in crisis.
    HOPE has a crisis of its own. During the summer months, volunteer help tends to drop a bit with helpers taking vacation.
    At the same time, those in need, no matter the situation, need assistance.
    The clients can’t wait as their plight never takes time off.

  • Too many people rely on media to make decisions

    Did you know:
    u the Congressional Budget Office has estimated that Obamacare will cost the economy 800,000 jobs?
    u President Barack Obama was responsible for reducing retirement plan holdings of GM stock by 90 percent and gave the unions a majority stake in GM?
    u Obama failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina?