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Today's Opinions

  • Unseemly blame-shifting on rising gasoline prices

    One of the tightropes politicians walk is finding ways to take credit for things that go right, while blaming opponents for things that go wrong.
    And before I go any further, let me acknowledge upfront that this time-honored tradition isn’t specific to either political party.
    But President Barack Obama and his re-election campaign organization have stretched their credibility pretty thin with their recent attempt to pin the blame for rising gas prices on the tea party movement.

  • Council members try to do what is best for Lancaster

    I am going to do something that doesn’t happen very often. I am going to defend Lancaster County Council. And yes, before I go any further, my father-in-law is Larry Honeycutt and my sister-in-law is Kathy Sistare (married to my brother, Mike). I cannot speak for everyone on County Council, but because I am close to these two, I will tell you what I see.

  • Take stock of county needs and address them

    There have been articles in The Lancaster News in the past months about how Lancaster County Council is spending our tax dollars. I have both heard and read about the outrage of many citizens of the county over the more than $500,000 price tag attached to the new EMS station on Rocky River Road in the Buford community.
    I read that the property purchased appraised at a value of $50,000 for tax purposes. Many Lancaster County citizens are upset that this same piece of property was purchased by the county for about $250,000.

  • County fortunate to have quality legislators

    We, the people of Lancaster County, should be proud that with House and Senate district changes, we now have Rep. Jay Lucas, District 65, as speaker pro-tempore.
    The changes make him the No. 2 representative in the general assembly and he’s there representing the people of Chesterfield, Darlington, Kershaw and Lancaster counties.

  • Potholes dangerous for vehicles, pedestrians

    To state road crews: We would like to see our roads in better shape.
    It really is bad when you ride down the road and try to miss potholes and then hit another one. It is dangerous to walk in the roads because you step in a pothole and hurt your feet or leg.
    We would also like to know that if we hit a pothole and tear up our cars, whether the state will pay to fix them.

    Pete Melton
    Lancaster

  • Vision would turn downtown Lancaster into a showpiece

    Lancaster needs industry. Retirement is an industry. Downtown Lancaster needs a shot in the arm. Why could these not be coupled?
    Baby Boomers are entering retirement in large numbers and those numbers will continue for quite some time to come. People who have spent their working lives in the North and Midwest want to escape the long, frigid winters and, contrary to popular belief, not every retiree wants to live on a golf course. Many people desire the ambiance of a vibrant downtown, where everything is within easy walking distance.

  • Lancaster News spotlights good news, too

    In a time when we tend to complain that all the news is bad news, I am reminded that is not all true.
    I read some very uplifting stories in the Feb. 12 edition of The Lancaster News that gave the naysayers reasons to reflect on the more positive aspects of the news and Lancaster specifically.
    The featured story of the remarkable, long, enduring friendship of the Rev. W.O. Thompson, Larry Honeycutt and Phil Cleveland is heartwarming and joyful. It shines a light on the value of being a good neighbor and friend.

  • Furr’s legacy continues through scholarships

    To turn a tragic event into something positive can be a catharsis. Sharon Furr knows. April 4, 2009, was a tragic day for Furr and her family.
    Furr’s sister, Cindy Furr, and her 2-year-old niece, McAllister “Mackie” Furr, were on their way to church when one of two vehicles racing on S.C. 49 in the Lake Wylie community crashed into Furr’s car. Furr died on impact and Mackie not long after. Also killed was 13-year-old Hunter Holt, a passenger in the car that crashed into Furr’s vehicle.