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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t forget the hungry during summer

    Although we may have seen the end of the cold weather, we cannot forget that many of our neighbors are still in need. As unemployment rates increase, the amount of need is increasing as well.

    Soon the semester will be over and school will be out for the summer. This means an end to school breakfasts and lunches. Families with school-aged children are going to need help.

    Agencies like HOPE and Christian Services have helped alleviate the need of many of our county’s residents. We must not forget about agencies like these.

  • Give Obama chance to fix problems

    I wrote the letter, “Face it: We have a black president.” Sonny Plyler and The Rev. Rex Faile wrote response letters. I waited to see if there would be more responses before I wrote a follow-up letter.  

    You can say what you want to say, but I’m going to speak up for my black president. And no, it is not a racist issue. You are making it out to be a racist issue. Obama has been in the chair right at three months and Plyler is talking about giving him an F.  He deserves an F for foolishness.

  • Today is Administrative Professionals Day

    Do you realize that Administrative Professionals Day, formerly known as Secretary’s Day, is today?

    It is the day set aside as an unofficial holiday observed on the Wednesday of the last full week of April to recognize the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals.

    This article is for the men and women who hold these positions and for the boss who doesn’t know about this special day.

  • Give all county students opportunity for scholarships

    I read with great interest the article, “Students receive GEAR-UP scholarships.” This program, according to the article, allows middle and high school students to earn as much as $2,000 toward college per semester until they graduate based on their grades, attendance, behavior and other factors.

  • Youth need our help to find self-worth

    I recently got a call from my son telling me of the death of a young man on Cunningham Street. My heart was floored as we spoke about one of the suspects who had asked him for a job in his concrete business just a few weeks ago. My son did not have any jobs as he is struggling himself to make ends meet and not getting hardly any work because of the economy.

    Then I started thinking about the shooting on Gregory Street several months ago. The young man charged in that shooting had begged me day after day restoring one of my houses on 16th Street.

  • First Lady: Education is cool

    It’s cool to get A’s. That’s not a message that kids get every day. In fact for years, being a brainy student has been thought of anything but cool. Nerdy, geeky and egg-headish. Yeah, sure. Those words are the ones that students who have excelled in school have had to deal with from their peers for decades.

  • Supporters appreciate help with getting band uniforms

    On behalf of the Lancaster High School Band Booster Club, I would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to the many individuals and businesses that assisted us in reaching our goal of new band and color guard uniforms.

    Our journey began with a Christmas tree raffle, selling Bojangle Discount Cards, and a band night at Pizza Hut.

    Café 901 sponsored our barbecue fundraiser and band night every Thursday in an effort to help raise money for new uniforms.

  • Reach out to struggling families before it’s too late

    While most families enjoyed a recent weekend, one unfortunate family in a Washington state trailer park did not. An argument at home left five children dead after their father killed them and later cowardly killed himself.

    Why would someone do something like this? The father should have been close to his children and cared for them.

    While we don’t know the situation surrounding the murders, I do know for sure that this tragedy could have been prevented.