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Today's Opinions

  • The promised change is already here

    What is going on? Our government says we’re out of a depression and our economy is doing great. Not. Our gasoline prices are going up because the oil people lost $54 billion from lat year. Do they not remember what happened last year? Does anyone have common sense up in Washington? Or does anyone really care about America? The good old boy club has the same people they’ve always had and we’re the losers.

  • Share memories of mill village with family

    Share memories of mill village with family

    Recently, a resident of the former mill village asked for assistance in reclaiming that area. Some years ago, Springs Industries divested itself of the neighborhood and sold the houses to employees. As time passed, a majority of the owners moved away. The homes fell into disrepair and neglect. Loyal law-abiding folks were unable to stem the tide of change and crime moved in – big time.

  • Prevent wrecks by using your turn signals

    Prevent wrecks

    by using your

    turn signals

    Have you ever been having a peaceful drive through Lancaster County, only to be jolted back to the present by the driver in front of you who almost caused a six-car pile-up because they failed to use their turn signal when changing lanes? If so, I believe I have a solution for this problem. Driving could be a more serene experience for those of us who drive, especially the novices.

  • Sanford should stop fight over stimulus

    Enough already. We get your point, governor – you want the state to use some of the stimulus money to pay down its debts, like any other responsible citizen would do.

    However, we’re not talking about just another citizen; we’re talking about the 4.5 million citizens of this state, who need that money to fund their schools and pay for public safety programs around the state.

  • Writer praises city officials

    I would like to thank Mayor Joe Shaw, Lancaster City Council, Mandy Powers Norrell, city  attorney, Helen Sowell, city administrator and Teresa Meeks, support services director, for your hard work and service you do for the city of Lancaster and its residents.

    Over the last five months, I had the opportunity to see what a great job your staff is doing for Lancaster.

    My hat goes off to your staff for their leadership and support. It is encouraging to see the great minds of city government come together to push this great city forward.

  • If you love your pets, don’t let them roam

    As a fellow animal lover, I am writing to respond to the letter by the Gonzales family over the recent tragic loss of their beloved pet, Banjo. I have to ask, “Why was Banjo out in or even near the road at all no matter what time of day without a leash on to restrain him?”

    Think about how badly the driver must have felt knowing they just killed something so special. How was this person to know which door to knock on? Did Banjo have a collar or an ID tag on with your name and address?

  • Hope it vital to county

    HOPE of Lancaster has been providing real hope to the people of Lancaster County for 26 years. In 1983, Susan Preslar saw a need to provide temporary help with the essentials of life to anyone who had lost their job. She met with the ministers and community leaders.

    Thanks to the generous donations from more than 140 Lancaster County churches, and many businesses and individuals HOPE has been able to feed and house families through many hard times since then.

  • Expect to work hard, have fun in fifth grade

    Editor’s note: Due to time constraints, Buford Elementary School fifth-grader Shirvie Jackson was unable to read her column on advice to fourth-graders during the Awards and Recognition Day on Monday, June 1. Here is the column.

    Dear fourth-graders,