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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Chinese’ auction is not an appropriate term

    I would like to express my concern over an expression that is frequently used in The Lancaster News. Almost once a week, some group suggests that it will be holding a Chinese auction.
    I believe some other description would be more appropriate. I do not understand how it is acceptable to use an adjective describing more than one billion of the world’s population to describe an auction.
    If this is acceptable, then perhaps other ethnic groups would not mind if their names were hooked onto specific fundraisers.

    Ken Hazen
    Charlotte

  • Writer wants same appraiser county uses

    There was a story in the June 15 edition of The Lancaster New about residents concerned about proposed tax hikes by Lancaster County Council.
    The story said council bought property for the Buford EMS station for $233,038 and that price was based on appraised value.
    The county will now be spending taxpayer money to demolish and remove the buildings on the new EMS property in addition to building the new station. My issue is not with having a new EMS station in Buford, because I definetly think one is needed. My issue is with the amount of spending by County Council.

  • Fathers provide foundation for families

    Depending on which historical version you believe, the origin of Father’s Day was based on the same premise – since there was a special day to honor mothers, father ought to have a day, also.
    Sonora Smart Dodd is the name most associated with the origin of the special day. Dodd was listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909 when she came up with the idea. Her own father was the inspiration behind the idea. He was a Civil War veteran who raised six children on his own after his wife died.

  • Million Pound Challenge kickoff is tomorrow at Kmart

    Deborah Boulware

    Come to the Million Pound Challenge Kickoff this Saturday at Kmart and you’ll see me there – here’s why.

     Four Months earlier 

    I’m at a seminar just to support an agency that I truly believe in, when the nurse hands everyone a paper with a graph-looking thing. Then she says, “Step on the scale so we can calculate your BMI (Body Mass Index).”

    My first thought: “No way. I’m just here to listen.” In fact, I even say that to the nurse.

  • Wake-up call to stop the nonsense in Washington

    I am sick and tired of the federal government pushing its unconstitutional agendas down our throats. 

    First, it shoved a useless so-called stimulus plan down our throats, (using our hard-earned tax dollars), then an unconstitutional health-care law, which will force government control of health care. 

    Now, it is ethanol in the gas pumps, which causes our cars to burn more gas and eventually will ruin the fuel systems in vehicles not built to run with ethanol. 

  • LHS Class of 1951 enjoyed 60th reunion

    The Lancaster High School Class of 1951 held its 60th reunion June 4, 2011. Some traveled many miles to attend. They included LeJeune Davis from Texas, Bill Sistare from Florida, Johnny Blackmon Ghent, Nancy Criminger Sinclair and Johnny Willis from North Carolina, Mary Ann McWaters Wade and Mary Frances Evans from Columbia, Norma Whaley Richardson from Easley, Jimmie Durst Tardogna and Julie Sinclair Gasque from Rock Hill.

  • Mosier was invaluable to district

    Lancaster County District Superintendent Gene Moore knows a good thing when he sees it and doesn’t mind saying so.

    He’s emphatic about retiring Superintendent Administrative Assistant JoAnne Mosier, noting the 34-year employee as one of the “best things about coming to Lancaster County as superintendent.”

    In her final 13 years at her job, Mosier also worked with former superintendents John Taylor and Dr. Pat Burns.

    No matter who the superintendent was, Mosier worked with the same dedicated approach.

  • Chandler’s Law is big government at its best

    Recently, the S.C. Legislature passed and Gov. Nikki Haley signed Chandler’s Law. The law, which was named after Chandler Saylor, is meant to keep children safe while riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs.) However, I believe this law ultimately strips parents of their right to raise their child.