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Today's Opinions

  • Abused children need their advocates

    Latin meaning “guardian at law,” a guardian ad litem is a person appointed by a family court judge to advocate for a child in a court case.
    This term isn’t commonly used in the daily vocabulary of most people. Because of confidentiality laws, most residents don’t have any idea how many child abuse and neglect cases that fill the docket of Lancaster County Family Court.
    However, for one group of Lancaster volunteers, knowing these children is a way of life.

  • Shake, rattle and post

    It was just another Tuesday afternoon when the shaking started.
    For some, it was just a soft rumble they figured was a truck backing up or a low-flying airplane.
    For others, the shaking was so bad it knocked pictures off walls and made buildings sway.
    The tremors rippled as far south as Georgia and north to New England, and in some places people were so scared they evacuated buildings and ran into the streets.

  • Fletcher’s dedication garners third award

    The Lancaster County foster care unit has quite a tradition going. For the third consecutive year an employee of the county foster care unit has taken the state’s top honor as Caseworker of the Year.
    The latest honoree is Chaundra Fletcher, who was honored at the Independent Living Conference by the S.C. DSS and the University of South Carolina.
    A year ago, Kenya Papillion received the honor, while Tracy Rabon won the award in 2009.
    Fletcher, who has a caseload of 19 children, is regarded as an exceptional worker.

  • Firefighter remembered as hero, all-around good guy

    When I was growing up, I had a lot of heroes.
    I especially liked the men on the show “Adam 12,” and Andy on the “Andy Griffith Show.”
    Besides the fact that these men were talented actors and made me laugh, I really liked that they wore uniforms and helped people.
    I still remember the first lines of the opening credits of “Adam 12,” about a 10-11 in progress.
    I still don’t know what a 10-11 is, but I know the police always showed up on time and the problem was solved.

  • Come show your support for veterans at parade

    The theme for this year’s Veterans Day parade and program is “Honoring Veterans Past and Present.” This year’s parade is Nov. 5.
    Lineup is at  9 a.m. and the parade will begin at 10 a.m. The route will be down Main Street to the American Legion Building, where the program will take place.
    Those attending the program can use the Market Street entrance to the fairgrounds for parking. The program is always a special event as we honor all veterans.

  • Cauthen touched the lives of so many people

    Cauthen touched the lives of so many people

    I did something Aug. 19 that I have never done before. I attended a funeral, only I was on the outside looking in. Usually when I go to a funeral, I go inside the church; but that day was different. 

    I, like many others, parked our cars in store lots and on the side of the road to pay homage to a fallen hero as he was brought to St. Luke United Methodist Church for the last time. 

  • Obama and Democrats report shadow jobs 

    Many years ago, a friend told a story of growing up so poor, his parents served shadow ham on a regular basis. What is shadow ham? This is when cured country ham was hung up where you could smell it for days or weeks before cooking and eating it. The aroma is shadow ham.

    President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats seem to be practicing shadow jobs.

  • Touching words too late for 3-year-old

    Touching words too late for 3-year-old

    I read Betty Ann Stevens’ letter, “Young need to put down guns, parents need to speak up,” in the July 29 edition of The Lancaster News. 

    There were some touching words in the letter. But those words were too late for my 3-year-old granddaughter, Jaylen Jackson. She lost her life to the negligence of others when she was shot and killed when she got caught in a crossfire.