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Today's Opinions

  • It's time for tough decision on fire district

    From the halls of Congress to the halls in small towns, the message is clear: No more taxes.  No one wants to pay more in taxes. But when there is a dire need and no way to pay for it, sometimes that is the only answer.
    Such is the case in Indian Land. There is an effort under way to create an Indian Land Fire Protection District. The district would buy new equipment, station furnishings and fund new and existing firefighters.

  • It's time for winners to get to work

    I got up morning of Nov. 3 to see that the Republicans have won back the U.S. House. Good, now let’s get back to work on fixing America.
    OK, you’ve won. But if you go back to the days when Republicans had control over both House and Senate – when nothing was accomplished but spending, spending, spending – you will be held accountable for what you do.
    The spending started under President George W. Bush. He was not a true conservative, and the Obama administration added turbo spending.

  • True measure of our country's strength

    Years ago, I had an opportunity to instruct a young girl whose parents were from another country. During my time with her, I learned a lot about her and her family. She told me a story that stayed with me through the years.

  • Sunday alcohol sales just a tax revenue issue

    In response to Heather Breedlove’s letter regarding Sunday alcohol sales, I’d first like to say, I find its placement on the page ironic, if not comical, right next to the article entitled “Chamber wants you to Think Lancaster First.”
    Secondly, I must say I find it bewildering how Ms. Breedlove tries to make a connection between so many random things and Sunday alcohol sales.
    As far as U.S. 521 turning into a major thoroughfare with stop lights and heavy traffic flow, that ship sailed when Walmart broke ground.

  • Firefighters receive deserved recognition

    The human line snaked around the back of the County Council chambers on Tuesday night. One representative from each of the 19 fire departments in Lancaster County stood quietly. Most were fire chiefs and dressed in their best dressed uniforms.
    They were there to get some well-deserved recognition. Lancaster County Council Chairman Rudy Charter presented a special plaque and proclamation to each member citing their vital contribution to the safety and protection of county residents.

  • Line at ILHS kept couple from voting

    My husband and I are senior citizens, retired and living in Cobblestone. We have both voted since we have been able to, in many states throughout our married life, as my husband is retired military (U.S. Coast Guard) and we’ve lived in many places.

  • Brice's made impact – on and off the field

    The recent retirement of Will Brice’s No. 10 jersey at the University of Virginia drew a host of local folks, family and friends, to the special occasion at halftime of the Cavaliers’ ACC clash with the University of Miami.
    Much like news of Will’s honor, that came as no surprise. When I first heard of the honor, some folks, who were unable to attend in body, I know were there in spirit.
    Those three special folks are Will’s father, the late Laurie Brice, and his maternal grandparents, Brown and Sue Wylie.

  • We must stop domestic violence

    Imagine, your mother, daughter, sister, relative or close friend being beaten by her spouse or boyfriend.
    Imagine severe bruises on her face and body where she was punched over and over again. Imagine being hauled around with a gun held to her head.
    Imagine her having to go to work or school where she had to face co-workers and classmates. Imagine everyone talking about her but no one offers to help her.
    Imagine three months later she was found dead, beaten and raped by her partner. Imagine what you could have done to help her.