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Today's Opinions

  • Is there good news?

    I used to enjoy watching the news after work, but haven’t seen any good reports in a long time. So, my free time is spent doing yard work, listening to radio or reading authors like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly and Anne Coulter.

    Liberals see these folk as far-right. I chuckled when Beck recently quoted Chavez in Venezuela that he and Brother Castro better watch out or Obama will take over the lead to an all socialistic society.

  • Mary Atkinson’s letter, “Join in battle to save unborn babies,” published in the May 17 edition of The Lancaster News was a call to protect the life of the unborn.

    As parents of two adults with disabilities, some would say why would we want them? We believe they are a special gift from God in our lives. Every unborn is special no matter how it was conceived. It is special in God’s sight. Why kill the baby? What did it do to be killed? The mother has many people who are willing to help her in every way.

  • Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department is needed

    I am asking Lancaster County Council to please vote against the closing of Pleasant Hill Volunteer Fire Department. I am a resident of the Pleasant Hill community. Morris Russell wants to close the Pleasant Hill VFD, which has been here a long time. His grandfather and several other men started this fire department in the 1950s.

    Pleasant Hill has helped many people over the years and the firefighters have risked their lives to help others the same as the other fire departments.

  • Business license fees will cripple small business owners

    Lancaster County Council is looking into putting in a new business license fee to generate more revenue. These licenses will be for anyone running a business – cutting grass, tree service, stump grinding etc. This is only to generate money for them to give more raises. When you have an 18 percent unemployment rate, all a business license fee does is cripple us, the small business owners, when we are aready down. Please give us some help. Don’t keep knocking us down. Selling produce from your own yard should not be a crime. A lot of people are just trying to get by.

  • New center a testament to legacy left by Blackmon

    The late Preston Blackmon was the type of person, who once you met, quite likely you would not forget. Recently a move was made that no matter how much time passes, Blackmon’s name will be honored by future generations of Lancaster County residents.

    Blackmon, who died last fall, was recently honored posthumously with the Preston Blackmon Family Success and Career Center.

    The ribbon cutting was held May 15, with the open house two days later in the area of the Deliverance Word of Faith Church.

  • Knowing Boyce Payne made you a better person

    On June 4, Boyce Jackson Payne was killed in an accident. Boyce owned Payne’s Garage & Alignment. I was Boyce’s first employee and I want to tell you a little bit about him.

    Boyce was an honest person, who would give you the shirt off of his back. Boyce was not rich monetarily, but was wealthy spiritually. He would help people who were down and out and sometimes they would pay, but mostly not.

    Boyce’s insistance on trusting people and giving credit negatively affected his bottom line, but he was more interested in heavenly rewards than earthly ones.

  • Sometimes bad things happen to good people

    Please pray for Carl Player. He fell, hit his head and is dealing with head injuries. Some people think that bad things don’t happen to good people. That is not true.

    Carl Player is good man. He is a man of God. He helped build a room on to my house 20 years ago so I could bring Billy Dale home after his accident and not have to put him in a nursing home.

    We love Carl Player, as well as his family and friends do. Sometimes bad things happen to good people and we all wonder why. It’s not up to us – God is in control and has always been.

  • Your ring isn’t lost anymore

    Somewhere out there, a good Samaritan has been turning her home upside down after recently misplacing an heirloom diamond ring.

    You can sleep a little easier, now.

    Another good Samaritan found it and it’s in good hands.

    James Richardson, 13, a member of Boy Scout Troop 72 sponsored by First ARP Church, found your ring while volunteering at HOPE (Helping Other People Effectively).