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Today's Opinions

  • Can property values handle aviation corridor?

    My first thoughts after reading the aviation corridor public hearing notice and glancing at the map overlay was that it won’t impact me because I don’t do much flying. But then reading that it’s a rezoning effort by the county raised at least one eyebrow.

  • Local workers want jobs with projects

    I am a Lancaster native. I have had my own brick masonry business since 1994 and I’ve been a brick mason for 25 years.

    I have never had trouble getting work, but it is different now. I have four other brick masons working for me.

  • Saving old jail is important to county

    There has been much discussion about saving Lancaster’s historic jail. There are those who think it is not worth saving for a number of reasons. Probably the prime reason for some is the repair costs.

    Other reasons include a lack of understanding of the significance of the jail. Therefore, there is no appreciation for its history nor the noted architect who designed it.

  • Writer offers history lessons to Ostram

    I am writing this response to Robert Ostram’s letter, “Don’t bother saving old jail.” Ostram wrote, “The editorial mentioned Robert Mills, the architect who designed the jail. I have never heard of him. Now, if he was Frank Lloyd Wright, that would be different.”

    Please allow me to enlighten Mr. Ostram. Robert Mills (Aug. 12, 1781 – March 3, 1855) is sometimes called the first native born American to become a professional architect. Charles Bulfinch perhaps has a clearer claim to this honor.

  • Historic jail should be preserved

    This letter is in response to the gentleman who has the opinion that the historic Lancaster County jail is not worth saving. He seemed to take great pride in knowing about the great architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, but admitted not knowing anything about another great architect, Robert Mills, who was born almost 100 years before Wright.

  • House speaker should rise above partisanship

    South Carolinians have a right to know the answer to this question from the candidates in the 5th Congressional District: “If elected in November, whom will you support as the next speaker of the House?”

    Considering the divisiveness and partisan struggles currently running through Congress, it’s crucial to know where congressional candidates stand on this important issue.

  • Valuable lessons were learned from oil spill

    When Jed Clampett was shooting at some food and some crude came gushing out of the ground instead, he achieved by accident what almost all Americans dream of – instant wealth.

    Often Jed, the patriarch of the 1960s show “The Beverly Hillbillies,” showed the sophisticated city slickers that he was the one with true wisdom – a wisdom that comes from living, not from a fancy college degree or from reading The Wall Street Journal every day or working in a high-rise office building.

  • Ms. Brenda a great asset to library

    I am writing to express my appreciation of Brenda Parker, the children’s librarian at the Lancaster Library.

    My grandchildren started coming to the library for Teddy Bear Time in 2005 when they were 3 and almost 2 years old. They were introduced to music, stories and educational games. They sang and heard stories using puppets.

    They experienced Rhyme Time and were introduced to picking up and putting away using song as a way of encouragement.