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Today's Opinions

  • Writer concerned about elderly neighbor

    I was startled by a knock on the door about 10 p.m. Jan. 3. A stranger at the door said my neighbor had sent him over.

    In the distance I could hear my neighbor calling out to me. I grabbed my phone and followed the stranger off my porch. As we crossed the street, he told me that he was passing by and my neighbor flagged him down.

    The night was very cold. I found my 94-year-old neighbor on her front porch. I asked what was she doing there and why she didn’t call me on the phone? She said her power and telephone went out.

  • Family grateful for pet rescue

    I would like to thank the Pettits, who rescued our dog from a creek. He had been missing for a couple of days and I decided to text a coworker who lives a few miles away to see if he was in her neighborhood. She immediately texted me back with information on his location.

    It turns out this nice man heard our dog, a 100-pound lab, wimpering from the creek. He went to check it out and our dog had been struggling for quite some time to get out.

  • USCL lifeline to county

    During Gov. Mark Sanford’s recent State of the State address, he cited the sterling example of Landsford Canal State Park superintendent Al James in neighboring Chester County.

    James drew Sanford’s praise for saving the life of kayakers on the Catawba River last summer. He  noted James “put himself in harm’s way” to perform his duty.

    If Sanford was impressed by James’ example, then he will soon learn, if he hasn’t already, that people from this area are known for an all-out effort to save something precious.

  • Don’t wait too late to express views about USCL

    I am writing in reference to Furman Joye’s letter, “Relax, Sanford’s proposal just that – proposal.” Joye said we shouldn’t make rude and crude remarks. He’s right. We shouldn’t make personal attacks on a person’s character.

    However, I don’t think we should write condescending letters either. When Joye wrote “Relax, Little Red Hen, the sky is not falling,” he was writing to adults as if they were children.

    Sanford’s proposal is simply a proposal. I think most of us get that.

  • Cut spending before closing USCL

    I am writing in regard to our so-called governor. Lancaster has already lost more than it can stand. Lancaster Springs Plant is only a memory. Grace Complex gone. Elliott, Leroy and Close plants are all gone. Our jobs have gone overseas. No one is hiring. Now Gov. Mark Sanford wants to close our college.

  • Lancaster area, USC – successful partnership

    It was early 1959. The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce had announced that a major goal for 1958-59 was to investigate the possibility of establishing a college in Lancaster.

    Julian Starr, publisher of The Lancaster News, was named chairman of the committee to pursue this goal. As Chamber of Commerce manager, it was my responsibility to assist Starr and his committee in their work.

  • Let’s help LHS band get new uniforms

    If you know any member of the Lancaster High School band, you probably know what the band needs and what its members are up to.

    They’re on a mission to raise between $30,000 and $36,000 to buy new uniforms to perform in during the fall marching season.

    It’s never easy to raise funds, and tough economic times don’t make it any easier, that’s for sure. But we hope you’ll support the band’s efforts. The band’s uniforms are now 14 years old. It’s time for the band to retire them.

  • Foundation seeks to help those in need

    One woman sleeps in her car at night. A man without a car walked nine miles to HOPE requesting food and other necessities.

    There are many similar stories. Elaine Adkins, executive director of HOPE, shared some of the stories with the Breakfast Rotary Club Wednesday morning.

    HOPE, which stands for Helping Other People Effectively, distributes food and utility assistance to those in need in Lancaster.