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Today's Opinions

  • Attack on assistant principal was uncalled for

    I would like to respond to the assault on coach Bill Farrar, Lancaster High School assistant principal, and to the person charged with the assault, Rodney Thompson, and his family.

    Coach Farrar is a good person, as well as a teacher and coach. I have a son who attends Lancaster High School, as well as two grandchildren.

    Over the years, I have grown to know coach Farrar on a personal level. Coach Farrar would never attempt an assault on any student at Lancaster High School.

  • Send hugs to men and women in armed services

    Someone shared the following incident with me. I do not know where the story originated. It tugged at my heartstrings as I’m sure it will yours.

    A man was waiting in an airport for a flight that was on delay. While he was drinking a cup of coffee and feeling irritable, his attention was drawn to a group of soldiers entering the snack bar.

    This group was made up of mostly male soldiers with a few female soldiers. They were talking among themselves about Afghanistan, this being the first leg of their journey to that land.

  • Spratt's campaign represents his philosophy

    I read in The Lancaster News that U.S. Rep. John Spratt criticized Mick Mulvaney because Mr. Mulvaney voted against the S.C. Senate in spending money it did not have.

    I can understand why Mr. Spratt might find this action by Mr. Mulvaney offensive.  After all, Mr. Spratt seems to vote for every spending bill Nancy Pelosi puts in front of him whether the U.S. government has the money or not.

    Maybe Mr. Spratt’s campaign signs truly represent his spending philosophy, spend, spend, spend, whether we have the money or not.

  • Mulvaney. Haley call for return to principles

    Sam Slack’s guest column Sept. 15 might be subtitled “Label it libertarian " that makes it bad.” One might hope  ideas would get examined on their merits, not arbitrarily applied labels.  

    For Mr. Slack’s last paragraph, in which he asks how the various social and economic policies espoused by Ms. Haley and Mr. Mulvaney would stand for the good of all people, I would offer the following comments.

    Most of what Mick Mulvaney and Nikki Haley are saying derives from a few basic principles from which government has seriously strayed.

  • School bells will ring tomorrow

    It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over for Lancaster County schoolchildren. While autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next month, Monday morning thousands of local students will say goodbye to the carefree days of summer and return to the classroom.

    This week, teachers began getting their rooms ready for their new students. Their planning and preparation will pay off as they welcome students back. Many students will be sporting new clothes and shoes and carrying new lunch boxes and backpacks full of new school supplies.

  • Having own sign shop is a good idea

    Lancaster County Council’s idea to set up its own sign-making shop is a good one. The county is going to have to replace road name signs and traffic signs in the county within the next few years to comply with a federal mandate.

    The new signs must have more reflective features, which are meant to increase highway safety.

    The mandate requires all regulatory signs, such as stop, yield and speed limit signs, be updated in the county by January 2015.

    The county must replace all of its road name signs by January 2018.

  • Lancaster lost a legend in 'Itoo'

    My heart is deeply broken with the passing of Anasue Love also known affectionately as “Itoo.” She was a charming, classy wonderful lady, a Lancaster legend and more importantly – my friend.

    I grew to know her from my days of working across the street from her store, the Dianne Shoppe. She would walk over and lighten up the day with her quick wit, news or beloved dog, Trooper.

  • Connect with our future

    It is not a novel idea and it doesn’t take a PhD to know that children have a better opportunity to succeed in life when they have someone to support and encourage them. Ideally, that person is the child’s parent.  

    Sometimes, however, that role is filled by a volunteer Guardian ad Litem. The difference?

    A volunteer Guardian ad Litem is court-appointed to children who have been abused or neglected by their parents or other caregivers.

    The Department of Social Services has become involved with the family and a family court case has been opened.