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Today's Opinions

  • Writer: Old jail is not worth saving

    I read the editorial about saving the old Lancaster County jail. I do not believe it needs to be restored because it is useless to the public. How many people have come to look at it?

    Everything old is not historic. We now have an old courthouse that probably no one will go in. There are old jails in every town. That does not make them unique. It is not like everyone who has been there has such good memories.

    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.

  • Writer expands on two issues in newspaper

    There were two articles in the Wednesday edition of The Lancaster News that caused me concern and that require strong comment and rebuttal.

    On page 4A, there is a human interest story about a flag being damaged that I thought unfairly characterized the reputation of Renee Bozeman, who reported that her American flag had been vandalized.

  • Old Barr Street school gets new life

    The building, which once was the home of Barr Street High School and Barr Street Junior High School, sports new life.

    The building, which for the most part has seen little or no activity since 2003, has been renewed through the work of Hope on the Hill, a local group led by the Rev. Wayne Murray to boost opportunities for youth.

    Plans called for the renovated facility to open in late June, but the opening is now set for Saturday due to complications with the alarm system.

  • We should preserve old jail

    I am delighted that The Lancaster News reported July 2, 2010, that there was strong support to save the old jail.

    The price to rehabilitate the jail seems reasonable. This building has stood since 1823, about 200 years. That proves how well it was originally constructed. The structure is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

  • We need responsible parents

    I want to respond to Jenny Arnold’s article, “Reaching rebellious youth focus of community forum.” There have been candlelight meetings, marches and prayer meetings to bring awareness to the problem of young people killing young people. But there are no solutions that the community likes. Before we can generate a solution to any problem we must understand the cause of the problem.

  • Let's not regress to Third World status

    When I read the four letters to the editor in Wednesday’s paper, I thought of some lines from W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming.”

    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

    At a time when our state’s reputation has reached its nadir in the nation and the world, there are plenty of people who want to drag us back to the Middle Ages and turn our affairs over to the generals and clerics.

  • First Amendment faces ongoing controversies

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    The First Amendment was written because at America’s inception, citizens demanded a guarantee of their basic freedoms.

  • No team finer than Carolina

    “We hail thee Carolina and sing thy high praise...”

    Those opening words to the University of South Carolina alma mater carry a little deeper meaning today.

    The USC Gamecocks, a never-say-die unit personified, are the toast of the college baseball world. The Gamecocks scratched and fought for their elite status, college baseball’s “Cock of the Walk,” if you will, with the 2010 NCAA national championship they won Tuesday.