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Today's Opinions

  • Habitat’s success depends on support

    The Lancaster County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity is back, and the group is planning projects to help families in the community. Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing ministry. It seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action, according to its Web site, www.habitat.org.

  • Spratt has become Pelosi disciple

    Since the 2006 congressional elections when the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, it is abundantly clear that Congressman John Spratt has become a disciple of Nancy Pelosi and her out-of-control spending.

    Not one time since Pelosi became Speaker of the House has Mr. Spratt stood up and opposed Ms. Pelosi and her radically left wing agenda for America.

  • Lancers baseball become a reality

    It won’t be until late spring when we will know how the first University of South Carolina at Lancaster baseball team fared in its debut campaign.

    The weather will be wanner and hopefully there will be more Ws than Ls to help us swell with Lancers’ baseball pride.

    We’re hopeful, but that final mark remains to be seen.

    What can be observed is the Lancers’ diamond debut - on a Friday the 13th no less, was in baseball terms - a solid hit in the Red Rose City.

  • There could be many metaphors for the current recession, but perhaps none better than recent styles in blue jeans: you know the ones bought off the rack already shot through with holes?

    Pre-fatigued jeans best symbolize the mentality that has led us into this financial abyss.

    Prior to this fashion trend clothes in disrepair became that way because their owners wore them out. In the last decade, though, the trend has been to buy expensive clothes designed to look distressed. (I know of one case in which a roofer was paid $20 by someone for his raggedy UNC ball cap.)

  • Pace worked hard in transforming day center

    Thank you for the recent articles and opinion published in The Lancaster News concerning Family Promise of Lancaster County.

    This ministry will have a significant impact with people in our community who have special needs during a complicated time in their lives.

    Many people have worked hard and tirelessly to get Family Promise where it is today. Bill Hutchinson, and certainly others as well, cast a vision and now that vision has become a reality.  From planning to funding to building this hope to help is ready to serve.

  • Family Promise open now to help families

    What church do you go to? That was a question I was asked many times when I first moved to Lancaster. I had moved from New Jersey and when I spoke people knew I was not from around here and out of curiosity they would ask me what church I went to. So if I did not belong to one they were extending an invitation to me and my family to visit theirs.

    Many years later I find myself asking the same question. Being involved with Family Promise, an interfaith organization, most likely means you belong to a church.

  • Downtown merchants have community spirit

    I would like to share an experience two visitors to Lancaster had while visiting downtown.

    The couple was from Virginia and passing through Lancaster on their way back home from Georgia.

    They stopped to walk around our historic downtown district and visited Howell’s Art and Antiques on Main Street. The owner suggested they try the cinnamon buns over at the new coffee shop across the street.

  • Be vocal about closing of USCL

    In an earlier editorial I stated my disappointment in Gov. Mark Sanford’s recommendations to close all University of South Carolina regional two-year campuses, specifically the campus in Lancaster.

    I included specific data on USCL and the other services, not just academic, this campus offers the citizens of this area.

    I still await a reply from the governor or his budget writers. The following has been copied directly from the governor’s proposed state budget.