Today's Opinions

  • Rally citizens for real change, not these TEA parties

    I wanted to respond to the article, “TEA Party set for Saturday,” in the Jan. 8 edition of The Lancaster News. The wording gives the impression that everyone in Lancaster is supportive of the TEA Party.

    The article said that 250 residents showed up at the first party. More than 400 should up for the next two parties held in the summer and fall.

    Considering there are about 75,000 residents of Lancaster County, those 250-400 people represent an ultra minority in comparison to the total population.

  • Many prove that we're a caring community

    More than likely you’ve read it here before, but when it’s a community plus, repetition is in vogue.

    Lancaster is a caring community.

    We see it often each day in deeds major and minute, yet each act of caring has a profound impact.

    Take a moment to consider some recent acts of kindness to help those in need.

  • Tony suffered, but never complained

    The late Tony Beckham should have celebrated his 38th birthday on Jan. 26, but due to a rare Parkinson’s disease, his life was cut short.

    We, as a family, never lost hope even until the end. He was a great son and brother. If you knew him, you know what a great person he was.

    He brought so much joy to our lives. He suffered so much, but never asked why or never complained. His smile would light up your life.

  • County, Founders made good selections

    I would like to respond to Mary Helen Yarborough’s guest column, “Ain’t North Carolina Lucky,” and to the follow-up article from Jack Hammond defending Lancaster County Council and Founders Federal Credit Union for selecting out-of-town architects and general contractors for building construction.

  • We must restructure now to save our state

    Will the return of the General Assembly for the second half of the legislative session bring bold action tailored to our semi-desperate times, or small-time skirmishes over parochial matters? History favors the latter, but the times demand the former.

  • Vigil for unborn babies set for Jan. 22

    It is hard to believe we are in a year that once sounded so far into the future. Do we need a De Lorean and a flux capacitor to navigate this new era? Gosh, when I was 13 years old turning 18 seemed so far away. And now we are 10 years into the new millennium. Where does the time go?

    Unfortunately, as time has moved on for a lot of us, it still remains the same for the babies who are aborted and are at risk of being aborted. About 3,700 innocent unborn babies die each day in the United States.

  • Winning war in Afghanistan is important

    Why is winning in such a God-forsaken place like Afghanistan – a country with a population of only 28 million, 99 percent of them Muslim, 72 percent illiterate, a life expectancy of 44 years, a government that is totally corrupt, almost no industry, the world’s largest producer of illegal opium, and one of the most desolate regions on earth – so important to America?

    What would happen if President Barack Obama follows his far-left supporters and orders our military out of Afghanistan prematurely, before the enemy is defeated and destroyed?

  • We're glad to have our own festival

    We’re excited already about the first Red Rose Festival.

    It’s slated for May 7 and 8 in Lancaster and will feature games for children, live music, crafts and plenty of food. See Lancaster SC, the marketing arm for the city and county, will organize this event, which it aims to develop into the county’s signature festival.

    We say, “Hooray!”

    We’ve been waiting for this event for years.