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Today's Opinions

  • In trying times, folks will unite

    The United Way of Lancaster County’s kickoff offered reason to celebrate.

    The recent breakfast event, launching the local United Way’s 51st year, featured a helping of the customary early-morning fare of sausage, scrambled eggs and biscuits.

    The food had to have a taste of victory since the United Way’s board of directors said $450,000 was raised last year, topping the goal of $400,000.

    Those numbers had to produce smiles for the attendees at the thought of trying financial times here and across the state and nation.

  • Courthouse cost options: Sales tax or property tax

    In the Nov. 4 general election, voters of Lancaster County will have an opportunity to express their opinion as to whether sales tax charged in the county should be increased by 1 percent to pay for construction of a new county courthouse.

    The vote is not whether or not to build such a facility. That has already been decided. County Council is on record as expressing the need for a new courthouse and declaring that one will be built.

    We elect council members to use their best judgment in county matters and to make sound decisions when called for.

  • Save trees, vote against Mulvaney

    As usual, I read the majority of Mick Mulvaney’s recent “Statehouse Report” with little interest.

    As usual, he takes credit for the few “good” things coming out of the state capital, while ignoring all of the bad things like this year’s multi-million dollar budget deficit that he was actually involved in.

    Ignoring the deficit, he brags about the Department of Commerce spending hundreds of thousands of dollars for yet another planning study when Lancaster County already has a development plan.

  • Will Sharpton bring his compassion to Lancaster?

    The Rev. Al Sharpton is a busy man. He traveled to Durham, N.C., to defend a person who falsely accused three white, innocent Duke lacrosse players of a crime the courts determined never happened. The Rev. Sharpton seems to be a man of compassion and concern for those who have faced tragedy and and for those who have been placed into a situation of pure terror.

    I admired the Rev. Sharpton when he walked hand in hand in Charlotte with the mother whose son had been shot by a law officer.

  • Rich's ideology poses harm to S.C. schools

    Any good organization’s representative should also be an advocate. This is especially true for someone who represents the public schools in an era when too many people without substantive arguments are attempting to discredit public education to promote their own agenda. It seems as though test scores have created all sorts of instant experts.

    I will summarize my thoughts on that issue by simply saying that we would all do well to recognize that test scores tell us a lot less than there is to know about what is going on in our schools.

  • Time to take deep breath, be grateful

    Politicians are blasting each other, the financial wizards on Wall Street have goofed up, our Congress seems to be in disarray, our war in the Middle East continues, folks are cleaning up after storms and gasoline is in short supply.

  • Pregnancy Center celebrates 10 years

    On Sept. 18, nearly 300 people gathered together for the Pregnancy Care Center’s 10th Anniversary banquet. Many people came away that evening encouraged and uplifted in knowing that they were not alone in their commitment to help women and men experiencing unplanned pregnancies. People’s lives are changed and babies are born because of the love and truth offered them at the Pregnancy Care Center.

  • Powers Norrell best candidate for Senate

    I was born and raised in Lancaster. I now live in Columbia, but I keep up with what’s going on in my hometown. I would like to respond to Cindy Rodgers’ letter to the editor concerning the upcoming Senate race between Mandy Powers Norrell and Mick Mulvaney.