Today's Opinions

  • Cooperative needs help to improve literacy rates

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation launched a literacy initiative in 2002 to address the alarmingly high rate of illiteracy (more than 50 percent) in the Lancaster area. Part of that initiative included facilitating the creation of the Lancaster Area Literacy Cooperative (LALC) as a way to focus energy on promoting greater community ownership of literacy.

  • Dirty tricks backfire on candidates

    In politics, it is the desperate candidate who has to stoop to dirty tricks. And they usually backfire which this one did.

    Mulvaney for Congress had a fundraiser in western York County on Saturday with U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint.

    Early Saturday, two things happened. A radio ad said this event was cancelled and a robo call said Mick Mulvaney would be unable to attend.

    Surprise. More than 600 people came to hear DeMint and the U.S. District 5th Congressional candidate.

    Sometimes, dirty tricks backfire!


    Lynne Carroll

    Indian Land

  • Mulvaney's mother-in-law disputes ads

    The Democratic Party has seen fit to run ads stating that Mick

    Mulvaney, our candidate for U.S. Congress 5th District seat, is against Social Security and will be voting to take away the benefits to seniors.  

    I can assure you that this information is completely false. I am Mick’s mother-in-law and he would have to support me if that were to happen.

    Isobel Hubbard Lynch

    Indian Land


  • We need prayer to turn our country around

    What has happened to our country? It is sad when we have to place a police officer in the halls of our schools.

    The county is talking about getting two new drug dogs and placing one at Lancaster High School. We didn’t have these problems before the government took discipline and prayer out of the schools.

  • Spratt displays blatant disregard for our welfare

    As I ride through Lancaster, Chester and York counties, I am deeply saddened by the number of plants and buildings boarded up and falling down as a result of Springs Industries moving the bulk of its business to countries south of the United States.

  • Help make 'Think Lancaster First' work

    It’s one of those slap your forehead moments followed by a “Duh.” Barbara Wrape, co-owner of Annette’s Hallmark House, has heard it before. Lancaster shoppers will buy an item in Rock Hill or Charlotte that is available right here in Lancaster.

    “Sometimes people need to be reminded of what we have here,” Wrape said.

  • Honest to goodness heroes

    In the final scene of the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy wakes up to find Auntie Em and Uncle Henry fussing over her after she had a bump on the head.

    But they aren’t alone; Professor Marvel and Uncle Henry’s three farm hands, Hickory, Hunk and Zeke show up, too.

    That’s the fairy tale version that ends happily ever after.

    Sometimes, life imitates art.

    It happened some six years on Rowell Road, when our daughter, Betty Jo, quit breathing in the middle of the night after a seizure.

  • The community caretakers

    It is amazing how far our fire service has come since, say, the 1950s.

    The story Rich Hill firefighters told me about cutting holes into a house and filling it with water to put a fire out still brings a smile to my face.

    Now, firefighters learn the science of fire in their intensive courses they must take in order to go inside a building and battle the flames.

    But what really gets me about these men, and women, is their care and concern they have for their communities.