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Today's Opinions

  • We need true leadership

    Leadership. Vision. Judgment. These are the three essential ingredients of effective governance.

    In lieu of responding to all of the musings, individually, relative to increasing the sales tax, property tax increases, new courthouse, county government building security, etc., etc., that have recently appeared in The Lancaster News, let’s stop for a moment to examine our County Council’s record.

    Effective public leaders:

    n Have the foresight and responsibility to secure the government’s assets. This includes both human and physical assets.

  • Benjamin, Spratt-Ingram deserve honors

    The summer of 2008 will go down as a banner campaign in track and field.

    Indian Land’s own Shawn Crawford, a Van Wyck native, dashed to a third medal in the men’s 200-meter at the Beijing Olympics. He won a gold and silver in the 2004 Games at Athens.

    Crawford, who originally finished fourth in the race, appeared to have a silver medal locked up after two runners were disqualified for stepping out of their lanes.

    A counter protest from one of the runners is pending on whether Crawford will get the silver or the bronze.

  • Pringle thanks Hartley for article about project

    There is so much going on in Lancaster - children being hurt, a historic building burned and a tragic hit-and-run accident that killed an innocent man. I continue to pray for these situations and the families who are suffering. With all that is going on, we need to take the time to say some thank yous.

    I want to thank senior reporter Jenny Hartley for writing the article about the transition housing program, the R.J. Osborne Compassion Project, that I am working on.

  • We're asked to pay for courthouse we don't ever use

    I was reading about the tax increase to pay for a new courthouse and then I read William Hough’s letter about the $33 million cost to build it. I want someone to explain to me, why?

    My mother, Linda S. Stevens, was killed in a car wreck on July 2, 1999, when an out-of-state trucker failed to yield right of way and plowed into the side of her minivan, killing her and putting my aunt on life support for two months.

  • We've had some trying times

    There was good news and not-so-good news revealed about Lancaster County at the recent State of the Community meeting.

    A local developer and city, county and school district officials shared the information at the meeting sponsored by the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and LGI Land-Riverchase Estates.

    The good news:

  • Rudy Carter sounds just like a politician

    Rudy Carter was quoted as saying, “The public has got to understand the court is the prominent voice of the law.

    When you walk in a courthouse, you have to feel like you’re in a court of law.”

    The first sentence makes “the law” sound like some kind of mystical thing, more like a religion than what it really is.

    Unlike God’s Law, our law is simply a set of rules man has set to maintain order and protect citizen’s rights.

  • What politics should be

    Sometimes it seems that getting politicians to focus on issues is a lot like getting kids to eat their vegetables – and there’s some truth to that.

    Most politicians explain this by blaming voters, saying we don’t care about ideas. They assume that we’re more interested in a discussion of unwed mothers or irate preachers – or about where someone’s kids go to school. Certainly, most current politics is aimed at that level (or lower).

  • Business owner thanks patrons

    Kershaw is a wonderful beautiful small southern town with folks from all walks of life.

    For me what makes Kershaw so special is its people. They are straight-forward, kind, caring and friendly.

    The pride of the south has left a record of courage and audacity that endures to this day.

    The American Dream I believe in is a good work ethic my grandpa taught me to work six days a week and go to church on the seventh day.

    I have always taken my job seriously and I'm very proud that I can help and serve with hard work and sacrifice.