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Today's Opinions

  • Time to find alternatives for courthouse

    The Russians didn’t just invade Georgia – they cruised on up the interstate and seemed to have settled in Lancaster.

    After the terrible courthouse fire and troubling solicitor’s office blaze we read in The Lancaster News about SLED agents sniffing around trying to get people to inform on their neighbors and Steve Willis trying to get $12,000 so his mother might think about turning him in for the crime.

    But the important question that seems to have been brush-broomed away is the original issue of a new courthouse.

  • Options for building courthouse more like blackmail

    I agree with Dave Zolgman’s column “New courthouse doesn’t need to be $33M palace.” Why not renovate the old Winn Dixie? Is the old Badcock Furniture Store vacant? These are two possibilities. We don’t need a pretty building for our court system to function. How many rooms and what sizes do they need to be? Considering the high cost of gas, the increased cost of food/goods as a result of the high gas prices, the loss of jobs, and those living on a fixed income, we don’t need to spend a penny more than is necessary to run the court system.

  • Hood's disrespect for law cost innocent man his life

    The idea that the police are responsible for the fatal crash that killed John Haver points to a much deeper problem. Marqevius Deandre Hood had many chances to stop running from the police before he ever got to the bridge at the bypass. He had plenty of time to think and decide his course of action. He made a conscious decision to disregard the law.

  • No credible evidence of reptile-to-bird

    This is in regard to an article, "Which came first, the chicken or the egg?" on page 1B in the Aug. 22 edition of The Lancaster News.

    The National Geographic Scientists got it wrong again. Reptiles do not lay bird eggs, they never have and never will.

    However, reptiles may eat bird eggs and the birds too, but they cannot lay bird eggs.

    The National Geographic scientists have no credible evidence of reptile to bird evolution.

  • LIFT making a difference to many

    Finally, she had a reason to get off the sofa. Depression, fears, anxiety and the stress of life were too much for her. But with the help from folks at the Learning Institute for Tomorrow, Nina Hordych is off the sofa.

    Hordych credits LIFT for helping her see there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

    She shared her thoughts in a testimonial on LIFT’s Web site, learninginstitutefortomorrow.org. Others gave similar testimonials.

  • Writer: Criminal killed innocent man, not police

    On Aug 20, one of the kindest men I ever knew was killed. John Haver was 68 years old and had decided to ride his motorcycle to get some ice cream.

    He was lawfully riding on S.C. 903 when he was hit from behind by a man who did not have a driver's license and was speeding.

    When this criminal hit John from behind, the motorcycle was dragged about 100 yards. Then, the criminal abandoned his car to run and hide from the police.

    When I first learned about this, I was saddened that such a good and gentle man was killed so recklessly and criminally.

  • Let undocumented workers help pay for courthouse

    I betcha just about everybody agrees that we need to renovate the Lancaster County Courthouse and build a new one sufficient to meet our needs for today and into the future.

    Now, it seems that more issues are coming up. Judge Brooks Goldsmith had to make us start protecting our county buildings. Yes, they are county buildings, but those mentioned are located within the city limits of Lancaster.

    The burden of protection should be shared by city and county law enforcement agencies.

  • Lancaster County needs public dover field

    I grew up as a hunter and especially a dove hunter in Lancaster as a result of my father’s enthusiasm for the sport. He and I spent many years together on hot opening days of dove seasons sitting in a field listening to Clemson football and waiting for the birds.