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Today's Opinions

  • New courthouse doesn't need to be $33M palace

    The fire at our courthouse pressed me to write this in fear that some on council will use this disaster to push a fool’s plan forward.

    Some of our Lancaster County Council members believe they have found a way to pay for a new courthouse. I believe they need to wake up.

    Spending $33 million for a courthouse is fiscally irresponsible. I believe the county could buy an unoccupied building and renovate it for a lot less money.

    The new high school in Indian Land cost far less than they are planning to spend on this project.

  • Dream Team begins its second year

    The Lancaster News wrote on April 15, 2007, that “this promises to be an extraordinary day in the history of Lancaster County sports.”

    The newspaper was referring to the beginning of something that hundreds of local kids have been waiting on.

    They have been waiting on their chance to play ball, their chance to do what every child wants to do but was unable to until now.

    I am speaking of the Lancaster Dream Team.

    The Lancaster Dream Team is the first-ever free sports program for children with mental and/or physical disabilities.

  • Give voters information before

    The issue has changed. Before the Aug. 4 arson that destroyed the top floor of the historic Lancaster County Courthouse, county leaders were pushing for a November referendum in which residents would vote on a 1-cent local sales tax that would pay for the construction of a new courthouse facility.

    The new facility would be bigger and better, consolidating the county’s criminal and family court offices into one building, alleviating security issues and allowing the criminal justice system to work more efficiently in the county.

  • Shawn deserves silver medal

    I was fortunate enough to be watching the Olympics when Shawn Crawford was running in the final 200-meter race and was disappointed when he didn’t place for a medal.

    Then low and behold, he was moved to second place after his fellow American runner and a Netherlands runner were disqualified for stepping out of their lanes.

    The Charlotte Observer quoted Crawford as saying he didn’t deserve the silver medal and that he didn’t cross the line in second place. He said the medal was given to him, not earned.

  • Robin Hargett deserves praise for calling in courthouse fire

    Lancaster County needs to give a big thank you to Robin Hargett.

    She is the lady who called 911 and reported the burning of our courthouse as she was going to work early that Monday morning.

    Without her quick thinking it could have been much worse.

    I keep reading where a passerby spotted the fire and reported it, I have not heard nor read where her name was mentioned.

    She is a lovely lady with multiple talents. She works for Leigh Ann's Restaurant and was going work to cover the 5:30 a.m. shift.

  • Crawford shows mettle for medal

    An ageless saying, often repeated in sports, is “you make your breaks.”

    Then, there’s a line that suggests luck is when “preparation meets opportunity.”

    Those words seem appropriate for Van Wyck’s Shawn Crawford in the 200-meter dash final at the Beijing Olympics.

    The race – a Bolt and jolt – saw world-class sprinter Usain Bolt blaze to a world-record win – 19.30.

  • Sales tax is the fairest way to pay for new courthouse

    How sad it is to ride past our courthouse and see the charred remains of the roof and know there must be additional damage within. It is another example of how sick some people have become to try and destroy something that means so much to so many.

  • Constitution gives us all right to state our opinion

    I would like to respond to Bobby Payne’s column, “Do your research before choosing next president,” in the Aug. 15 edition of The Lancaster News.

    She was understandably proud of her son. I can appreciate that. She has every right to be.

    I am somewhat confused by her anger at Sen. Barack Obama.

    She said she thought it was ironic that at the same time her son was leaving to defend America a prospective presidential candidate felt he had to travel halfway around the world to gain support of Germans to become our president.