Today's Opinions

  • Help fill students’ backpacks

    With only a few weeks of summer vacation left, the thoughts of parents and children alike are turning back toward school and all that entails.

    For many, that means new clothes, backpacks and school supplies.

    But for those parents who are are out of work or struggling to make ends meet, it just means one more thing to stress out about. If you can barely pay your rent, how will you afford school supplies for your children?

  • At-home detention program a good thing

    Lancaster  County Council should initiate a program that would allow for nonviolent offenders to serve their time at home.

    Those who serve their time through the program would have to wear electronic-monitoring devices that monitor where they are through GPS, or global positioning system, technology. The technology would allow authorities to easily keep tabs on those sentenced to home detention, as GPS technology would pinpoint where they are at all times.

  • Passionate about America's pastime

    Maybe you sat in the stands. Maybe you were a coach. Maybe your child or grandchild played on a team.

    You got caught up in the action. You shouted instructions from the stands, cheered the players and questioned the umps’ call.

    You moaned the dropped ball, the swing that didn’t connect and the failed stolen base attempt.

    You felt the adrenalin rush of the home run, the clinched glove holding the ball and the slide that worked.

    You dealt with the heat, rain and late games.

  • Time to allow sale of alcohol on Sunday

    An Indian Land woman is hoping to get a referendum on the ballot in November 2012 that would let Lancaster County voters decide whether they want to OK the Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at restaurants in the county.

    We not only favor putting the referendum on the ballot, we also favor approving the referendum. We believe Lancaster County restaurants should be allowed to sell alcoholic drinks on Sunday if they want to.

    Why not?

    What’s the point of restricting Sunday sales of alcohol at Lancaster County restaurants?

  • Hero gets his due, finally

    After about six hours of intense enemy fire on a Cambodian hillside, former U.S. Army Capt. John P. “Jack” Monahan knew his platoon could not hold its position. There was little food, water and ammunition left.

    They would have to withdraw. They adjusted artillery barrages to cover their movement. The wounded Monahan led the survivors to safety several hundred yards down a hill while carrying a wounded soldier on his hip with one hand and firing an M-16 with the other.

    They came to rest behind some huge tree stumps. That was May 19, 1970.

  • Grandmother mad about comments

    This letter is to address the online commenter “blond but not dumb.” You know who you are, you went online June 9 and made some very stupid comments about my daughter on our letter, “Jaylen’s family grateful for support.”

    Your comments were:  “I very much got the impression that the mother was taking up for her boyfriend. How could a mother live with herself knowing that she allowed the child to be around that kind of environment. The little girl was so beautiful and she shouldn’t gone through that situation.”

  • 'Previous letter writers ignorant of history'

    I find two recent letters to the editor to be stunning examples of ignorance of history and just plain myth.

    Rudy Schmidt consistently distorts history and wears the distortion like a badge of honor – to quote someone who I’m sure is one of his heroes – “There you go again.”

    Franklin Whittlesey Sr. is full of historic inaccuracy that I hardly know where to begin.

    1. Where does one find the “fact” to prove Obama has “contempt” for the U.S. or its Constitution?

  • City Council ignorant on knowledge of economics

    “This is not the time to save – it’s the time to spend. We’ve got to spend to help our economy.” This was a quote from city councilwoman Sara Eddins. These words were spoken in context to the 2 percent raise and the $20,752 to cover the 12.7 percent increase in health insurance coverage for city employees.