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Today's Opinions

  • Writer thanks good Samaritans

    I would like to say a big thank you to two groups of people. I don’t know if they read The Lancaster News. I just know that some of them live in Lancaster.

    On July 4, my husband and I, and our two friends, went to sail on Lake Wateree. We had a very good time until all of the sudden a storm came, with gusty winds, waves, heavy rain and lightning.

    Our boat was spinning out of control, and I thought it was about to capsize.

  • Writer thanks supporters for Jerry Baker benefit

    Writer thanks supporters of Jerry Baker benefit

    I would like to thank everyone who came out to the benefit for Jerry Baker on June 28, 2008 at Camp Clyburn.

    A special thanks to my wife Wennie, my brother Roger, Preacher Mitchell Ingram and all the church ball teams that participated.

    I also thank Pastor Ingram, who got hurt during the ball game and said he would do it again next week if he could.

    Thank you to everyone.

    May God Bless you all.

  • Medicare to test electronic personal health record in S.C.

    Question: With all of the technological advances today, I have been wondering why we are not able to keep up with our health care information and records on the Internet like we do with banking and bills. My wife and I take care of almost everything online since we learned how to do it, and I would love to see this as an option as well.

    Will this ever be an option for us in South Carolina?

  • Knight became policeman because 'he wanted to help people'

    It’s a pleasant evening and he agrees to take his granddaughter on a bike ride. She’s only 9 years old and not allowed to ride by herself – it’s not safe. Minutes later tires squeal, a car flips and decisions are made. Their lives will never, ever be the same.

    When Ray Knight was asked during the interview process at the Lancaster Police Department in 1985 why he wanted to be a policeman he said what a lot of people say.

  • Exploring gold mine is worth the effort

    Squatting in a gentle-flowing stream. Sifting the gravel in a pan ever so slightly until the small shiny flecks became visible. That’s how it began. Gold fever.

    Before the California gold rush it began right here in Lancaster County. Just three miles north of the town of Kershaw, Col. Benjamin Haile found just enough of the shiny flecks to seek out their source. The year was 1827. According to local historian Louise Pettus, in 1828, Haile sent a shipment of gold to the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia – the first domestic gold sent outside South Carolina.

  • Happy birthday, America

    Bang! Boom! Hurray!

    Happy birthday America. Our favorite uncle – Uncle Sam – turns 232 years old today.

    We all know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted on this day in 1776 in Philadelphia.

    The document declared the 13 American colonies’ independence from Great Britain. Some seven years later, America, after a long, bloody battle, had won its freedom from the mother country. Battles waged from Bunker Hill to Hanging Rock and plenty of points in between. America showed great determination, our country’s hallmark ever since.

  • Neighbor, officers should be commended for protecting neighborhood

    After reading Eric Grace’s letter “Reader appalled by dog shooting” in the June 22 edition of The Lancaster News, I thought about my dog, Butch.

    Animals and humans are a lot alike. The difference is if we humans don’t like someone, we talk to others about the people we don’t like.

    Dogs, whether small or big, have teeth. If they don’t like you, they attack.

  • Mentoring a great investment

    “OK kid, sit down and let’s see what you’ve got.” James Talbert was a gray-haired older man who always had a pipe in his mouth. The sweet smell of cherry tobacco sent a fragrant aroma well ahead of him that you could smell three blocks away. Seizing my brown cardboard portfolio and tossing it onto the dust-laden table, he shot a dubious glance toward me, then opened the portfolio and began to read my tattered letter requesting a job for the summer. I was a freshman in high school who wanted to pursue a business career. Except for an occasional grunt, Mr.