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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Warrior Stadium in spotlight tonight

    Indian Land High School’s Warrior Stadium takes center stage tonight.

    The IL arena will serve as host for the annual Founders Federal Credit Union Kickoff Classic.

    In addition to Founders, The Lancaster News and Carolina Gateway serve as media sponsors for the game.

    All four county teams will be involved in the jamboree, which likely will draw the largest crowd to ever see an athletic event at the county’s smallest high school.

  • School bells ring Thursday

    It’s hard to believe that summer is over for county schoolchildren. While autumn doesn’t officially arrive until next month, tomorrow morning thousands of Lancaster County students will say goodbye to the carefree days of summer and return to the classrooms.

    Last week, teachers began getting their rooms ready for their new students. Their planning and preparation will pay off as they welcome the students back. Many students will be sporting new clothes and shoes and carrying new lunch boxes and backpacks full of new school supplies.

  • Help police find who set the fires

    When I turned on the TV and saw our beautiful county courthouse on fire, I thought I was watching Detroit burn like we’ve seen in the past when people get angry at the justice system or law enforcement. But I never thought I’d see that here. The arsonist cannot be from here. Our community has too much pride and love for our town and community.

  • 'I do not have the power to rule city government'

    I would like to respond to Nancy Jones’ letter “Book sense great, but experience gets job done” in the Aug. 17 edition of The Lancaster News. Jones was referring to a letter written by Shemika Caldwell. Caldwell said education was more important than work experience and cited the city’s administrator position as an example.

    In that same edition was a picture of my graduating class from the Annie Mae Dream Center program. There were students and instructors in the class. The instructors were identified as students. Caldwell was one of my instructors.

  • Courthouse situation could have been worse

    Lancaster County Courthouse holds a lot of memories for a lot of people. But if someone could get in there that easy, what would have kept a terrorist from entering and putting a bomb in there and blowing it up during court and killing a lot of people. Someone had a lot of nerve.

    Security should have been better, even a guard could have been posted.

    A lot of lives could have been lost if a terrorist had gotten in and planted a bomb.

  • Mr. Jack never met a stranger

    I just returned from out-of-town, to learn that Jack Harper passed away Saturday night.

    So much of Lancaster’s commercial district has disappeared and unfortunately, those who were so vital, are now passing from the scene also.

    Jack was a life long friend who, at one time, operated a shoe store at Lancaster Square.

    Prior to that, he was with Bailey-Rowell on Main Street. Jack outfitted many children and probably dyed more wedding shoes than anyone else. He was a fixture in the uptown business community.