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Today's Opinions

  • Estridge column: Estridge appreciates support of community

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the citizens of my district who have elected me to my fourth term on the Lancaster County Council.
    I am honored and take the job you have elected me to do seriously. I am proud to say we have accomplished much over the past 12 years.
    During my tenure on County Council, we have worked hard to put policies and procedures in place to protect your tax dollars and receive the very best in services from each county department.

  • Cauthen column: Expose helps students be better communicators

    Ten young people participated in the Lancaster District AME Zion churches’ 10th annual Oratorical Expose on Sept. 25.
    The purpose of the program is to promote youth development in research and speech.
    Each contestant was given three topics to choose from to do their research. The topics were:
    • Because of the increase in cost for higher education, do you feel a college education is still a good investment today (why or why not)?
    • How has reality TV affected the black family and/or the black community?

  • Noble column: Will S.C. be the next Ferguson?

    It is front page news all across the state and indeed nationwide – a white policeman shot an unarmed black man in an incident at a filling station in Columbia. A dashboard camera in the police car captured much of what happen.
    The question is – what now?
    Will our state erupt as another Ferguson, or will we be different?

  • Kengor column: The mid-term election: Is president still relevant?

    Today I had a chance to speak with John Boehner and congratulated Mitch McConnell on becoming the next Senate majority leader,” said Barack Obama in the opening of his White House press conference following the Democrats’ Nov. 4 massacre. “And I told them both that I look forward to finishing up this Congress’s business and then working together for the next two years to advance America’s business.”
    The president is looking forward to “working together to deliver for the American people.”

  • Lancaster County must fix its budget problems

    Lancaster County suffers from severe budget problems every year because the tax revenue from its assessed valuation increases by only about $1.8 million per year even if it raises taxes by the maximum amount while its expense budget wants to rise at least $4 million every year.

    For many years the county has relied on one-time money to provide the difference. It raised its building permit fees into the clouds and makes several million dollars each year from the sale of building permits.

  • Boling thanks voters for their support

    Now that the election is over and all the votes have been counted, I want to say a very special thank you to all of you who voted for me in the Cane Creek Watershed Board race. The promise that I make to you is that I will never disappoint you. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised at how hard I will work for you.

    I am looking forward to working with Ann, Amanda and Tony Sistare and all other directors to make this the best watershed possible.

  • Those who fight for our freedom are true heroes

    The men and women who have served and fought for our great country’s freedom are America’s true heroes. Many have lost their lives for our freedom.

    May God grant you the peace you deserve and may you get the reward you truly deserve. No country can come close to America, and you made it all possible. America must never fall. We back down from no one.

    For all the men and women who have fought and served our great country; for all those who made the ultimate sacrifice; we thank you.

  • System failing to keep us safe

    In reading the article, “Man wanted for attempted murder,” in the Nov. 12 edition of The Lancaster News, it’s obvious someone is not doing his or her job. A person who has been arrested and pleaded guilty 10 times in a seven-year period should never have been released to the public. Who keeps giving him probation?

    Ramond Johnson

    Indian Land