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Today's Opinions

  • Washington must choose his office

    We were actually working on a story about something called “dual office holding” in reference to the Great Falls election when we heard that a protest had been filed in the recent election.

    Two unsuccessful candidates in the Great Falls election filed a protest claiming that Darryl Washington, the top vote getter, is holding dual offices.

    Anyone can file a protest on any issue, but this is not an issue for the Great Falls Election Commission because it is not an election issue.

  • Election is not a popularity contest

    I begin this letter by introducing myself once again as a proud wife and mother, as well as a conservative Republican by choice. I recently commented in The Lancaster News editorial section regarding the upcoming Senate District 16 election setting Rep. Mick Mulvaney, a Republican, against Democratic candidate Mandy Powers-Norrell for the vacated seat in November. Apparently, my letter stirred some attention to this race.

  • Citizens face worse issues than threat of vouchers

    When asked what the major issue facing our district, Mandy Powers-Norrell answered, “The threat of school vouchers.” School vouchers?

    Was that really her answer or was it a misprint by The Lancaster News to make her look foolish and out of touch with the citizens of Lancaster?

    With Lancaster County unemployment at 9.9 percent, I doubt the threat of school vouchers is keeping those affected up at night. My guess is they are worried if they will be able to find a job.

  • Family grateful for law officers monument

    We would like to thank the Raos, the Lancaster County Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Committee, the sponsors and all who contributed to the law officers memorial in any way. We were so pleased with the memorial service and dedication on April 16 and honored that our dad, B. Frank Sowell’s name was placed on such a beautiful monument. Thank you all for such a wonderful tribute to these fallen officers.

    The Sowell family (Reba Sowell Hallman)

    Lancaster

  • Support Relay for Life Friday

    Lancaster County is known as a place where caring and giving people live. Those with even a slight hint of doubt about the citizens of Lancaster County need to be at Lancaster Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

    Your doubt will fade as the sun sinks and droves of people file in to continue to battle cancer.

    That’s when the annual Relay for Life unfolds. The stadium is spacious and that’s good because Relay draws a packed field as people from all walks of life gather to continue the fight to defeat cancer.

  • Heath Springs streets look like landfills

    Something needs to be done about littering in the southern end of our town. I live in this part of town near the projects.

    Ride down these streets any time of day or night and you will see liquor bottles, beer bottles, diapers, marijuana bags, couches and mattresses strewn in ditches.

    After I got home from work Tuesday, someone had discarded a headboard in the ditch behind my home. A little way down the street are piles of trash and mattresses that have been there for months.

  • Founders’ commitment is evident

    More than 50 years ago, a man known as a philanthropist, textile magnate and World War II ace pilot wanted to help his employees come out from under the throes of finance companies high interest rates.

    Springs Mills owner Col. Elliott White Springs knew that many of his employees were borrowing money from finance companies that were “very prevalent and unregulated.”

    At that time, banks were not into consumer lending.

  • Defining animal ordinance difficult

    What is a dangerous dog? Is it fair to categorize certain breeds as dangerous? Can you spot a dangerous dog just by looking at him? Can anybody?

    These are some of the questions that County Council members have been grappling with since they began looking at adopting an animal-control ordinance that primarily targets man’s best friend.