Today's Opinions

  • Scouting Hall of Fame inductees deserving

    The Lancaster County Boy Scouts Hall of Fame is off to a solid start.

    The Scouts hall recently inducted its inaugural class, a trio who deserve their special place.

    The group includes retired physician Dr. William Duke, the late Dick Weisner and Lois Lucas.

    The Lancaster Scout Hall was started in a show of thanks to leaders, who have come from the scouting ranks. The hall also is a way to thank the volunteers who have made a positive impact on Scouts and guided them to be leaders.

  • AJ visual arts students support our Chamber Choir

    The visual arts students at Andrew Jackson Middle School learned about the Lancaster Chamber Choir from their chorus teacher, Heather Turner. They participated in a support project for the choir.   

    The goal was to design uniquely special thank-you stationery for the choir’s membership drive. Twenty-eight students of Heather Althoff’s class participated in the contest.

  • Veteran grateful for Honor Flight

    I want to express my thanks to the people of Kershaw for organizing Saturday’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. I am proud to have been one of the World War II veterans who made the flight. The trip was all that was promised. The transportation and visits to the various sites were as scheduled, and there were many moving moments.

    We were told that there would be groups at each of our destinations – Kershaw, Columbia and Washington – to welcome us. And they were there, when we left and returned home.

  • Salvation Army helps those in need

    There’s usually an increase in charitable giving during the holidays. It’s not that those needing assistance are fewer during other times of the year; it’s that the spirit of the holidays moves people to give a little more.

    Unfortunately, tough times often result in a drop in donations. And while we all hope our national jobs crisis improves soon, the sad fact is that millions of Americans have become unemployed since this time last year.

  • Time to stop all the negativity about President Obama

    I’m writing concerning Rob Emory’s guest column, “It’s not about change, it’s about control,” in the Nov. 27 edition of  The Lancaster News.

    The current administration is not taking over every or really any aspect of the American life. Today we are in a holy war – one which could go on until the end of time. This is not President Barack Obama’s fault. He and his administration inherited it.

  • Yes, Thelma, there is a Santa Claus

     Recently, I was out shopping after having been to the bank to cash my check. I had $900 in a bank envelope. I was in Kmart, and after I checked out, I put my money back into the envelope.  

    I placed the envelope back in my purse, which was sitting in the top part of the shopping cart. At least I thought I did.

    I left Kmart and went to Bi-Lo. I did my shopping and headed to the checkout to pay, but the envelope with my money was not in my purse and

    nowhere to be found.

  • Kershaw Parade Committee grateful for support

    On behalf of the Parade Committee of the Kershaw Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank  everyone involved for making the Kershaw Christmas Parade a success this year. Without each of you who worked and participated, this event would not have happened.  Each entry this year was so special and well thought out. We want to commend you for a job well done and we look forward to working to with you again next year.

    We want to thank Operation Rudolph and Larry Catledge for their participation and all this organization has done to help so many children in our community.

  • Literacy needs, deserves our community support

    The news that literacy providers have served more than 15,000 people and made an impact of more than $48 million over six years should be welcome to Lancaster County, Great Falls and Fort Lawn. Our area has many challenges, improving literacy a primary one among them.

    The urgency of improving literacy has been well-documented, but a few statistics bear repeating. Nearly 40 million adults have very low literacy skills, millions of others’ are only marginally higher.