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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Rep. Mulvaney ‘cares about education’

    I would like to express a few concerns that I’ve had regarding the recent public education attacks on my friend Mick Mulvaney.

    Mick is one of the most honest and straightforward people I have ever met. What you see is what you get. Our friendship has grown even fonder over the past couple of years while working for the citizens of Lancaster and York counties in Columbia.

  • Family Promise has Web site

    Family Promise is moving along quite nicely in its seventh month of this journey. eeMuch progress in all areas has been achieved and the latest accomplishment is the Family Promise of Lancaster County Web site.

    Most people in America are able to connect to the Web and I’m sure the same is true for Lancaster County citizens.

    Family Promise wants to make it easy for people to learn about and  understand what Family Promise is and what it will mean for Lancaster County.

  • Sexual assault impacts community

    Sexual assault is a social problem that affects every community in our nation. It affects children, women and men. It does not matter the age, religion, socioeconomic status. Rape is the most under -reported crime in America.

    Rape requires more than pointing out the problem. Rape requires a communitywide partnership and focusing on the victims.

  • Grumble or learn to live with it

    Years ago when I was a youngster, I heard older folks grumbling about all kinds of stuff. Seems like back then our politicians took time to listen and some wrongs were corrected or made a little easier for us.

  • Parents who want best for kids not ‘elitists’

    I am writing in response to David Cook’s column, “Vouchers take money away from public schools,” in the April 11 edition of The Lancaster News.

    How selfish must you be to block financial aid to parents who wish to send their kids to a conducive place to learn. Last time I checked, there were parents who had to transfer their kids from public to private schools because of disciplinary problems. And there are parents who want a clean Christian education, sheltered from the ungodliness in our local schools.

  • Raos make monument a reality

    Six years ago, Lancaster residents Sal and Lois Rao, reacting to a family tragedy, could have just faded away in their grief.

    One would understand, but the Raos, despite their loss, opted to go another direction following the death of their son, senior state trooper Mike Rao.

    Rao, while on duty in June of 2002 in Clarendon County, was hit by a car and later died as a result of his injuries.

    The Raos decided to make something positive out of their situation.

  • Stop personal attacks, stick to election issues

    This is in response to Wynette Birchfield’s column “Vouchers make education equal” in the April 4 edition of The Lancaster News.