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Today's Opinions

  • Soccer coach teaches true sportsmanship

    Over the past few years, I believe that the Lancaster Recreation Department would agree with me in saying that soccer has become one of the fastest growing sports in this area. With this growth have come many exciting opportunities for the youth of this area. My daughter, who has played soccer for the last five years, has had the unique fortune to be a part of one such experience.

    This year Lancaster organized a Futbol club to promote youth soccer at a higher level. My 11-year-old has been fortunate enough to be a member of this club in its opening season.

  • We need new attitude about water

    In the past year, we’ve been reminded more than once what an important resource the Catawba River is – not only to us in Lancaster County, but to residents of many counties in both South Carolina and North Carolina.

    First there was the drought that took hold last summer and brought water-use restrictions to communities in both Carolinas that draw water from the Catawba. Then there were the water wars that erupted between North and South Carolina after the cities of Concord and Kannapolis in North Carolina proposed to draw 10 million gallons a day from the river.

  • Taking money from schools selfish act

    Selfish – prepared to sacrifice the feelings, needs, etc. of others to satisfy ones own desires.

    It is curious that Jeffery Donahue would use that word to describe those who do not favor school vouchers in his April 18 letter to the editor “Parents who want best for kids not ‘elitists.’ ”

  • Voters will decided who is 'out of touch'

    In Shannon Catoe’s letter, “Citizens face worse issues that threat of vouchers” in the April 27 edition of The Lancaster News, she uses slight of hand and sleaziness to refer to Mandy Powers-Norell as “out of touch and foolish.” It seems Ms. Catoe has a hard time believing that the masses are really that concerned about school vouchers. In several conversations that I’ve had, vouchers are indeed the “hot button item.”

  • Will ride to feed hungry

    You’ve seen the latest headlines gaudily splashed across all the media about the food crisis. In this prosperous country, we usually associate a food crisis with a continent like Africa with its endless civil wars and famines or some other exotic location where a tsunami just hit or some massive mudslide.

  • Humane Society grateful for support

    The Humane Society of Lancaster County Inc. would like to give a very heartfelt thank you to all those who helped make our first Fur Ball a huge success.

    There are so many to thank that I won’t be able to list them all. So if you are not mentioned, please know that we know who you are and the omission is one of space only.

  • The outlook is bright for administrative professionals

    What profession should be considered when starting or changing a career? Becoming an administrative professional is a solid choice for the future, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Dept. of Labor.

    More than 4.2 million people were employed as administrative assistants and secretaries in 2006, with another 362,000 jobs expected to be added by 2016, an 8.5 percent increase over the 10-year period.

  • Kids in public schools have right to equal education

    I want to respond to Jeffery Donahue’s letter “Parents who want best for kids not elitists” in the April 18 edition of The Lancaster News.

    No one is being selfish at all. It is just that everyone can’t afford to send their children to private schools. My children have learned perfectly fine for the last five years and are on honor roll. They are not being rushed to learn. That is why they have after-school programs.