Today's Opinions

  • If you love someone, tell them so before it is too late

    Brennie Love, my grandmother, passed on Oct. 7, 2009, just three weeks shy of her 93rd birthday. Although family members are still weeping, we rejoice in our total assurance that we know where Granny is and that we loved her and provided her the best care available.

    She never had to wonder if she was loved. She knew she was. Surrounded daily by family members and friends, she couldn’t see, but she could hear the voices of friends and family as she tried her best to communicate back to us that she loved us too. It was precious.

  • Just how credible is mystery candidate?

    In 10 days, voters in Lancaster County Council District 2 will go to the polls and choose their representative. Only one name is listed on the ballot – Charlene McGriff, who won the Sept. 15 Democratic primary.

    There is also a place on the ballot for a write-in candidate. While no one has admitted to running a write-in campaign, it appears there may be one under way.

    The reason we think so is that, as of Oct. 22, the Lancaster County Voter Registration and Election Commission had received 304 absentee ballot requests.

  • If you run for office you should reveal who you are

    This is my first letter to the editor. I am writing because I am concerned about the election process. The write-in campaign for the County Council District 2 seat is wrong. If the people are to vote again for someone to represent them in District 2, they need to know who is running against the person who won the primary. If a person cannot disclose his or her name they should not be eligible to run. I do not live in District 2, but I hope everyone in District 2 feels the same as I do.


    Sadie Belk




  • Rescue Squad fundraiser coming

    Tires screech, metal clangs and crumples under the pressure of the impact, injuries are sustained under the wreckage and the occupants can’t move, many of them feeling the very life fading from them. A caller dials 9-1-1 to report the motor vehicle crash and soon, in the distance, there is the wailing of sirens as medics and emergency responders rapidly travel to the scene.

    Rescue services are among the many first responders and they move quickly from their vehicles to pull the needed equipment to remove the crumpled metal and wreckage away from the lives.  

  • Writer seeks to enlighten the ignorant

    I read the news articles and letters to the editor regarding the high numbers of absentee ballot requests for the Nov. 3 special election. Since I am knowledgeable of the political process, I would like to enlighten the ignorant, who just do not know that writing a person’s name on a ballot is not illegal. If that person chooses not to reveal their identity until election day, it is perfectly legal. Disclosing who is requesting the absentee ballot is the illegal part.

  • We need to support McGriff again on Nov. 3

    I am writing on behalf of Charlene McGriff. I am asking every registered voter in District 2 to get out and vote on Nov. 3 for Charlene McGriff. I have known Ms. McGriff all of her life and I know she is very qualified to represent District 2 on Lancaster County Council. We all have watched her represent herself always with dignity and class. This is the type of person I support.

    According to voter registration, as of Oct. 9, 255 absentee ballots have already been requested. This means we got to get out and vote and override those absentee ballots.

  • Is unnamed District 2 candidate qualified?

    In the movie, “Forrest Gump,” Sally Field told her son, “Life is like a box of chocolates.” To me that means take what happens in life and deal with it.

    But that shouldn’t be the case in County Council District 2 election.

    What’s happening with the secretive absentee ballot issue means someone is putting forth a write-in campaign without identifying the candidate.

    Those of us voting at the polls and with valid absentee ballots do so legitimately.

  • County selective in zoning enforcement

    In the “Who took the pizza signs?” article in the Oct. 21 edition of The Lancaster News, Steve Willis said “zoning officials issue warning notices first and if the sign is not removed, remove the sign,” in regard to signage zoning violations.

    Here is an example of Lancaster County enforcing its zoning ordinances. Why does Lancaster County choose to do this selectively? For more than two years, the county has refused to enforce its zoning ordinances on the concrete plants at the U.S. 521 light industrial park.