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Today's Opinions

  • Volunteers, paper misguided about animal shelter

    The intent of those wanting to start a no kill animal shelter, and your endorsement of the idea, is admirable but misguided.

    As one having been involved with owning, breeding and showing dogs for over 54 years, I have seen this type of activity in many places and in each case it turns into a disaster after a while.

    They, and the newspaper, speak of the more than 4,200 animals put to sleep at the shelter in a year. And they, and the newspaper, want these animals kept alive indefinitely, or until someone adopts them.

  • Carol Parker was an inspiration to many

    I would like to send my condolences to the Carol W. Parker family. I was out of town when Mrs. Parker went to be with the Lord and did not know it until I returned.

    She was my chorus teacher 38 years ago at South Junior High School. She was a great inspiration to everyone who knew her. I was blessed to have her touch my life.

    Not only did Mrs. Parker teach us to sing our best and blend our voices together, she also taught all of her students to respect each other, strive to be the best they could be.

  • Costs too great for animal shelter

    Bob Hunter, Krista Moore and B.J. Mishoe must be rich or foolish to start a separate shelter for unwanted animals. Have they considered the cost of a building, feed, medication, spay and neuter fees and employees to take care of 5,146 or more animals a year if the animals are not spayed or neutered?

    To spay or neuter an animal costs between $60 and $100.

    Do they plan to keep the animals in pens their entire life if not adopted?

  • Buying winter robe not an easy task

    After 25 years I decided I needed a new winter bath robe. That sounds like an easy task. The bath robes looked like cotton balls at the first store I visited. When I questioned why the robes weren’t pretty, the salesman said the robes were “practical and warm and no one would see you in it anyway.” Well, I didn’t want my neighbors to see me in a huge cotton ball walking to my paper box.

    Who designs these robes anyway?

  • Holiday activities aplenty in county

    You can’t say there is nothing to do in Lancaster. Not if you take a look at the events calendar for December on the front of Wednesday’s feature section.

    The activities available run the gamut – from Santa train rides to a winter wonderland in Heath Springs, caroling and candle lighting in the Van Wyck community, Christmas parades to home tours and a Christmas concert by the highly talented Lancaster Chamber Choir.

    Fashion designer Luis Machicao will be showing some of his latest designs at the Celebration of Art at Bob Doster’s Studio.

  • County library has become a sports arena

    I don’t frequent the Lancaster County Library as often as I once did. Recently, I did a little researching and my experience was not so pleasant.

  • This season buy locally from your friends, neighbors

    The Federal Trade Commission has established safety tips for people considering doing their Christmas shopping online (http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/ alt082.shtm).

    There are a number of dangers and pitfalls to buying products sight unseen from people you don’t know from an unknown location.

    Thank goodness there are a number of fine local merchants in Lancaster County so that you don’t have to expose yourself to the dangers of shopping online.

  • Help save potential best friend’s life

    To experience unconditional love, get a pet. He or she doesn’t care if you wear designer clothes, what kind of vehicle you drive or the kind of house you live in.

    They accept you for who you are. They are faithful companions and friends. They don’t judge and they don’t hold grudges.

    But last year in Lancaster County, 4,250 weren’t given a chance to become a pet. That was the number euthanized at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter because there was no place in the county to hold them until they could be adopted.