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Today's Opinions

  • Band together in water wars

    We have asked a couple of times for our public bodies to do a little bit more to get involved in the effort to stop the interbasin transfer.

    The state of North Carolina approved a request from two of its towns, Concord and Kannapolis, to withdraw up to 10 million gallons a day from the Catawba River.

    That water would be returned, as sewage, to the Yadkin-Pee Dee River basin.

    When this first popped up, at the end of 2005, Chester County Council approved a resolution saying it was opposed to the transfer. There wasn’t too much other action after that, for a while.

  • Celebrate Jackson's birthday

    Andrew Jackson State Park will be teeming with energy Saturday. That's when the annual Andrew Jackson Birthday Celebration unfolds at the state park built to honor the nation's seventh president.

    The young and young-at-heart will be in full force for a full day of activities on the land where Jackson roamed the Carolina frontier as a young lad.

    As a youngster, Jackson might have been found hiking through these very woods, fishing or handling a chore or two around his family's cabin.

  • Be cautious when divulging information

    Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer answers questions about aging issues.

    Question: My mother called me the other day wanting to know what I thought about a great program that an insurance agent called her about. The agent told her that they would give her either a motorized scooter or $1,000 if she completed a survey on health-related questions and provided some personal information. When she said that she would fill out a survey, an agent came by her house to notarize the survey and have her sign a release.

  • Confusion runs amok in presidential race

    The Founding Fathers set down guidelines for our nation. Although, they adhered to Christian principles, they also emphasized "liberty and justice for all" and “freedom of religion.“ Over the years, efforts were instigated to specify just who liberty and justice should relate to. Religious freedom removed any form of "state religion" giving us the right to "bow to our maker in any way or form we felt comfortable. Now, it seems we are moving toward freedom from religion.

  • Paper redeems itself with stories

    I enjoyed editor Barbara Rutledge's recent column "Conversations, tidbits and FYI's." I can only imagine how many complaints you must get any given day.

    But I, too, harbor a list that irritates me.

    I have submitted information to The Lancaster News. And because of miscommunication and inconsistent procedures my information was not published or lost. Also, I had my personal photos misplaced.

    I had just lost all hope in The Lancaster News.

  • Council must back its decision

    We think there's a major question that County Council members need to consider before they enact more stringent animal-control laws. And that is: Is the county planning to hire more animal-control personnel to make sure that people abide by the rules? We're cynical, so we find ourselves questioning whether there would be any real point to such legislation.

    Council on Monday gave the first of three approvals to an ordinance that would tighten several of the county's animal control laws, including how an owner provides water and shelter for dogs kept outside.

  • You got hair cut, slice of life in 'hole'

    Recently looking over some old photographs of downtown and news of the death of an uptown guy sent me down memory lane.

    The death of Frank Ghent took me back in time when downtown was a hopping place in the Red Rose City.

    Mr. Ghent, who died Feb. 26, was one of the two barbers at "the hole," also known as the Friendly Barber Shop.

    The place was quite friendly, but what about "the hole?"

  • Punishment unjust for animal fighting

    This is the last time I am responding about my support of cockfighting unless I am summoned to speak in Columbia. Quite frankly I am tired of repeating myself. I am coughing on all the smoke being used to cloud the true issue.