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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Legislative session ends with progress on safer highways

    The busy legislative session is wrapping up. We’ve gotten a lot done but still have to meet once more in general session to pass a budget, consider gubernatorial vetoes and complete other end-of-year tasks.
    Once that work is done, I will provide you a comprehensive report about the highlights of the session, as well as issues that are of special importance to District 45 residents.

  • Column: So happy we ended up at ILMS

    An open letter to Indian Land Middle School administration and teachers:
    After 12 years in Charlotte, my family finally decided to move “south of the border” last year. Our main priority was finding a home that would position our girls for the perfect middle and future high schools.

  • Column: To chase the American dream, immigrants must learn English

    Our world has seen the most dramatic changes in the past 100 years. We have gone from the horse and buggy to a vehicle wandering the surface of Mars.
    I would also add social advancements to the long list of technological ones, but we still have certain areas where improvement must happen.
    Specifically, I refer to language.

  • Letter: Lancaster County civics course well worth the investment

    I am a recent graduate of the 2017 Learning Lancaster Civics Course provided by Lancaster County.
    This course was educational, enjoyable and overall a great experience. I have learned so much regarding Lancaster County – how it works, where and how it spends our tax dollars, and what services it offers.

  • Letter: I oppose president on ending loan forgiveness for teachers

    I am a public school special education teacher. This month President Trump revealed he wants to cut public education funding and to end the Loan Forgiveness Plan for Teachers who teach in high-need areas and in high-need schools.
    I do not think it is acceptable to end this program when over 500,000 public employees are about to receive our forgiveness during the next fiscal year. The program was started in order to recruit more teachers and to combat the rising cost of higher education.

  • Column: Ethics and image: What kind of state are we?

    After World War II, a fierce but civil rivalry developed between Birmingham and Atlanta as to which would become the unofficial “Capital of the South.”
    Founded in 1871, Birmingham was a coal and steel town with much of the ownership of the principal industries being in Pittsburgh and other Northern cities. The city’s symbol was and is a large statue of Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and the forge. In 1950, the city’s population was 326,000.

  • Column: When you fall in life, fall forward every time

    Editor’s note: Breanna Pittman, a senior at Andrew Jackson High School, is graduating with the highest GPA in the Lancaster County School District. Here are excerpts from her speech at the county’s Celebration of Excellence this month.

    Tonight I want to talk about a topic that many people overlook and others just choose to ignore – failure.
    Failure is inevitable. It will happen at least once in every person’s life. Most of the time you don’t even see it coming, and it hits you like a freight train.

  • Column: Youth Leadership grads spend 7 months learning about county

    The Lancaster County Youth Leadership program graduated 38 students this month. The program, a collaboration between the Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and the Lancaster County School District, is designed to teach leadership skills and raise awareness of job opportunities and community challenges in Lancaster County, in hopes that these students will return to Lancaster after graduating from college to live and work.