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Today's Opinions

  • Do traffic lights cost more than teachers?

    J.R. Wilt’s column, “County Council runs amok on the overlay,” regarding the overlay plan in the May 11 edition of The Lancaster News should open a lot of eyes, provided Mr. Wilt’s cost figures on traffic light poles (masts) are correct.

    If a light mast costs $300,000, something doesn’t smell right. With costs like that, Lancaster County has spent a bunch of money on U.S. 521 North to enable the residents easier access from their developments to the main highway.

  • Sales tax could help repave county roads

    Last month, I wrote about some of the funding and maintenance issues we face with our road system in this county and state.

    In this column, we will be looking at who is responsible for repaving roads in the county, the funding and what we can do about improving road conditions in the county.

  • Where is hope, change, transparency?

    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney says that a recently released e-mail explaining the talking points for the Benghazi attack has nothing to do with the Benghazi attack. Why not just release everything asked for if there is nothing to hide and drown the committee with information and facts, if these facts actually exist?

  • Recipients of strangers’ kindness to pay it forward

    Once a month the residents of Morningside Assisted Living get to choose a place to go out for lunch.

    We take the ladies out one week and the men out the next. This gives them a chance to fellowship with each other and try restaurants in town they have may have not tried before.

    On Thursday, May 8, I took a group of seven ladies out to lunch at Wing King.

    There was a gentleman at the next table, who when paying his bill, paid ours as well. The total was almost $100.

  • Writer encourages people to vote in the June 10 primary

    In Lancaster County, the local primary is June 10. From my observation, the voter turnout is not a sufficient representation of the total population in local elections.

    When a presidential election is held the population turns out in masses.

    That same response is needed now. Very important offices are up for election. Now is the time to make our voice heard, again.

    Our local elections have a direct effect on us as a people. We have a say in who runs our local government.

  • According to polls, tea party’s demise is obvious

    This is a response to John Lage’s article, “Writer seeks explanation about tea party comment” in May 7 edition of The Lancaster News.

    The tea party stands for six simple principles: no more bailouts, reduce the size and intrusiveness of government, stop raising our taxes, repeal Obamacare, cease out-of-control spending and bring back American prosperity.

    This can be found online under “Tea Party Express-Mission Statement.” These principles obviously don’t match what you wrote in your article.

  • S.C. issuing more bailouts

    In a typical move by the Budget and Control Board (BCB) recently, the board voted 3-1-1 to bail out yet another state agency. This time, it was South Carolina State University.

    The governor, after admitting that “this should be the decision of the legislature,” detailed the agreement her office drafted that would allow the BCB to loan the university $6 million to assist with its $13 million deficit. The loan is to be used specifically for debt service and payroll and has to be repaid by the end of fiscal year 2014-2015.

  • Will June Primary in S.C. be honest?

    On June 10, we will have state primary elections for both Democrats and Republicans; this we know for sure. What we don’t know, and what many are worried about, is will the actual voting and election process work honestly and smoothly the way its suppose to.

    If either distant or recent history is any guide, don’t count on it.