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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Charter school makes learning fun, exciting

    From the beginning, you know this school is different.
    Young children bound out of the cars with excitement and run to hug the principal. He greets each student by name, and then they scamper inside laughing and excited.
    Inside, the walls are crowded with lots of kids’ art work, pictures of students receiving awards and inspirational quotes from people like Steve Jobs. Pennants from the teachers’ colleges hang outside every classroom door.

  • Candidate Column: Harris cites her track record of getting good things done

    I would like to thank the kind people of District 3 for allowing me to serve as your representative on the Lancaster City Council.
    I’m seeking re-election to my second term in office as your councilwoman. I have worked tirelessly to address some of the people’s needs in the community.
    First, the Gay Street basketball courts had been in need of serious repairs. The adults and children had been playing on the same concrete that was used to fill the former pool located on the site.

  • Letter: Sympathy for mom of murdered man

    Ms. Jenny Thompson Bridges, the mother of Yusuf Abdus-Salaam, has my sympathy for the loss of her son.  
    She has earned my admiration for not blaming the firearm that killed him, as is so often done to advance a political agenda. Ms. Tina Thompson Rivers, Yusuf’s older sister, showed clarity and courage when she acknowledged that the choices her brother made contributed to the tragic outcome.

  • Column: Left created the culture that Trump takes part in

    This election certainly feels like a joke, but it isn’t.
    Our liberal/progressive media has created a smoke screen to obscure the real issues. The media allows people like Hillary Clinton to point their fingers at us and pretend they didn’t create and celebrate the culture that Donald Trump merely takes part in. The terrible things he said when he was a Democrat were OK then. The real issues are being ignored.

  • Column: A positive break amid the nastiness

    Let’s take a break from the political mud-slinging and negative rhetoric and give thanks for some of the people and organizations that we are fortunate to have here in Lancaster:
    ◆ Lindsay Pettus – Not enough room here to cover all the great things Lindsay has done for the community. Love his work with the Katawba Valley Land Trust, which preserves our precious natural resources and allows all citizens to enjoy them.

  • Letter: Practical tips keep elderly safe

    Don’t answer your door late at night. Ask who it is. If there’s no answer, call the police.
    When you go to the grocery store, don’t leave your pocketbook in the cart while shopping. If you get a phone call saying you won a lot of money but you have to send money to them, it is a scam.
    Check on other elderly people and neighbors. When you walk or come home late at night, have someone with you. It is better to be safe than sorry.

    Carl M. Miles
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Harris works hard for community

    The writer is a guidance counselor and basketball coach at Lancaster High School.
    I’m writing to support Jackie Harris for Lancaster City Council District 3.
    I have known Mrs. Harris since I was a teenager asking permission to play basketball at the Lancaster Children’s Home in the ’90s. After I graduated from college, my first full-time employment was there. I got to know Mrs. Harris and the true love she showed for children.

  • Column: ‘Free’ tuition: Clinton buying your vote with your own cash

    Four points to address in Hillary Clinton’s debt-free education plan.
    Before I state anything I would like to point out that this debt-free plan appears to only cover tuition costs. Here are direct quotes from her plan found at Hillary.com, followed by my own translation of her comments.
    1. “She will make a major investment in HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions and other low-cost, modest-endowment private schools so that these deserving students also benefit from the lower cost of college.”