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Opinion

  • Easter arrives today. For Christians, it's regarded as the holiest day of the year. The holiday is held to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who arose from the dead following His death on the cross as revealed by the scriptures.

    Easter, or Resurrection Day, as many Christians refer to the holiday, is a time to celebrate.

    Unlike Christmas, which is celebrated on Dec. 25 each year by Christians shortly after the arrival of winter, Easter can fall any place on the calendar between March 22 and April 25.

  • I would like to take this opportunity to personally endorse Barry Faile as sheriff of Lancaster County.

    This letter is different than most political endorsements, as I have nothing to lose or gain by writing it. I believe Barry is the right choice for Lancaster County sheriff.

    Barry has spent his entire law enforcement career as a deputy sheriff. He has worked in every capacity of the Sheriff's Office and was instrumental in organizing the Metro Drug Task Force.

  • I am a 62-year-old woman and a native of New Jersey. I worked 12 years as a ward/health coordinator at Bergen Pines Hospital in New Jersey. And I have worked in management positions for more than 30 years.

    I have worked with the public for many years and never encountered anything like I did after moving to Lancaster.

    At my place of employment a young, white man called me a racial slur. I felt degraded and overwhelmed when he made the remark.

  • Listening Center is a support center

    The residents of Lancaster, Chester and York counties are all facing some fast changes in the economy and in lifestyles.

    As these changes happen, more and more people may face challenges that lead to a downturn in their everyday life and may have feelings of hopelessness with no one to turn to.

    This is just a reminder that the Listening Center in Lancaster is a referral and support center with an ear.

  • I agree wholeheartedly that the responsibility of an animal, dangerous or not, lies solely with the owner.

    I would like to ask Lancaster County Council members and committee members to strengthen the response to an animal complaint.

    I understand complaints as Animal Control's responsibility, as it should be.

  • He wasn't getting into a "challenging" contest with an elephant. The context is not verbatim. I can't print what he really said here, but you get the idea.

    He - head of a state department, whose salary is paid by taxpayers - was the challenger and I was the elephant. I have a prominent nose and I had gained some weight. But I decided not to take the comment personally.

  • In an election year, it's simply amazing what candidates will latch on to in in order to make another candidate look bad. Case in point is the campaign for the Senate 16 seat between Rep. Mick Mulvaney and Democrat Mandy Powers-Norrell.

    Several weeks ago, the Charlotte Observer misstated that Mulvaney's children attended Indian Land Elementary when actually they attend Catholic school.

  • To conduct business in the Panhandle, some local officials have had to play a game of musical meeting sites. But that changed recently when Merrifield Partners, the developer of 521 Commerce Center on U.S. 521, donated a 1,300-square-foot space in its Pinckney Building.

    Lancaster County Economic Development Corp., Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce and the local office of the S.C. Employment Security Commission will use the space.

    "Often times, all of us have had a need for office space, a place to meet” in Indian Land, said LCEDC President Keith Tunnell.

  • I read the guest editorial "Dog breed regulations won't work" in the March 14 edition of The Lancaster News and it raised several questions.

    Is Lancaster County Council considering mandatory DNA tests of all dogs to prove they are or are not a dangerous breed?

    How else will they know for certain what a mixed dog has as ancestors or parents?

    How does designating a dog breed as a dangerous breed affect the owners liability especially regarding the homeowners insurance?

  • I recently noticed an obvious and hopefully, an innocent misprint in the March 9 edition of The Neighbors of York and Lancaster County in The Charlotte Observer.

    The story was the coverage of S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford's support of Mick Mulvaney, a Republican candidate for the S.C. Senate 16 District.

    The Lancaster News had already covered the story with the correct information. Along with the story was similar photo that was published in The Lancaster News. It was a photo of Sanford, Mulvaney and Mulvaney's wife.

  • The equation for a good life is to have good literacy skills. Mastering literacy can lead to a good education, good health and a good job which equates to a good life.

    That was the message recently at the J. Marion Sims Literacy Forum. Dr. Linda Gambrell, president of the International Reading Association, was the guest speaker.

    Gambrell, who has authored several books on literacy and is, of course, an avid reader, was touting the benefits of reading.

  • As sheriff of Lancaster County, I would like to discuss an issue very close to each of us - crime prevention. My office is committed to making our neighborhoods safer places to live.

    By doing so, we will improve the quality of life for individuals and families, both young and old. It is imperative that we seek progress to reduce the negative influences that crime has on our children and to help safeguard the elderly.

  • I would like to thank the A.R. Rucker Middle School cheerleaders for being just that - middle school cheerleaders. These girls consistently complement the athletic programs at A.R. Rucker Middle School.

    They strive to do what cheerleaders should, which is lead the crowd in support of the athletes competing. I am proud to know that the A.R. Rucker Middle School cheerleaders take their positions as leaders and role models seriously.

  • Critics of social networking Web sites better get used it; they're here to stay. The youth are using them to keep in touch with one another.

    Telecommuters from HP are using them to connect with their development teams. Even military officers are using Facebook to organize their squadrons.

    Social networks are a part of a larger schema that is oft called Web 2.0. Web 2.0 is the catalyst for the culture clash between those who embrace these tools and those who are just fine with the conventional methods.

  • As a dog owner in this county, I oppose any County Council decision regulating dogs based on breed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.