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Letters

  • Letter: Help me with book on Preston Blackmon

    I just recently moved back to Lancaster. I was born and reared here by my parents, the late Rev. Preston Blackmon and Wilma Myers Blackmon. I graduated from Lancaster High in 1975.
    Truly, there is no place like home.
    Since last year, the spirit of the Lord has placed it in my heart to write a book about my dad. He is, of course, no stranger to the city and county of Lancaster, having made so many contributions here in his lifetime.

  • Letter: Thanks to partners in Shoebox for Seniors

    In December 2018, the Lancaster County Council on Aging sponsored its annual Shoebox for Seniors project. The response is always amazing, thanks to a whole lot of people in Lancaster County.
    Everyone who participates in this project puts a lot of time and love into the gifts that they give, and the seniors who receive these gifts appreciate them more than you will ever know. The gifts are given to the seniors who receive home-delivered meals and to those who come to our senior centers for lunch and activities.

  • Letter: Taking offense at term ‘gone south’

    I am a lifelong resident of South Carolina, and at least seven generations of my ancestors have lived in the South. So the South has the feel of home and is dear to me.
    I am not saying I am any more special than any of the recent populace that came from other areas of our country. As a matter of fact, I welcome them and wish for them the pleasure and enjoyment I derive from being a Southerner.   

  • Letter: Harrisburg ‘Pike’ can’t handle additional traffic

    Impact fees! Development agreements! Rooftop fees! These were the topics highlighted in the Jan. 16 issue of this newspaper. Not one mention of the impact of 500-plus more homes on a road infrastructure that is vastly overwhelmed today.

  • Letter: Surprising thanks to a Vietnam vet

    On Jan. 19, I attended a Fort Mill community charity event.
    During the event, an auction was held and one of the items for auction was a beautiful Quilt of Valor made for dedication to U.S. veterans. The person who made the quilt was also the auctioneer. She choked up while explaining the importance of the quilt, but maintained enough composure to ask all veterans attending the event to stand for recognition.
    About three of us stood and received a grateful recognition from the attendees.

  • Letter: Weigh Trump critic’s clueless 2010 query about sinking Guam

    U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia’s Fourth District, recently came out with a statement about President Trump’s voters that I’ll call unbelievable.
    He said Trump supporters are less educated, less prosperous, and are dying early from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease and broken hearts caused by economic despair. Now, this is the person who, during a House committee meeting in 2010, asked if stationing 8,000 Marines on the island of Guam might cause the island to tip over and capsize. And he thinks Trump voters are less educated?

  • Letter: Immigration comments need a bit of historical context

    My letter is a response to an article in The Lancaster News last Wednesday concerning comments made by local businessman Jerry Hartley, owner of Hartley Funeral Home.
    His comment posted on social media and published in your paper was: “If you are not born and raised in this great country, you have no business being here. This is America.”

  • Letter: Democrat Rashida Tlaib’s incivility not surprising to me

    In October, TV host Stephen Colbert asked Nancy Pelosi about bringing civility back to Capitol Hill if the Democrats were to win back the House in the midterms. “Well, I think when we win, you will see evidence of that,” she said.
    Last Thursday, new Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, speaking to a room full of progressives about President Trump, said: “We’re gonna go in there and impeach the mother------.”

  • Letter: Unhappy about pothole repairs

    I recently called the state highway department because I had two large potholes in front of my driveway. They were about 6 inches deep.
    They sent workers out to fix the potholes. They put these tar balls in the holes and then took the truck and backed over them to pack them down.
    Before they could get to the end of my street – Country Club Drive, a state road – cars had knocked the tar balls out of the potholes and they were all over my driveway.

  • Letter: Prostitution arrest isn’t newsworthy

    I just picked up the Sunday edition of the Lancaster News and see that one of the prominent front-page stories is about a local man arrested in a prostitution raid.
    Providing that the women involved were not being forced to participate against their will, this is a totally victimless incident and hardly newsworthy, much less front-page material. Not only does this article appear mean-spirited, but it seems intended to humiliate the man arrested and his entire family, who in no way had anything to do with this.