Today's Opinions

  • Fishing with kids teaches valuable lesson

    The fish were not cooperating at the Outer Banks, so I volunteered to help at a children’s fishing tournament at one of the piers.

    There were about 40 children from 3 to 15 years old. One family from Pennsylvania was there and there were several generations of skilled fisherman.

    I made quick friends with an 11-year-old girl, who was beating everyone catching fish. As she fished we discussed her life on the farm and her chickens. Later her 14-year-old cousin came up and started talking about his mornings at the pier and his prize catches of the week.

  • Enjoy your summer, avoid heat problems

    It was a desperate call over the scanner from the law enforcement officer. He needed to get the tracking dog to the veterinarian. The problem was heat exhaustion.

    It was a day not fit for man nor beast. The temperature was 99 degrees and the heat index was 104.

    The beauty of the summer is sun. It is also the danger. The long summer days provide opportunity for fun and relaxation. But that summer sun and heat can also cause some serious medical conditions – even death.

  • Sanford can’t be effective governor

    Mark Sanford should not step down from his role as governor of South Carolina because of his extramarital affair. He should step down because of his lack of leadership, incompetency and irresponsibility.

    The revelation of the affair Wednesday was just  the latest of incidents that confirms his need to resign. Disappearing for almost a week without telling anyone how to get in touch with him left the Palmetto State vulnerable – especially if there had been an emergency.

  • Citadel ring returns after 43 years

    Due to the thoughtfulness of three men, Jim Furse’s Citadel class ring was returned after being lost for 43 years.

    We got a call the other night from Jim’s sister, Dedie Shramek from Fairfax, that the ring had been found. She gave me the name of Ed Brunson from Hampton, and said to contact him.

  • Tyler in good hands with EMTs

    A huge thank you to the rapid and thorough care given to Tyler Osornio, 2, and to keeping us fully informed after Tyler was rescued from a swimming pool.

    One female EMT stood with us until Tyler was on his way to Carolina’s Medical Center making sure we remained fully involved and informed. The manner they all portrayed was exceptional and very much appreciated.

    Lancaster County should be proud of our emergency response team.

    The Hyatt family and Mandy Osornio

    Van Wyck

  • Tomorrow is America's birthday

    Tomorrow we celebrate a birthday. The we is the United States of America. We turn 233 years old on July 4 – the day we (the original 13 American colonies) declared our independence from Great Britain.

    The Declaration of Independence was drafted on July 4, 1776, in Philadelphia.

    We didn’t get that independence easily. It was a hard-fought and bloody battle to earn our freedom. Many people died – some in the Palmetto State – in that original struggle for independence. They continue to die on foreign soil to preserve our American way of life.

  • Another TEA Party in town set for July 4

    Several months ago the first Lancaster Tea Party was held to protest the rampant spending of our federal government.

    TEA is an acronym for Taxed Enough Already. This headlong rush to spend the nation into bankruptcy began in the latter months of the Bush administration and has hurtled along during the Obama presidency.

    The first TEA Party drew 300 Lancastrians, protesting the federal spending.

    Another 3,000 TEA Parties were held across the nation.

    Did the Obama administration and Congress listen? Not one bit.

  • Council is right to gather info on business license fees

    With all due respect to my friend Rosemary Whitlock, who wrote the guest column, “Council doesn’t have enough info on business license fees” in the June 19 edition of The Lancaster News, I think that she, as well as a number of small business owners around Lancaster County, has jumped the gun in respect to what I view as unwarranted criticism directed at the mere discussion of a business license.

    Right now, and likely for many months yet to come, the issue is being studied.