Today's Opinions

  • Writer: Tax on business income outrageous

    A recent article in The Lancaster News said the the sales tax increased to 7 cents per dollar on May 1. In fact, it increased to 8 cents on the dollar (6 percent sales tax, 1 percent local option and now 1 percent for the new courthouse). Businesses must collect this tax to be paid to the state. People grumble to the businesses and possibly take their business to counties who have less sales tax or out of state, and any of these outcomes hurt local businesses very much.

  • ‘Going green’ impacts our economy

    I read with interest in the May 13 edition of The Lancaster News that Lancaster County Council was going “green” by way of going paperless for their meetings. I read this news over breakfast in the paper version of The Lancaster News. I applaud any initiative to save taxpayer dollars, either through reducing an existing cost or improving efficiency of operations; but I am getting weary of constantly being told that “going green” is a wonderful idea regardless of the cost and inconvenience.

  • Paper mill was green before green was cool

    So County Council is going green. Why just choose paper as your “green” way? There are many in Lancaster County who work for a paper mill, and who pay taxes in this county. How many of these council members showed up in their “green” cars for that night’s meeting? How many of those laptops will end up in the landfill one day? Did you know that the paper-making industry is one of the greenest of all industries? More trees are planted each year in this country by paper companies than are harvested. That creates clean air for all to breathe.

  • Honor Flight fitting tribute to veterans

    Those who served our country during World War II and other wars deserve our profound appreciation. It is because of our war veterans that we remain strong as a nation, and we enjoy many of the freedoms we all-too-often take for granted.

  • Responding to 911 cell calls challenge

    About 3:45 a.m. on May 3, I was awakened by my dogs frantically barking. I got up to check and found three or four sheriff deputies in my driveway.

    Stunned, I went out to the porch. They asked me if I called 911. I told them I had not and that I was sleeping. They asked if I had a cell phone. I said I did, but it was turned off. They asked if I was alone. I told them I was. They said that someone had called 911, but could not tell where the call was coming from.

  • Sunny wants a chance to be your friend

    My name is Sunny. I am 3 years old, I think. I had a mama, brothers and sisters, but Mama’s owner decided we were too many mouths to feed.

    So, Mama’s owner packed us up, drove to a secluded place and let us out in the woods to fend for ourselves.

    Each of us searched for food and water, Mom and a friendly human.

    Then about two years ago I happened to be passing Mary’s house. She fed me, gave me a warm dry place to sleep and called me Sunny.

  • Writer to spend his $20 in Chester County

    I am writing in reference to your newspaper and local businesses asking me to spend $20 in Lancaster today.

    Thank you, but I don’t need anything from Lancaster this week. I don’t like the 8 cents sales tax.

    I don’t like Mayor Joe Shaw and City Council’s nuisance food tax.

    I have plans to spend my $20 at Catawba Fish Camp this week.

    Come on out and enjoy.

    Oops, I forgot, that’s in Chester County.

    Edwin Powers

    Heath Springs


  • Writer believes change is coming

    Collectively, we’re at rest over the economy, but the fears and stigma from the H1N1 virus seems to boost businesses lagging behind.

    I still have yet to cave into the pressure into staying at home. I’m not scared of the swine flu. After all, most researchers have said it’s just like the regular seasonal flu. It’s not a killer, at least, not yet.