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Today's Opinions

  • County courthouse needed now

    One would think that the editorial board of our principal local newspaper would be capable of displaying an understanding of the structural needs of Lancaster County.

    However, the editorial which appeared in Wednesday’s Lancaster News demonstrated again the shortsightedness that has brought us to the point where we now find ourselves.

    This year, we are commemorating 180 years since the erection of the Lancaster County Courthouse. This is a significant milestone.

  • Public works employees deserve recognition

    As you read this, please reflect on how many times a day you depend on our public works professionals in our community.

    Imagine what life would be like without these professionals keeping our drinking water safe and reliable, our roads open, our houses warm, our lights on, preventing diseases by treating our wastewater and disposing of our trash.

    In the event of a natural or man-made disaster, public works is there supporting our firefighters and law enforcement.

  • Plenty to do this weekend in county

    From time to time, area folks say there’s little to do in Lancaster.

    At times, there might be some validity to that claim, but the upcoming weekend would certainly dispel that notion.

    Lancaster County has a plethora of area events on tap.

    Actually, the busy weekend run began Thursday with Street Fest in downtown Lancaster. If you missed out, don’t despair because the Lancaster County Council of the Arts Spring Arts Walk will be held tonight from 5:30 to 9.

  • Cancer victim grateful for support

    Each day when I take my medicine and see my scars I am reminded that I have had cancer. Every few months when I visit the lab and my oncologist I am reminded that I have had cancer.

    Each year, usually in April or May, I am again reminded that I have had cancer. This is a reminder that comes not only to me but also to hundreds of others who have had cancer. This reminder is different, however, because it comes as a celebration and I am one of those being celebrated.

  • Get facts right before voting

    During election years it is understandable differences of opinion will exist on the priority, focus and importance of public policy. During this discussion, however, rhetoric should not replace factuality and personal attacks should not replace personal preference.

    Recent opinion letters by Wynette Birchfield and Shannon Catoe unfortunately suffer from both factual errors and suggestions of personal exclusivity.

    In an effort of full disclosure, I should preface my statements by saying I had two children who went to Discovery School from the time the school opened.

  • We, not courts, should make courthouse decision

    The editorial board of The Lancaster News contends that now is not the time to go to the voters with a ballot question for a 1 cent capital project sales tax to replace the courthouse.

    I contend the editorial board is looking at the wrong question. There is no doubt that we will not be holding court in the county courthouse much longer. The question is not do we sit around and wait two more years before addressing the problem; the question is do we address the problem in a proactive or reactive manner.

  • 1-cent local tax will be tough case

    Even when times are good, it’s always a challenge for officials to write the county budget. Conflicting interests are always at play, and the money can never be stretched as far as County Council would like.

    This year, of course, isn’t the best of times. Gas prices are at record highs, and the price of gas has started to affect the price of food and clothing. The local housing market, many say, remains good, but there has been a slowdown in the issuance of building permits.

  • Landscape around post office neglected

    I am appalled at the exterior condition of our local post office - the weeds that inhabit the landscape beds, the mildew covered crepe myrtles and the inattention given to the entry and sidewalks. I spoke to the former postmaster about the problems and no improvements were made.

    The plants and shrubbery look like what you would see around an abandoned building.

    I shared my concern with the current postmaster, at least I assume he is still there. He said he would correct the problem soon. Soon has come and gone and now it is much later.

    Tom Morgan

    Lancaster