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Today's Opinions

  • SMS deserves School to Watch honor

    A toast to South Middle School’s recent success is in order. The toast would likely go something like this, “Here’s looking at you, SMS.”
    South has earned the coveted honor of a School to Watch.
    The honor puts SMS in elite company as less than 350 schools nationwide have earned the honor, and only 13 in the Palmetto State.
    One of those lucky 13 is Indian Land Middle School in the county’s Panhandle, which was recently redesignated a School to Watch after garnering the title in 2010.

  • Scripture reveals the first Christmas

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria. And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem – because he was of the house and lineage of David – to be taxed with Mary, his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Community supports Dream Team Foundation

  • Liberals have issues with truth sensors

    I would like to respond to Parker Quinlan’s letter, “Letter writers should cite facts, not hate speech,” published in the Dec. 9 edition of The Lancaster News.
    The letter writer does not cite any facts in his opinion piece, just opinion, which is fine. It lets us know how that the liberal left does not need any facts to support opinions. He claims to collect information scientifically and values truth more than anything. No support for that statement is given.

  • Roads, budget, security among legislative topics

    A so-so session of the General Assembly concluded in July. Our budget revenues continued to improve, but the Senate’s performance did not.
    Attempts at tax reform never got traction and opponents of government restructuring ran out the clock to spite the governor when the ball was on the one-yard line. Oftentimes in politics personalities trump policies. It was true in Caesar’s time and remains so today. Here’s what happened on some selected issues:
    Run together

  • Embers’ show raised $3,000 for charities

  • Judicial system, paper failed Tiara Stevens

    The citizens of Lancaster County should be outraged at the victimization of Tiara Stevens by her father, Fred Lee Montgomery. They should be outraged that it took more than a month after the trial for The Lancaster News to publish the story. It had already been widely reported in print, radio and television nationally and internationally.

  • Give maximum sentences for child abusers

    I am writing to share the outrage I felt as I read the story, “Father gets one year for incest” in the December 12, 2012, issue of The Lancaster News.  
    How can it be that a man who committed such a dreadful crime be given a suspended 15-year sentence to just one year?
    As a teacher and therapeutic foster parent, I have witnessed first-hand the challenges and devastation that face children who have endured child abuse from a parent – the one who is suppose to love and protect them.