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Today's Opinions

  • Holiday activities aplenty in county

    You can’t say there is nothing to do in Lancaster. Not if you take a look at the events calendar for December on the front of Wednesday’s feature section.

    The activities available run the gamut – from Santa train rides to a winter wonderland in Heath Springs, caroling and candle lighting in the Van Wyck community, Christmas parades to home tours and a Christmas concert by the highly talented Lancaster Chamber Choir.

    Fashion designer Luis Machicao will be showing some of his latest designs at the Celebration of Art at Bob Doster’s Studio.

  • County library has become a sports arena

    I don’t frequent the Lancaster County Library as often as I once did. Recently, I did a little researching and my experience was not so pleasant.

  • This season buy locally from your friends, neighbors

    The Federal Trade Commission has established safety tips for people considering doing their Christmas shopping online (http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/ alt082.shtm).

    There are a number of dangers and pitfalls to buying products sight unseen from people you don’t know from an unknown location.

    Thank goodness there are a number of fine local merchants in Lancaster County so that you don’t have to expose yourself to the dangers of shopping online.

  • Help save potential best friend’s life

    To experience unconditional love, get a pet. He or she doesn’t care if you wear designer clothes, what kind of vehicle you drive or the kind of house you live in.

    They accept you for who you are. They are faithful companions and friends. They don’t judge and they don’t hold grudges.

    But last year in Lancaster County, 4,250 weren’t given a chance to become a pet. That was the number euthanized at the Lancaster County Animal Shelter because there was no place in the county to hold them until they could be adopted.

  • It’s important to support troops, president

    If you question our involvement in Iraq, consider the following reasons why we are there. It seems that some people are against our involvement based on their dislike for our president. I also believe some people don’t understand what is at stake. I do not blindly support everything our president does, but I do support our involvement in Iraq.

  • ‘It must have been a pleasure to raise a family in Lancaster’

    I’m Bill Hegler, brother of Jimmy “Whitey” Hegler who was buried in Lancaster Nov. 21. I was born in Lancaster in 1934 and after my discharge from the U.S. Navy only lived there a couple of years before moving away and returning only occasionally to visit relatives.

  • We should spend money on hungry people, not sidewalks

    I am writing in response to Nov. 18 article “State ranked among top 5 states for hunger” in The Lancaster News. I have lived in Lancaster County for 18 years and I just recently saw in the same paper that Heath Springs got $200,000 for a new sidewalk. Kershaw and Lancaster both have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars each on redoing their sidewalks and trying to improve the looks of downtown. How much do we spend on feeding hungry children and old folks? Spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on things we want doesn’t seem right when there are people hungry.

  • HOPE fills critical need in county

    It’s hard to fathom that here in the United States – the land of plenty – that anyone could go hungry. But they do. And a recent federal study shows that South Carolina ranks in the top five states for hunger.

    An average of 15 percent of South Carolinians endured a “food insecurity” between 2004-06, according to the study. That includes people in Lancaster County.