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Today's Opinions

  • Vote for integrity; vote for Harris

    Our state government’s failed attempt at voter identity laws missed the mark anyway. If the government really wanted to stop voter fraud, our legislature should have begun ensuring that paper absentee ballots are truly filled out by the voter without any undue influence.
    Typically, when a person voter goes to the polls whether it’s on election day or as an in-person absentee, he or she is allowed to go to the machine and mark his or her ballot without anyone else seeing how they vote – unless he or she asks for help.

  • More hypocrisy from the left

    The other day a man running for office as a Republican, Todd Akin, said some very stupid things and we all know them. There was righteous outrage from all camps. Compare his words to the actual deeds of men from the other side in the following examples:
    u Minnesota Democrat Rep. Kerry Gauthier was caught at an interstate rest stop in a sexual encounter with a 17-year-old boy a few days ago. I am sure you saw it in the news, but no one was upset about it.

  • Writer thanks city workers for repairing road

    I would like to thank the city of Lancaster and its employees for checking out the dangerous problem we have entering Arch Street from Caskey Lane. I appreciate the city’s work to improve the problem. I’m grateful to the city workers, police officers, fire department employees, council members, along with the public works and sanitation department employees.
    Hats off to you all for your hard work.

    Teresa Massey
    Lancaster
     

  • Student-teacher ratio should be equal to players-coaches

    I support youth sports programs in our schools, but why do teams need so many coaches on staff when many classrooms go lacking?
    My opinion probably will be unpopular with many sports enthusiasts, but I was appalled to read in the football special publication of The Lancaster News that some of the high school teams have almost as many coaches as players.
    The number of team coaches are as follows: Lancaster, 14; Andrew Jackson, 17; Indian Land, 9  and Buford, 11. Four high school football teams have 51 coaches.

  • Don’t amend agendas at meetings

    It is fairly common practice for boards and councils to amend their meeting agendas once a meeting has begun without any objections. From now on, we object to the practice.
    Public bodies are required to give advance notice not less than 24 hours in advance of a meeting. An agenda for any meeting must be posted as well. Essentially, though, public bodies treat agendas as though they are written in pencil, altering them and making additions well into meetings.

  • Conference organizers grateful for support

    On behalf of the members of the Lancaster County Coalition for Healthy Youth, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to the many partners who helped make the fifth annual National Rural Substance Abuse Prevention Conference such a success.
    This is the only national conference that focuses on the unique challenges of working with youth from rural communities.

  • Community responds to help with Seth’s Giving Tree

    To all the wonderful folks of Lancaster County: On behalf of Seth’s Giving Tree, we thank you for your continued support.
    Each of us encounters tragic events in our daily lives. Sometimes, it’s financial or health issues or the loss of a beloved mother, father, son or daughter. With these losses comes pain and heartache, but they also bring opportunity, an opportunity to rely on your faith in God to bring you through the pain.

  • Music and Performance

    It is a proven fact that children who are exposed to the arts perform at a higher level on standardized academic tests. Further, children and adults who have participated in, studied and/or enjoyed the arts in their lives become more creative thinkers and problemsolvers.

    Music, in particular, affects performance. There are teachers who report that the responsiveness of their classes is greater when (intentionally selected) music is included in their learning
    environment.