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Today's Opinions

  • Dream Team thanks speedway and its drivers

    My earliest memory of the Lancaster Motor Speedway was going with my father in his El Camino to the pit to watch the races.
    I can sit with him now, and he laughs at the many stories he remembers working as a pit crew member for his friends Don and Tommy Crump. Let’s just say they were beginners. It’s a timeless memory I share with my father, and now, many years later, I have begun to create the same lasting memories with my son.

  • It has been quite a run for Van Wyck’s Crawford

    Sports, often regarded as the games kids play, can be cruel. In a world of what-have-you-done-lately, athletes are often judged by their latest effort. And a performance by an athlete in the twilight of his career will impact how he’s remembered.
    If one wants to remember Olympic champion Shawn Crawford by his latest venture, then so be it.
    Crawford, a Van Wyck native and former Indian Land star athlete, came in seventh in an eight-man race in the 200-meter finals for a spot on the U.S. track and field team at the 2012 Summer Games in London.

  • Make government records easier for citizens to get

    Citizens are frequently urged to get involved in the process of government. Those who heed the call by seeking insights into the workings of government often learn the hurdles can be high and costly.

  • Tough economic times in the past, future

    On Aug. 14, 2000, the rock band Rage Against The Machine performed outside of the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles.
    “Our democracy has been hijacked,” lead singer Zack de la Rocha said as he addressed the crowd at the beginning of the show. “We are not going to allow these streets to be taken over by the Democrats or the Republicans.”
    Back then, people complained about $1.80 gas – nothing compared to recent lows of $2.88.

  • Set aside today for fasting and prayer for our nation

    On Thursday June 28, 2012, I spent the day reflecting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Health Care Act.
    Many people made a lot of smart-sounding pronouncements. They all sound great and wise. I fear they have missed the real issue. This is my attempt to address the elephant in the room that few are willing to discuss.
    America was born in 1776 in the fires of a tax revolt. Is history repeating itself? King George arrogantly assumed he had enough power to keep the colonies under control. He was wrong.

  • Individual opinions and feelings vary

    In Rudy Schmidt’s letter to the editor, “Stop believing lies, follow the truth,” in the June 29 edition, he throws  Democrats into the boiling oil and equates them to the politicians who brought about the Civil War.
    A history professor at the University of North Carolina said most Americans ignore the 150th anniversary of that war except Southerners.

  • Be safe, have fun on the Fourth of July

    The United States of America will celebrate its 236th birthday today.
    The midsummer holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring America’s independence from Great Britain.
    It is a day of celebration, from the backyard to the pool, river or the beach. Popular forms of celebration and observance include picnics, parades, cookouts, concerts, baseball games and family reunions.
    Before embarking on that special celebration, we encourage you to take in the true meaning of the day.

  • Skateboarders, officials work together for Kershaw park

    Persistence personified can be found in the group of area youth who have pushed for a skateboard park in Lancaster County.
    The group, led by Dustin Owens and his skateboard-loving followers, have frequented area government council meetings in the past year, pushing for a skateboard park.
    They’ve been to city and county council meetings in hopes of a solution, but it appears they may have found their future hopes at the Kershaw Town Council.