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Today's Opinions

  • Why we should re-elect our sheriff

    For the first time anyone can remember, we get two choices for sheriff in the Nov. 6 general election – Barry Faile, our current sheriff, and Scott Case, a police officer from Great Falls.

  • Springs Memorial earns honor

    National recognition is nice and national recognition two straight years is, well, twice as nice.
    That’s what Springs Memorial Hospital earned from the Joint Commission – the leading accreditor of  health-care organizations in America.

  • Driving force

    I am a teenager. I stay up too late; I wake up too late. I get emotional. I don’t want my parents circling me like hawks, and I definitely don’t want them to try to tell me what to do, especially behind the wheel. However, now that students are back into the school routine, it’s time for everyone to pay attention to teen safety on the road.

  • Newspaper needs to explain health-care act

    This is in response to Shannon Catoe’s letter, “Catoe defends her facts,” in the Sept. 30 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Ms. Catoe, you may have read the health-care act, but obviously you did not read my letter. In it I stated that I have not talked to doctors, etc.
    I stated that I would like the newspaper to do an in-depth report and get facts, not just opinions and tell the whole story.

  • Woman pleads for information about man’s death

    As you have all heard, I lost my soulmate due to a hit-and-run or a very brutal attack on Sept. 8, 2012. This was not only a devastating loss for me, but also to my nine innocent children.
    Do you know children are a gift from God – a gift many people do not have the joy of experiencing. However, I am blessed. Great Falls is one awesome little town. Whoever says anything different needs to come speak with me.

  • Choose your candidate based on performance

    Mary Reid, who wrote the letter, “Ability to vote is a privilege,” in the Sept. 23 edition of The Lancaster News, is correct in saying that we should vote. She tries to blame the problems on former President George W. Bush. When Democrats took over full control of Congress in January 2007, unemployment was 4.6 percent and the debt just over $6 trillion.
    Within a year, both numbers escalated rapidly and have worsened ever since, including the subprime mortgage meltdown and resulting foreclosures.

  • Van Wyck festival an enjoyable event

    The spirit of Van Wyck was evident at the annual Celebrate Van Wyck Festival, held recently in that beautiful corner of the county.
    The two pictures in the Sept. 30 edition of The Lancaster News were just examples of the variety of activities for children. As our cars were being parked by the state guard based in Lancaster, my sister and I could see the children at play and hear their laughter, and the music of Lebo Blackmon  and the Soul Reviers.

  • Ethics Cojones 101 – the people, politicians, press

    Our state is on the front end of what should be a huge fight about ethics reform.
    To say this fight is important to the future of our state is like saying an oasis is important to a man in the desert. Our duty, as citizens with a huge stake in the outcome of this contest, will be to ensure that the reform we wind up with this time isn’t just another political mirage. And that’s going to take what one well-respected South Carolinian recently called cojones.