Today's Opinions

  • Black gum tree not in the dogwood family

    As I was looking at the Sept. 21 edition of The Lancaster News, a sentence in Joanna Angle’s “Tree Talk” article on the black gum jumped out at me: “A member of the dogwood family, nyssa sylvatica is also commonly called black tupelo....”
    While it is true that nyssa sylvatica or black gum is also called black tupelo; it is not in the dogwood family, but in the nyssaceae, or tupelo family.
    Trees in the family cornaceae compose the dogwood family, which contains our common local dogwood, flowering dogwood or cornus florida.

  • We’re losing our heroes every day

    I guess I am at the age when folks read the obits. In the Washington papers, there are usually photos of men and women who served in the military services during World War II. 
    It is especially interesting to note significant excerpts from their heroics, which as a child I followed on newspaper maps pinned to the back of our kitchen door.
    Rarely do these survivors of World War II comment on their participation, especially that stuff from which heroes are made.

  • Newspaper should check facts in Catoe’s column

    The Lancaster News should check facts before printing (columns). The guest column by Shannon Catoe, “New law compromises health care for everyone,” in the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News was full of inaccuracies and incomplete statements.
    Don’t use the excuse that it is on the opinion page. It is not listed as a letter to the editor, it is listed as a guest column.
    Here are a few of the inaccuracies or misinformation:
    1. 1.40 percent tax of high-benefit plans (this means you teachers)

  • Stop using the ‘A’ word

    I must respond to the letter written by Vicki Campbell, “Religious beliefs have no place in political views,” in the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News.
    Ms. Campbell, I beg to differ with your premise, but my purpose with this response is not to argue whether God and his people should just shut up when the government decides that killing children is OK.
    My purpose of this letter goes far beyond the foolish argument that Christians need to keep their moral beliefs separate from how our nation is governed.

  • Morals do matter

    In response to Vicki Campbell’s letter, “Religious beliefs have no place in political views,” in the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News, I will let the word (Bible) speak for me.
    Jeremiah 1:5 – “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as  prophet to the nations.”
    Psalm 139:13 – “For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”

  • Don’t miss the IL Fall Festival on Saturday

    It’s almost show time for the seventh annual Indian Land Fall into Fun Festival and third annual S.C. Championship Chili Cookoff.
    Saturday’s festival promises to be a lot of fun for everyone from toddlers to teens and older folks, all for a good cause.
    “This is the biggest fundraiser for the Indian Land Rotary Club, and what we do with the funds is give back, mostly to the local Indian Land community,” Indian Land Rotary Club President Dr. Adam Cooper said.

  • Harris will take a positive stand for all residents

    I am a Lancaster resident and I want to point out a few facts about the  two candidates running for the District 3 City Council seat – Jackie Harris and Linda Blackmon-Brace.
    The question of where Blackmon-Brace lives – Rose Lane or Arch Street – has been addressed in stories in this newspaper. There is no question where Harris lives. She lives on Springs Street. Harris is trustful.

  • Harris will make effective community leader

    Congratulations to city residents living in District 3. It was a pleasure to hear that Jackie Harris has decided to run for a City Council seat. She has the skills and talent to be an effective community leader.
    I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Jackie Harris for almost 20 years. Initially as a co-worker at the Lancaster Children’s Home, she’s continued to be a close friend. Whether we’re discussing a child’s case or a Sunday school lesson, the compassion and support are there.