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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • On the Ballot

    Following are the contested races in the Nov. 6, 2012, general election
    Lancaster County Sheriff
    u Barry Faile (D-i)
    u Scott Case (R)
    Lancaster City Council
    (non-partisan)
    * District 3
    u Linda
         Blackmon-Brace (i)
    u Jackie Harris
    * District 4
    u Tamara Green
        Garris (i)
    u Jean S. Cureton
    Lancaster County Council
    * District 5
    u Kathy Sistare (D-i)
    u Steve Harper (R)
    Statehouse

  • Voting not only a right; it’s your duty as a citizen

    In a matter of weeks, voters have to make some important choices. Who will lead our nation? Who will represent us in Congress? Who will be our new state legislator?
    Locally, voters will choose a sheriff, a County Council member and two City Council members.

  • Catoe defends her facts

    I would like to briefly respond to Linda Adam’s Sept. 26 letter, “Newspaper should check facts in Catoe’s column,” about my Sept. 19 guest column, “New law compromises health care for everyone,” regarding the Affordable Care Act.
    Ms. Adams, with all due respect, you “debunked” my facts by using the IRS website. We all know how the IRS has our best interest at heart.

  • What would ancestors think of those who sell their votes?

    When you sell your vote you sell your dignity. We have to remember the generations before us who fought so hard just for the right to vote and have our votes be counted.
    And today, we are hearing that people in our neighborhoods are selling that hard-fought right for pocket change. What would our ancestors think?
    What would our fathers, grandfathers and great-grandfathers – who braved lynchings, dogs and Jim Crowe tactics – think if they saw us today? Would you trade your vote for a mere $20? We are told that there are those among us who do.

  • Abortion not the same as other medical practices

    Vicki Campbell’s letter, “Religious beliefs have no place in political views,” in the Sept. 19 edition of The Lancaster News was a blow to me as a Christian. Shame on you. As I understand the Bible, God declares that he forms a baby in the womb, (Jeremiah 1:5.) Psalm 139:13 says “For you created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” That’s what separates abortion from other medical practices.