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Today's Opinions

  • 1-cent local tax will be tough case

    Even when times are good, it’s always a challenge for officials to write the county budget. Conflicting interests are always at play, and the money can never be stretched as far as County Council would like.

    This year, of course, isn’t the best of times. Gas prices are at record highs, and the price of gas has started to affect the price of food and clothing. The local housing market, many say, remains good, but there has been a slowdown in the issuance of building permits.

  • Landscape around post office neglected

    I am appalled at the exterior condition of our local post office - the weeds that inhabit the landscape beds, the mildew covered crepe myrtles and the inattention given to the entry and sidewalks. I spoke to the former postmaster about the problems and no improvements were made.

    The plants and shrubbery look like what you would see around an abandoned building.

    I shared my concern with the current postmaster, at least I assume he is still there. He said he would correct the problem soon. Soon has come and gone and now it is much later.

    Tom Morgan

    Lancaster

  • Furniture and people can be a lot alike

    I have wanted an antique mantle all my life. For my birthday I got $160. I took my money and found an old mantle in back of Southern Attic for $150. You could hardly see it because it had bird houses and hanging flowers on it.

    My mother, Jeanette Estridge, taught my sister, Marian Starnes, and me to look for treasures no one else sees. I found mine. It was beautiful. It had some pieces broken off and they were probably lost years ago, but it was beautiful.

  • Learn to never give up

    My name is Sheila Freeman, or Annette, as some may know me. I live in Lancaster and was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer in December 2005. It was 5cm x 5cm in size. It had been there for awhile. It took me by surprise. The whole family was in shock. I kept thinking and saying Lord not me, what have I done to deserve this?

    I had just had my third son in June 2005. He was born with hydrocephalus, polymicrogyria and is legally blind. I had the cancer when I was expecting him, but did not know it. We are not sure if the cancer affected him.

  • Give serious thought about the future

    I don’t know why everyone is complaining about high oil prices. For the past 30 years, you have sent people to Washington who said they would not vote for drilling for oil or putting up refineries. Did you think this day would never come? Washington’s answer to problem: Alternative fuel. Well, they converted corn and wheat and now we have a food shortage and higher gas prices.

  • Be considerate, don't block diesel pumps

    Be considerate, don’t block diesel pumps

    I stopped by a convenience store recently to fuel up, only to find all the end pumps occupied. Most of the pumps in the middle aisles were empty, but they are of no use to me because I drive a diesel. Oh, did I mention that all the vehicles occupying the end pumps were pumping gasoline and not diesel?

  • Organization's purpose to support patients, families

    Organization’s purpose to support patients, families

    On behalf of the Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, I would like to thank Jonathan Ryan for his wonderful coverage of Parkinson’s disease featured in the May 2 edition of The Lancaster News. This article was a great wrap-up for our organization’s April Parkinson Awareness campaign.

  • Mothers deserve their own special day

    Today is special. We pause to pay tribute to those extraordinary women we know as mother, mama or mom.

    No matter her parental title, she is to have all the honor she deserves.

    Mom does it all – a little bit of everything – cook, cleaner, washer, doctor, cheerleader, driver, coach and teacher. That’s just the short list. The duties for this lady are endless.

    Through the years, the roles may have been different, but mom has always had a special place in our lives.