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Columns

  • Happy Birthday, America!

    Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday, Dear America, Happy Birthday to you.
    Sing along with me. Let’s eat cake and celebrate the United States.
    Our nation was born on July 4, 1776. And the Fourth of July is the day we commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence; the day the 13 colonies declared independence from Great Britain.
    Stop the Trump-bashing for one day. Stop the political-pelting for one day. Stop the ‘God bless us four and no more’ for one day.

  • Mollette column: Let’s all return to civility in nation’s public debates

    My wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Md., most of last Wednesday, June 27. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group and taking an afternoon to enjoy Annapolis.

    I never dreamed we were just one day and a few streets away from what would become America’s next horrific shooting. A newspaper office staff was gunned down by a crazed gunman. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones of those shot at the Capital Gazette.

  • Worthington column: The killings have shaken every newsroom family

    For years, reporters typed “-30-” when they were done writing their stories. It was a signal to copy boys, copy editors and typesetters that they had reached the end of the story.
    -30- also seems to be the most fitting tribute to the five employees murdered Thursday at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md.
    Combined, Gerald Fischman, Carl Hiaasen, James McManus and Wendi Winters had more than 100 years of journalism experience. The fifth person, Rebecca Smith, was a sales assistant.

  • Manicone column: We get into this business to tell our readers the truth

    A dedication to the truth and the communities we serve – that is what journalism is all about. A commitment to the people’s right to know.
    That idea is out of public favor these days.
    President Trump has led the charge against the news media. At one campaign rally, he jokingly imitated a journalist’s physical disability. Now he routinely labels accurate reporting as “fake news.” He calls the press pool that covers him “the most dishonest people.”

  • Summers column: Small-town journalists cut from the same cloth

    Overworked, underpaid, unappreciated outside a building with no windows and borderline burned out, I come close to quitting my job at least once a week.
    I have a wife and daughter, and most days I don’t see them long enough to have a conversation.
    After 20 years in this newsroom, I drink too much coffee and eat too many sandwiches at my desk.

  • Weimer column: Pets and fireworks do not mix well

    With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks.
    With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.
    Phantom Fireworks asks that you please be mindful of the following tips:
    • Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

  • Moseley column: Be a hero: Donate your organs

    Organ donation saves lives and families. As of March, 115,000 men, women and children were on the national transplant waiting list.
    More than 33,600 transplants were performed in 2016 (2,853 so far in 2018). And every 10 minutes, another person is added to the waiting list.
    Although 95 percent of U.S. adults support organ donation, only 54 percent have signed up as donors. The reality is that 20 people die each day waiting for a transplant, according to organdonor.gov.

  • Treasurer's column: No cash payments at IL office

    Part of keeping the treasurer’s office taxpayer-friendly is coming up with new choices for improved customer service. As part of my promise to put Lancaster County taxpayers first, the treasurer’s office will soon begin offering service at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center.

  • Cureton and DeVenny column: Come tell us more of your dreams for county library

    We asked and you responded. Over 1,110 responses poured in when we asked you to reflect on your “library of the future.”
    Roughly 45 percent of our survey respondents came from the city of Lancaster, 41 percent from the Indian Land/Fort Mill ZIP codes, and 14 percent scattered across the rest of the county.
    We asked you to tell us about your households.
    Forty-three percent responded that you live in a two-person household, 12 percent said you have three in your home, 31 percent have four or more members and 14 percent live alone.

  • Newton column: Finally, solid rules for how HOAs work

    With the 2018 legislative session almost wrapped up, it’s time to look back at what has been a busy year. Some bills are still pending, and a couple of special sessions are planned for this summer.
    Here’s what we’ve accomplished at the State House so far. This is the first part of my 2018 legislative summary. As we continue to wrap up bills this summer, I will publish a second part with further updates on issues.
    HOA reform