• Column: Ignore the NRA and protect kids

    I am writing concerning the mass shootings. Just one shooting of our children is too much.
    Assault weapons and guns period in our children’s hands are mind-boggling to me.
    Prayer taken out of school, now guns brought in by kids. Yes, there is a problem somewhere.
    Hunters don’t need assault weapons, so why are our young adults able to get them legally.

  • Column: It’s past time to deal with mass murder in America

    Since 9/11 the greatest threat to the safety of our children and loved ones has not been Muslims or “Mexican rapists,” but Americans armed with high-capacity military-grade guns using them for the purpose for which they were devised: to maim and kill lots of people as efficiently as possible.

  • Column: After much study, we’ll vote yes on IL town

    We recently moved to Sun City Carolina Lakes. We were surprised to learn that the “Indian Land” we heard about so often was not a town, but a name used to describe the area of Lancaster County where our home was located.
    We were surprised that such a large developed area was not a town – like Fort Mill, Rock Hill or even Waxhaw. Instead, it is governed by the Lancaster County government.

  • Column: Litter-free streets should be goal in this wonderful city

    I grew up in Lancaster and frequently visit my mother, who lives in the Red Rose City.
    I am so sad to see that litter has taken over the roads of this wonderful city.
    Not just a little bit of litter, but huge amounts of it. This problem seems to have increased over the last few years.
    I see all kinds of fast-food trash, soft-drink cans, water bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles. As soon as we pick up the areas around my mother’s home, the litter reappears in this seemingly never-ending cycle!

  • Column: Don’t forget human nature as you decide on town of IL

    There are some laws I have not heard discussed regarding the proposed Indian Land incorporation. They are laws of human nature.
    The first is the Law of Unintended Consequences. This law says that no matter how much thinking and planning you do, any activity has unintended consequences. And the more complex the activity, the more unintended consequences will occur.

  • Column: Need changes in Conservation Bank, tax credits for kids with special needs

    Beginning in late January, the 2018 legislative session kicked into high gear.
    As we approach budget week in early March and bills are coming out of committees at a high rate, we are beginning to move at full speed. For example, in just one week, the Education Committee, on which I serve, sent 13 bills to the House to consider.

  • Column: Calm down! We are not on the brink of civil war

    I just read Rudy Schmidt’s Feb. 9 column in The Lancaster News headlined “U.S. in political civil war as Dems won’t accept election.”
    I am concerned about his view of our nation. He refers to civil war eight times.
    He states there are no shootings yet except in Democratic controlled cities like Chicago and Baltimore. The only other shooting that he mentioned is that of a Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrat shooting the Republicans practicing softball.

  • Column: Our schoolkids should grow up in an America with fewer guns

    This letter is in response to John Baker’s argument on Wednesday’s opinion page that government officials should be held accountable for stopping improper gun sales.  
    Mr. Baker says liberal pundits have pointed out that shooters in two recent mass killings used AR-15-style rifles, and he proceeds to inform us that the AR-15 is not an assault rifle. He is correct.

  • Column: Billy Graham opens his eyes in the presence of Jesus Christ

    There are times and occasions so explosive with meaning that it is difficult to find the right words to say. The death of Billy Graham is without doubt one of those occasions.
    Our English language has no words to convey the feelings, the emotions, the grief as well as the joy that this news brings to our hearts and minds.
    I cannot claim to have had a personal relationship with Mr. Graham, even though my wife and I did have the tremendous privilege of meeting him and speaking with him on a couple of occasions.

  • Column: A strong voice for Christ and a kind, gracious spirit

    As a young person, I used to read Billy Graham’s daily column, “My Answer,” in the Detroit Free Press.
    I wondered how he came up with his answers. They seemed strange to me. As a college student I saw an article in the Atlantic Monthly making fun of him.
    While a student at the University of Michigan in the early 1960s I attended a meeting where he spoke to students. I was impressed by his faith in God and the Bible, and how nicely he treated everyone, even those he disagreed with. When he spoke, everyone listened intently.