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Columns

  • ‘Merry Christmas’ shouldn’t be offensive

    What a wonderful time of year! Or, is it? For many, it is, but for many others, it isn’t wonderful at all.

    For some, it is a reminder of a painful Christmas in the past. Perhaps the death of a loved one occurred during the Christmas season, and now, each year when it rolls around, it is nothing more than a horrific memory from a bygone day.

  • Call it tyranny when citizens are shut out

    We seldom hear the word tyrant anymore, except perhaps to describe a spoiled child or unreasonable boss. Language has become so soft and powerless that, while it may not offend, neither does it convey much.

    These days Americans cringe at intensity in political language. That’s understandable given the constant onslaught of material designed to get the attention of donors, activists and voters. And no doubt there’s a lot of anger in our country, which is increasingly volatile and dangerously unfocused.

  • Warming center for homeless needs volunteers

    The Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless has been working hard to expand services for the homeless in our county, and we need your help in doing so.
    The coalition is pleased to announce the opening of the Lancaster Warming Center, which will begin operating as soon as we can get volunteers in place.
    The winter months are a time when the most vulnerable members of our community are most vulnerable to the elements. We will need much more community support moving forward, and we are offering many opportunities for the community to get involved.

  • Column: Ban evil religious sect in our midst – the Presbyterians

    There is a dangerous, revolutionary group that has a long history of violence and is driven by a fanatical religious belief that they were chosen by God. They have infiltrated our state and country and threaten our way of life and our very existence.
    We must, at a minimum, make those who are here register, establish surveillance on their places of worship and keep others from entering our country.
    I’m talking about the Presbyterians.

  • Column: The problem isn’t guns and drugs, it’s lack of hope

    Once again, activists are addressing drug and gun violence. After reading the “Slayings Provoke Activists” article in the Dec. 9 Lancaster News and thinking on this problem, I believe it’s not the drugs and guns that they need to focus on, but the attitudes that young people are growing up with.
    It’s the bullying all children receive at the hands of others from babyhood on. It’s children absorbing all that “adults” do. And if you’re a little one, anyone taller is an adult to you.

  • Column: The legacy of Charleston’s Joe Riley

    “Until the arrival of Joe Riley, Charleston was a sleepwalking, underachieving city with its eyes fastened on a past where its citizens began the most calamitous war in American history. The story of Joe Riley is the story of the renaissance of a city restored to greatness by the dauntless vision of a single man.”

  • Column: Exercise: Essential for brain as well as physical well-being

    In 1966 when I graduated from Presbyterian College, the United States was behind Russia in the space race. Russia had developed Sputnik, the first Earth satellite.
    The National Defense Education Act was funded, and a number of us received scholarships under this program so that psychologists could be educated and then sent into the community. The sole purpose of this law was to help identify gifted and talented science students so that the United States could catch up in the space race. Our country is currently behind internationally in science and math.

  • Column: Fear-mongering is in the eye of the beholder

    Michael Jedson has chosen to criticize my opinion on the issue of Syrian refugees. (TLN Nov. 25) He has called my comments “raising hysteria” and “fear mongering.”

  • Column: Don’t blame God for mass killing in San Bernardino

    The Daily News of New York City, with letters that covered the front page of the Dec. 3 edition, boldly proclaimed, “God Isn’t Fixing This.” The statement was made in the wake of yet another mass killing, this one in San Bernardino, Calif., in which 14 people were killed and more than a dozen others wounded.
    This headline is sheer lunacy and outright hypocrisy.

  • U-turn on McClancy troubling

    Editor’s note: On Nov. 9, Lancaster County Council voted 4-3 to deny a rezoning request by McClancy Seasoning for a 21-acre tract in Indian Land.  More than 100 of McClancy’s neighbors had protested the rezoning, saying it would devalue their homes. On Nov. 23, the council voted to reconsider that decision, sending the proposal to the planning commission for more study.

    As a citizen of Lancaster County and Indian Land, I am troubled by the Lancaster County Council’s Nov. 23 decision to reconsider the McClancy rezoning issue.