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Columns

  • 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.

  • Sheriff's Column: 2017 crime figures improve, plus arrests are up

    The numbers are in. Lancaster County crime rates were down in 2017 compared to 2016 and were at their lowest levels since 2008 in several categories.
    During the same period, arrest rates were up.

  • Column: Hold bureaucrats accountable for stopping improper gun sales

    In two recent mass shootings, last November at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and last week at Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., we have seen a total of 43 people killed and another 34 wounded.
    The slaughter of these innocents is inexcusable.
    In the Texas case, the perpetrator committed suicide after having been shot and then pursued by a nearby resident. In the Florida case, the perpetrator was captured shortly after the attack, and will be processed through the criminal justice system.

  • Column: The unusual, political way we pick judges

    South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty is a former state House member. So is James Lockemy, chief judge of the S.C. Court of Appeals, the state’s second-highest court.
    The road from the State House to the courthouse historically has been an easy one, as The Nerve has previously reported. Last week, the legislature, which has 52 lawyer-lawmakers, or 30 percent of the 170-member body, continued their tradition of nepotism in the latest round of judicial elections.