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  • Editor's Column: My 1st encounter with Linda Blackmon

    Let me start by making this clear: I have no opinion about the truthfulness of Jackie Harris’ voter-fraud allegations against Linda Blackmon after the Nov. 8 Lancaster City Council election. There aren’t enough facts on the table yet.
    With that out of the way, let me tell you a peculiar story.
    If you were driving past The Lancaster News parking lot on White Street late Wednesday afternoon, that was me in the white button-down shirt with my arms crossed, listening and looking perplexed.

  • Editor's Column: Hold your nose if you must, then vote

    Choosing among bad alternatives is sometimes part of life, unavoidable and unpleasant. You hunker down, minimize the damage and cause the least hurt.Slam into an 18-wheeler or drive off a cliff. Close your business and lose everything, or dig the hole even deeper by borrowing in hopes of an unlikely turnaround. Let your life end quickly and painlessly, or undergo months of miserable treatment for a bit more time with those you love.
    Horrible choices. It’s depressing just to think about them.

  • Editor's Column: William McCoy’s missteps come back to baffle him

    When candidates make colossal blunders, you learn a lot about them. 

    Donald Trump declared war on a Muslim Gold Star couple who criticized him at the Democratic convention. And he ranted for a week after the first debate about a Miss Universe who gained weight. 

  • Editor's Column: Weaver wilts in Ansley Park spotlight

    Imagine that this newspaper is being accosted by organized complainers demanding that our publisher take action on their long-standing concerns.

    The publisher calls a big public meeting to hear their gripes and get her editor’s recommendation on how to proceed.

  • Editor's Column: 2 sketchy guys exit a pickup truck

    I had never killed anyone before.
    The two men stepped out of their pickup truck after I stopped them for speeding. One reached inside his coat, pulled out a handgun and pointed it at me. I shot him a half dozen times from 10 feet away.
    The other man was moving toward me, and I saw his hands jerk. I shot him too, pulling the trigger as fast as I could until my sidearm was empty. By the time the last few shots hit the man, he was already on the ground.

  • Editor's Column: If politics were sport, Mr. McCoy would be ejected from the game

    Billy McCoy and his band of merry plagiarizers came up with a head-scratcher of an explanation.
    Yes, they acknowledged, we copied almost every word of an N.C. police department’s strategic plan and called it our own, but that’s not plagiarism. And besides, every law enforcement agency in America does this, so who cares?

  • Editor's Column: Come join the jousting match of ideas

    I encounter angry people often in this job, and that’s OK.
    Usually it’s because of something we published, like a recent story about a young man charged with several violent crimes. His mother called to scream at me that we had no right to drag him through the mud this way, that we should wait to see if he’s convicted. I listened for a while, but when she started repeating herself, I told her I understood why she was angry and said goodbye.

  • Editor's Column: School bond: Analyzing needs, wants, affordability

    Today, we present a sizable batch of letters from our readers about Tuesday’s school bond referendum.
    Traditionally, newspapers refrain from opinion coverage in the final paper before an election, because if someone writes something incorrect that might bias the vote, there’s no way to correct it before the polls open.

  • Our View: We owe it to our children to ok bond

    Vote “yes” on the $199 million school bond referendum Tuesday, March 22. It will benefit every school in the district and will cost less in immediate tax increases than Band-Aid solutions, like mobile classrooms.

    Lancaster County voters have an important decision to make Tuesday, March 22, when they vote on the school bond referendum.

  • Our View: Generosity triumphs with Christmas Basket

    Ward Faulkenberry would be grateful.
    The Christmas charity that bears his name blew the top off its $10,000 goal with a last-minute surge of donations, raising $12,660 through Dec. 23 with a week still to go before the drive’s year-end close.
    There have been 129 donations so far this year, helping nearly 750 Lancaster County residents with boxes of food for a Christmas meal and stockings full of gifts. The recipients were selected through the  Department of Social Services, the Lancaster County Council on Aging, other agencies and churches.