Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Sen. Gregory should stop blaming the gun

    Maybe Sen. Greg Gregory could get off the blame-the-gun mentality and set his sights on the two culprits in the Florida shooting.
    One was the government authorities bungling this case, and the other is mental illness. Obviously the senator is ignorant of why we the people have Second Amendment rights.
    The left has no incentive to stop these shootings, for if they did, they would enforce the laws on the books and work to keep the mentally ill from getting their hands on a gun.

  • Letter: Biking, walking both part of infrastructure

    As Congress crafts its responses to the White House’s proposed infrastructure bill, we need a balanced transportation system that includes roads, transit, rail lines and trail networks. We can’t forget walking and biking infrastructure.
    The last National Household Travel Survey shows that  nearly 40 percent of all trips in the United States are within a 20-minute bike ride and over 20 percent are within a 20-minute walk. Connected networks for walking and biking are an essential part of a system of mobility choices that meet our changing needs.

  • 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: 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: 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.

  • 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: 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.

  • 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.