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Today's Opinions

  • Evans letter: County government not responding to citizens’ concerns

    From actual experience, I know you folks down at the paper really do read the stuff people send in for publication. But I betcha the things that concern the readers are rarely noted by the folks we employ to “run” the business of government.

  • Holland column: Convenience center sites – ‘Serious crisis’ for county?

    You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before,” said Rahm Emanuel in November 2008.
    Is it possible this policy is being factored into decisions and actions taken by our county officials?
    Case in point

  • Knapp column: Constitutional convention dangerous and unnecessary

    Supporters of a national constitutional convention, as provided for in Article V of the U.S. Constitution, have gained the support of 27 state legislatures for the idea. They need 34.
    Republicans and Democrats are at war both with each other and within their own parties over the proposal. Some Republicans want such a convention for the purpose of getting a “balanced budget” amendment.
    Some Democrats also want a convention for the purpose of overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling and regulating political campaign spending.

  • Gaither column: The life of a coach – Remembering Lawyous Smith

    Gone but not forgotten. Longtime teacher and coach Lawyous Smith departed this life on March 11, 2015, in Covington, Ga., where he had been living since 2012.
    In 1963, Smith was hired as the third and final head football coach in the short history of Hillside High School.

  • Dodge column: Use taxes to end the Nuclear Age, not prolong it

    Following the arrival of spring each year, our nation renews its commitment to our priorities on Tax Day, April 15, from education to health care, infrastructure and national defense. Included among these expenditures are nuclear weapons programs – weapons that cannot and must not ever be used.

  • Ussery column: We just wanted to play on Saturdays

    Saturday was always big for us young’uns on the farm, and it was no different the last Saturday in June 1954.
    If it wasn’t raining, Saturday was always washday; and our work load was cut by one-third since Daddy had a well drilled. No more hauling water from the spring and no more boiling clothes in wash pots. Mama had a used washing machine, and the sisters really liked it until the wringer tried to swallow one of them’s arm. Big young’uns were hanging clothes on the line while us little ones were putting socks and our underwear on bushes to dry.

  • Schmidt column: Obama locks out everyone

    The pilot was locked out of the cockpit. That phrase finally revealed the full horror of the crash of Germanwings Flight 9525.
    Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, in his single-minded madness, couldn’t be stopped because anyone who could change the jet’s disastrous course was locked out.
    It’s hard to imagine the growing feelings of fear and helplessness that the passengers felt as the unforgiving landscape rushed up to meet them.

  • Wilt column: Refusal to fund criminal justice system denies constitutional rights

    The Lancaster County fiscal year 2015-16 administrator’s recommended budget was posted on the county website on Thursday, April 2, and presented to the County Council’s Administration Committee the same day.
    In a surprising development, the serious difficulties in the Lancaster County criminal justice system are not adequately addressed in this budget, as they were not addressed in the 2014-15 budget.