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Today's Opinions

  • To steal from gravesite shows lack of respect

    A cemetery is the final resting place for us when our life ends here on earth.

  • County strategic vision very important

    August’s column was about a strategic visioning process for Lancaster County, this month’s column will be about how to get the process started.

    First, thank you to those who have emailed or talked with me about their interest in being part of this process.

    To develop a good strategic vision, we will need participation from the business community, our various government entities and, most importantly, our citizens.

  • Overspending depletes our county’s yearly budget

    The County Council Finance Committee meeting on Sept. 25 provided an interesting observation that the county’s general fund balance is about $1 million higher than it was last year at this time.

    The Finance Committee heard several proposals from County Administrator Steve Willis about how to spend this money outside the normal budget cycle.

    Spending money outside the budget cycle is one of the primary reasons the county never seems to have enough money.

  • Why I want to represent you

    My name is James Brooks and I wanted to take a few minutes to introduce myself to you as a candidate for the Lancaster County District I School Board representative.

    The first question many people ask is why run? I have lived in the area for more than 25 years and have a son in Indian Land Middle School and I want to see the opportunities for all students, faculty and residents improve as our community grows.

  • Winn poised for success

    Several weeks ago, I submitted a column featuring two young ladies from Lancaster, Paige Duke and Julie Roberts. Both of these women tasted success and then faced adversity. The gist of the column was to show how both fought back and overcame the adversity.

  • It’s the experience, stupid

    In the 1992 presidential election between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, James Carville coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” to focus attention on the then-prevailing recession in the United States.

    I would like to take this opportunity to coin my own variation for this year’s Solicitor’s race, “it’s experience, stupid.”

    As some of you may recall, I ran for solicitor in the Republican primary and came up short.

  • Presumed innocent

    Law professor Richard A. Lord’s words in his letter to the editor, “Letter shows lack of legal system understanding,” published in the Sept. 10 edition of The Lancaster News are a timely reminder of a bed rock principle of American jurisprudence when so many cases involving homicide, race and sex, sometimes in combination, are being decided in the news media rather than the courtroom.

  • Pope now part of the heavenly football game

    Some four years ago, a book, with Pope as the subject, was written and entitled “Do They Play Football in Heaven?”

    Pope envisioned a lofty place where the game is about the offense always producing and the defense always making the key stop.

    I recall that’s how Mike explained his thinking during a book-signing back in the spring of 2010 at Wingate University, his final coaching stop as a volunteer assistant line coach.