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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Treasurer seldom stops working, parents say

    This year, Lancaster County voters will choose a number of people who will serve them as county officials. One of those on the ballot will be county Treasurer Carrie Helms, who happens to be our daughter.
    We see the job she does first-hand in ways many people don’t.

  • Letter: McCusker’s comments need grain of salt

    I am proud to see that the once-rural part of our county growing so rapidly. Yes, I am old enough to remember its previous life.
    Matt McCusker’s comments on the Opinion page Feb. 17, “IL residents must act to protect their future,” should be taken with a grain of salt. A casual reader might assume that our county council is to blame for the congestion in Indian Land (aka Camelot).

  • Column: Debating what causes decline of middle class

    I would like to thank William St. Louis for his Feb. 21 response to my Feb. 17 column. I sense that we may be close to agreement on several issues.
    I see the erosion of the middle class, and so does Mr. St Louis. The point of disagreement seems to be my observation that many are focused only on leisure and recreation. Leisure and recreation are not evil in themselves. However, when these become an obsessive priority in life, it may reflect a sense of frustration and helplessness.

  • Column: We’re not dumb hicks and Yankee carpetbaggers

    There was a time when the only discord in Van Wyck was how you should pronounce the name. Van Wick, Van Wack, Van Wike, there are plenty of arguments and plenty of people who “just know” the right way to say it.
    OK, there are also people here still arguing the rights and wrongs of a case involving a dog that’s been dead for 20 years.  

  • Letter: 2nd Amendment simple, absolute

    I’d like to know what part of “shall not be infringed” do people not understand? I am sick of the know-it-all leftist elitists telling me we should have more “sensible gun regulations,” and the lemmings that go along with that.
    Read the Constitution. We have a right to bear arms. We have a right to protect ourselves, not only against intruders in or on our property, but against a tyrannical, ever more intrusive, right-abolishing government.

  • Letter: Democrats do not respect Constitution

    Michael Jedson’s Feb. 17 letter was interesting.
    He made the case for the hypocrisy of the Republicans who “say time and time again that the Constitution is their Bible” and go after President Obama when he issues executive orders that usurp the legislative powers given to the Congress by the Constitution. But now those same Republicans oppose the Constitution in saying that Obama should not get a chance to carry out his Constitutional duty of picking the successor to Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

  • Column: The middle class is dying

    While reading Dr. L. Brooks Walter’s Feb. 17 column, “Maybe too late to forestall social, financial collapse,” I found the need to make the following observations.

  • Column: USCL: Great opportunity, great value

    A note accompanying a recent gift from one of our donors included this perceptive sentence: “The rapidly escalating cost of pursuing an education at a four year, residential university emphasizes the importance of offering an alternative educational opportunity like USCL.”