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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Income distribution shows clout of the rich in setting U.S. policy

    In the Nov. 24 Lancaster News, Rudy Schmidt responded to my Nov. 15 column about how Democratic policies help the middle class.
    I appreciate the cordial nature of Mr. Schmidt’s comments. In his article he asked me to give the basis for my statements. I will try succinctly to do just that.
    The Gini Coefficient, a measure of income distribution, has been increasing in the United States since 1980. (That means the middle class has been shrinking and the few very rich have been getting richer. Also, real wages have been decreasing.)

  • Column: Guns essential for protection against crime, totalitarianism

    Ninety-eight percent of mass shootings in America since the 1950s, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, have occurred in gun-free zones. That is why people die, because it’s the place of choice for the mentally ill perps. No one to shoot back.

  • Column: Sheriff’s Indian Land estimates raise parity issue across county

    Friday’s Lancaster News article on law-enforcement costs for an incorporated Indian Land highlights a significant discrepancy in charges for similar services throughout the county.
    Until this year, the sheriff’s office provided law enforcement services for the incorporated area of Heath Springs. When the cost for those services increased from $23,500 to $38,500 earlier this year, Heath Springs chose not to renew the contract.  Presumably, they still receive some level of coverage from the sheriff because they are still part of Lancaster County.

  • Column: Churches, protect yourselves by letting CWP holders carry

    In the last two years, there have been three incidents at churches in Charleston, Antioch, Tenn., and Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a man with a gun entered the church and began shooting.
    Thirty-six people were killed and many more wounded. In each of these shootings, the helpless victims were trapped and unable to defend themselves.

  • Column: Prosecute bureaucrats who fail to put criminals on no-buy list

    In his Sunday column, the editor expressed legitimate concerns about the deaths that have occurred in several recent mass shootings.
    He mentioned the failure of the Air Force to forward information to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, that would have precluded Devin Patrick Kelley from acquiring the firearms that he used in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

  • Memories of Holiday Barbie

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.


    My grandma Reba Bruton used to get up from our Christmas present-opening time to grab the white Walmart bags.

    Inside were her three granddaughters’ presents.

    She gave these same – but different – presents to all of us each year.

    I got mine for 14 years, starting when I was 3 years old.

  • Memories of Holiday Barbie

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.


    My grandma Reba Bruton used to get up from our Christmas present-opening time to grab the white Walmart bags.

    Inside were her three granddaughters’ presents.

    She gave these same – but different – presents to all of us each year.

    I got mine for 14 years, starting when I was 3 years old.

  • Memories of Holiday Barbie

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.


    My grandma Reba Bruton used to get up from our Christmas present-opening time to grab the white Walmart bags.

    Inside were her three granddaughters’ presents.

    She gave these same – but different – presents to all of us each year.

    I got mine for 14 years, starting when I was 3 years old.