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Today's Opinions

  • Column: So much good has come from AJMS setback

    Our students and staff walked into a shiny, refurbished Andrew Jackson Middle School on Tuesday – a school thoroughly scrubbed, with new paint, new ceiling tiles and a like-new cafeteria.
    They even used a new entrance from U.S. 521 and a car-stacking loop – safer for parents and students as they wait to unload because now there’s enough room to get off 521 as they wait.

  • Column: How about controlling ammunition?

    The Second Amendment and gun control. These two topics make big headlines every time there is a mass shooting.
    Murder, rape, abuse and robbery involving guns and other weapons are the staple of our daily local news broadcasts. After the massacre in a Florida school, I could no longer resist expressing my feelings.
    I know what it feels like to lose a loved one. I lost my wife to cancer. The loss of a child must be even more devastating.

  • Letter: Think about helping Cultural Arts Center

    Many of you have been generous in the past in supporting the work of the Lancaster County Society for Historical Preservation.
    Your donations – and your attendance and sponsorship of events – are financing restoration and improvements at the Lancaster Cultural Arts Center (formerly the Olde Presbyterian Church) and security improvements at the adjacent cemetery, which has been vandalized twice in the past 20 months.

  • Column: Lancaster ‘conversation’ event will focus on civility, listening

    Community transformation starts when we are all communicating with one another and have a shared commitment to work together for the long haul. But in today’s society, where even our social media has become polarized, it can be harder to meet across the divides of ideology and partisanship.
    The National Week of Conversation, taking place all across the country from April 20-28, is a time for people from many different backgrounds and perspectives to come together and spend time in conversation with those who may have different views than themselves.

  • Letter: Sending out prayers for Mayor Howard’s family

    This letter is to Mayor Howard’s family. May the good Lord bless you and comfort you in this time of sorrow.
    Know that he is not sick anymore. He is with Jesus. All of you are in my prayers.

    Carl Miles Sr.
    Lancaster

  • Letter: NAFTA is responsible for closed paper mills

    The column about newsprint tariffs by Susan Rowell, publisher of The Lancaster News, shows that the writer has a short memory.
    Not that long ago, most newsprint paper was made in the United States.
    I can remember when a lot of old newsprint was recycled. The Boy Scouts and other organizations would go around and collect the old paper and sell it to the paper mills.
    That all ended when NAFTA came along, and the U.S. mills could not compete with the lower-cost paper coming from Canada. The American mills closed down and put thousands of people out of work.

  • Column: Thank you, Mrs. Bush, for caring

    Editor’s note: Tom Rosshirt, a national security speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and a foreign affairs spokesman for Vice President Al Gore, wrote this column about Barbara Bush in 2012. The former first lady died Tuesday at 92.

    My brother Matt died of AIDS 26 years ago today, passing away in his bed in my parents’ home in Houston.

  • Senate update: Nuke debacle and a lot more

    The General Assembly is like the weather in that it rarely remains tranquil. Whether self-induced, or unrelated to our actions, something always stirs the place up.
    This session it’s the cessation of construction at the Jenkinsville nuclear reactors meant to power South Carolina for the next generation. The plug was pulled due to myriad problems, including the bankruptcy of the contractor, Westinghouse. What’s left is $9 billion in debt and a lot of questions.