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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Registering journalists a laughable proposal

    I had more fun responding to inquiries about S.C. Rep. Mike Pitts’ journalist-registration bill than I have had answering questions about any other proposed restrictions on the press.
    A client called and asked what the response to the bill should be. I responded, “laughter.”
    Unfortunately, many news organizations groaned and harrumphed like the sea lions on the beach in front of William Randolph Hearst’s castle in California. A reaction I suspect Pitts desired.

  • Column: This election, let’s finally pick a leader

    I am reminded of a story about Capt. William Swenson, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his actions on Sept. 8, 2009.  
    On that day, American and Afghan troops were making their way through a part of Afghanistan to help protect a group of government/Afghan officials, who would be meeting with local village elders. They came under ambush, and were surrounded on three sides.

  • Letter: Sen. Tim Scott marks Black History Month

    Each February, our nation takes time to recognize the contributions of African Americans to our great country.
    Black History Month allows each of us an opportunity to learn the stories of so many African Americans who sacrificed so much to contribute to that history – our shared history.  From slavery to freedom, and from segregation to full integration, and now from access to success in every part of our society, it is vital that people hear that beauty and that struggle.  

  • Letter: Dr. Paul McKenzie: A Man of Integrity

    Webster describes integrity as “soundness of moral character.”
    A person with integrity knows what is important and consistently lives in light of what is important to him and those around him. I’ve tried living by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s most powerful speech ever.
    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

  • Melissa Prince: The chamber’s ambassador

    Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Janice Dabney honoring Melissa Prince, vice president of corporate communications for INSP Television Network, as  the Lancaster chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

    It is with great pleasure that I present to you the Lancaster County chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

  • Returning to greatness requires thicker skin than we’re displaying

    “One of the first signs that a ‘society’ is beginning to decline, is the inability of its citizens to cope.” (Anonymous)
    Can anyone see a parallel to that quote in what is happening throughout our nation and the world today?
    As political correctness becomes the norm, we see more and more people becoming upset and offended by mere words. To me that is a perfect example of our society losing its ability to cope.

  • Letter: Fond memories of Thelma Likens

    Today is the anniversary of the death of Thelma Likens. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. I would be remiss if I did not make my thoughts known.
    I moved to Lancaster in 2001 after meeting Thelma’s daughter Judy. We had a decade-long engagement and married in 2011.
    This is my family now, and Lancaster has become my home. I have developed lasting relationships with many people here, and am a faithful Lutheran church member.

  • Letter: In support of Paul McKenzie

    I am writing to voice my support for Dr. Paul McKenzie as the next mayor of Lancaster. Of the six individuals in the race, he is the only individual with a demonstrated record of success in bringing people together, forging consensus and putting forth solutions to address many problems in our community.