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Today's Opinions

  • Council needs to take closer look at new projects

    Lancaster County Council passed second reading of the county’s 2016 budget at its June 8 meeting. There were no comments at the public hearing. A copy of the budget was posted on the county’s website.

    Previous comments concerning the sheriff’s office, E-911, EMS, voter registration and other departments still apply. All are in the current budget, but are hanging by a thread.

  • Jesus leaves disciples and us with words of comfort

    On the day before his crucifixion, Jesus gathered his apostles into an upper room in Jerusalem. After washing their feet, he predicted that one of them would betray him.

    After Judas left, he declared that he himself would soon leave them, and that Peter would deny him three times. It is no wonder, then, that the remaining apostles were unsettled by what had just occurred.

    Jesus comforted his apostles by saying,  “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me (John 14:1).”

  • Solicitor’s backlog impacts community

    It is very easy for the solicitor’s office to get convictions against people who plead guilty. My problem with the solicitor’s office is that there are so many cases on backlog that concern murder and other crimes that are yet to be prosecuted.

    One murder investigation is supposedly awaiting better forensic evidence before it can be tried. This came out of the mouth of our retired solicitor. This specific case is several years old. The people involved in the commitment of the aforementioned crime are out doing more.

  • Fisher House benefits veterans’ families

    In 1990, Pauline Trost, the wife of Adm. Carlisle H Trost, chief of Naval Operations, presented the idea of the need for temporary lodging facilities for families at major military medical centers. She contacted a known New York real estate developer and major philanthropist Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher.

  • Freedom hard to get, easy to lose

    On Independence Day we celebrate the gift of freedom given to us 239 years ago by the founders of our great nation. Freedom is as precious as life itself.However, its true value is rarely appreciated unless it is either threatened or lost.

    July Fourth isn’t just a day off. It’s more than barbecues and parties. The Fourth of July is a time to renew your gratitude for your good fortune to be living in the greatest country in the world.

  • Speeding on U.S. 521 a real problem

    When I write about speeding vehicles on U.S. 521, I am just an old fuddy-duddy who ought to just shut up and sit back down in his rocking chair and leave the driving to those accustomed to ignoring posted speed limits.

    After all, folks have got to get to work or someplace real important.

    Some get delayed at the Shiloh-Unity Road/U.S. 521 intersection traffic light. Those stupid highway engineers install 45-mph speed signs with flashing lights to get our attention. How in the world can I use my cell phone and GPS with such a distraction?

  • American intervention worsens world wars

    South Carolina’s senior senator, Lindsay Graham has interpreted only 56 percent of his party’s vote in the last election as a mandate to run for president. Graham never misses an opportunity to zealously advocate an American foreign policy that imposes American-style democracy on countries, many of which still live contentedly in the 12th century and care little for American interventionalism and the death of American boys for democracy.

    Graham has learned nothing from our failed nation building in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Egypt.

  • Writer takes issue with hiring requirement

    This letter is in response to the June 3 article regarding the first reading of the Lancaster County budget for the 2015-2016 budget year.

    To put it mildly, I was taken aback by council member Charlene McGriff’s request and Bob Bundy’s agreement that a qualified minority be considered for the part-time position in the voter registration office.