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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Let’s Talk About It

    Yes, let’s talk. Not only to ourselves, not only to people who look like us, not only to people who go to church with us, not only to our friends and family, but also to our community members, clergy and law enforcement officers.  
    In order to start to heal from the tragedies that have occurred throughout our country, we must have an open and honest dialogue with folks who do not look like us. We need to understand why we do not trust each other. We need to understand we all hurt when our loved ones are killed.

  • Column: County Council: Confusion, lack of understanding or just unprepared?

    Which was it during the July 18 Lancaster County Council meeting? There was much discussion and some opposition to Councilman Jack Estridge’s motion to undo or rescind the approval of a June 13 motion to renew a motion that was never made.
    The June 13 actions were a clear violation of the council’s rules of parliamentary procedures.
    Estridge’s motion itself was really quite simple – “a motion to rescind (cancel) the approval of a motion to renew an ordinance or, if you prefer, to renew a motion.” That was it.

  • Column: Here’s how our system works: Vote or shut up

    The final phase of this political season has officially begun. I think we can all agree to a great big “amen” here.
    The presumptive candidates have been selected, and there are less than four months left for the candidates to dazzle us with their brilliant rhetoric, snide remarks, denials of culpability and other as yet unknown items that will surface before November and be thrown as broadsides against the opposition.

  • Column: We must talk about the turmoil to heal it

    Editor’s note: This column ran in USA Today on Thursday.

    Our American family is experiencing turmoil we have not seen in a generation.
    Two weeks ago, a tragedy in Dallas, where five police officers were killed and seven more wounded, closed a disturbing week that began with the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castille. Then, early this past Sunday, three Baton Rouge police officers were ambushed and killed.

  • Column: Interest rates this low kill the incentive to save, invest

    In 2014, Janet Yellen was named chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, succeeding Ben Bernanke.
    Under Bernanke the Fed failed to exhibit the leadership necessary to maintain the independence Congress intended. Instead, the board became a partner to the White House, correlating the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve with the administration’s fiscal policies.
    The result has been a disastrous federal debt of over $19 trillion and monetary policies that will ultimately lead to inflation pressures or worse when we finally deal with it.

  • Letter: I have the laziest gun in the world

    Today, I placed my gun on the table right next to my front door. I left its magazine beside it, then left it alone and went about my chores.
    While I was gone, the mailman delivered the mail, the guy who mows my lawn came to cut my grass, a young lady walked her dog down the street, and a delivery truck delivered a package.

  • Letter: My ‘common sense’ differs from Noble’s

    In your June 29 paper, Phil Noble states that the “Charleston loophole” for buying a gun was the cause for the Emanuel church shooting.
    The three days that gun owners wait for a background check passed, so the store sold the gun to Dylann Roof without the background check being finished.
    The left always throws in their “common sense” into their gun rhetoric. My question is whose common sense do we abide by? My common sense is not the same as yours, Mr. Noble.

  • Letter: Thief targets man mowing at church

    On July 16, my husband, Tim, was cutting the grass at First Presbyterian Church on Main Street in Lancaster. While he was working on the lower part of the yard, out of sight from his truck and other equipment, someone stole his commercial push mower, which cost him $1,276 three years ago. You have to cut a lot of grass to earn that much money!