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Today's Opinions

  • Winn poised for success

    Several weeks ago, I submitted a column featuring two young ladies from Lancaster, Paige Duke and Julie Roberts. Both of these women tasted success and then faced adversity. The gist of the column was to show how both fought back and overcame the adversity.

  • It’s the experience, stupid

    In the 1992 presidential election between George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, James Carville coined the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid” to focus attention on the then-prevailing recession in the United States.

    I would like to take this opportunity to coin my own variation for this year’s Solicitor’s race, “it’s experience, stupid.”

    As some of you may recall, I ran for solicitor in the Republican primary and came up short.

  • Presumed innocent

    Law professor Richard A. Lord’s words in his letter to the editor, “Letter shows lack of legal system understanding,” published in the Sept. 10 edition of The Lancaster News are a timely reminder of a bed rock principle of American jurisprudence when so many cases involving homicide, race and sex, sometimes in combination, are being decided in the news media rather than the courtroom.

  • Pope now part of the heavenly football game

    Some four years ago, a book, with Pope as the subject, was written and entitled “Do They Play Football in Heaven?”

    Pope envisioned a lofty place where the game is about the offense always producing and the defense always making the key stop.

    I recall that’s how Mike explained his thinking during a book-signing back in the spring of 2010 at Wingate University, his final coaching stop as a volunteer assistant line coach.

  • Thank you for supporting our state champs

    Lancaster Dixie Youth Baseball is a non-profit agency that strives to teach children how to play a competitive sport while teaching good sportsmanship and teamwork. We believe that keeping children constructively active can keep our youth out of trouble.

    In our 2014 season, we had all five leagues, ages 4-14, win the district title.

  • Plan now to support veterans at annual parade

    Lancaster County’s annual Veterans Day parade and program is set for Nov. 9.

    Lineup starts at 11 a.m. at the Lancaster County Courthouse parking lot on Dunlap Street. The parade will start at noon as it proceeds from Dunlap Street onto Main Street ending at the American Legion. The program will start about 1 p.m. at the American Legion.

  • Transparency movement sees progress and setbacks

    One of the keys to quality government is the ability of citizens to see how decisions are made and how tax dollars are spent.

    It’s that notion that drove me several years ago to establish a special website showing itemized expenditures by state government, and to later launch an ultimately successful initiative to encourage cities, counties, universities and school districts to publish spending details online.

  • Very strange world of race, politics in S.C.

    In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the U.S. Senate.

    And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott.

    Ironically, he will be elected without significant African-American support on the Republican ticket – the party that is widely perceived to be indifferent, if not hostile, to African-Americans.