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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: John Weaver’s presentation is an embarrassment to county

    Mr. Melton, your editorial in last week’s papers gave me such pleasure that I have not felt in years.
    County Attorney John Weaver sent an email stating, “My job is to make Council members look good, not otherwise.” Well, his unprepared, unprofessional, thrown-together, not complete, nor concise, fragmented and confusing PowerPoint show regarding Ansley Park was an embarrassment for Lancaster County.

  • Column: Sen. Scott: Even if you can’t feel others’ pain, know that it is real

    Editor’s note: These are excerpts from a speech by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., to the U.S. Senate this week.

    I rise today to give my second speech this week discussing the issues we are facing as a nation following last week’s tragedies in Dallas, Minnesota, and Baton Rouge. This speech is perhaps the most difficult, because it’s the most personal.
    In many cities and towns across the nation, there is a deep divide between the black community and law enforcement – a trust gap, a tension that has been growing for decades.

  • Column: Plotting the course toward a stronger community

    Since its inception, the J. Marion Sims Foundation has been focused on sustaining and strengthening the health and wellness of Lancaster County, Fort Lawn, and Great Falls. During our 20-year anniversary, we are actively planning for the future and asking questions about the health of our region.
    Where do we excel as a community? Where should we focus? What are your dreams for the community where we live, work, and play? What makes this a great place for your children? What would make our quality-of-life even better for your children’s children?

  • Column: Does my concealed-carry permit immunize me from traffic tickets?

    Philando Castile, a black man in Minnesota who was shot and killed by a 28-year-old police officer named Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop, was about my age.
    We might have had plenty in common, or not much at all. But when details of his killing emerged, I learned of one potential similarity between us that also set us a world apart: Like Castile, I have a permit to carry a gun.

  • Column: A Trump vote is a stiff-arm to both parties

    Every time I write about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, it sounds repetitive of what we can see and hear on TV and radio. I don’t think there is anything I can say that is going to inform or change someone’s mind about who to vote for, because I think people have heard it all and have made their decisions based on things like family, tradition and party loyalty.
    Having said this, I would like to challenge voters to consider something else in their decision process.

  • Letter: Mr. Evans inspired many in Lancaster

    W.B. Evans was one of the best storytellers Lancaster has had. He inspired a lot of people as he did me, and he will remain in our hearts.
    Mr. Evans is a legend here for his stories. He is telling his stories about Chesterfield Avenue to Jesus now.
    W.B., we love you. God bless you, your family and your Lancaster News family.

    Carl M. Miles
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Will miss reading Mr. Evans’ columns

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr. W.B. Evans’ passing. I looked forward to reading his “Remember When?” columns.

    Jo Anne Broughton
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Mr. Evans’ columns made me his friend

    Mr. W.B. “Bill” Evans was my friend, even though we never met face to face. I met him through his writings in The Lancaster News.
    What a beautiful spirit and soul he had. His words encouraged me to give my opinions on things. You could tell he loved Lancaster and the USA.
    I will miss my friend. I will miss his spirit and his love of life. He touched a lot of people, made our lives better and put smiles on our faces with his “Remember When?” columns.