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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Merry Christmas’ shouldn’t be offensive

    What a wonderful time of year! Or, is it? For many, it is, but for many others, it isn’t wonderful at all.

    For some, it is a reminder of a painful Christmas in the past. Perhaps the death of a loved one occurred during the Christmas season, and now, each year when it rolls around, it is nothing more than a horrific memory from a bygone day.

  • Call it tyranny when citizens are shut out

    We seldom hear the word tyrant anymore, except perhaps to describe a spoiled child or unreasonable boss. Language has become so soft and powerless that, while it may not offend, neither does it convey much.

    These days Americans cringe at intensity in political language. That’s understandable given the constant onslaught of material designed to get the attention of donors, activists and voters. And no doubt there’s a lot of anger in our country, which is increasingly volatile and dangerously unfocused.

  • Warming center for homeless needs volunteers

    The Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless has been working hard to expand services for the homeless in our county, and we need your help in doing so.
    The coalition is pleased to announce the opening of the Lancaster Warming Center, which will begin operating as soon as we can get volunteers in place.
    The winter months are a time when the most vulnerable members of our community are most vulnerable to the elements. We will need much more community support moving forward, and we are offering many opportunities for the community to get involved.

  • Letter: Thank you for great medical care

    My wife was transported to Springs Memorial Hospital’s emergency room in very serious condition.
    The care of a great team of doctors, nurses and staff, who were quick-acting and professional, saved her life. They showed so much care and compassion for my wife, and also for me.
    Thank you for the excellent care she received for three weeks on the fifth and sixth floors and in the rehab department. We were discharged with good instructions and also resources to come to the home for care.
    Thank you.

    Don Brazzell
    Lancaster

  • Letter: If you smell something, do something!

    Editor’s note: This page usually focuses on matters of public concern – taxes, schools, politics, immigration, terrorism and the like. Not today. We offer you one of the funniest letters we have ever received. Enjoy.

    They lived under our house for four or five months. They had free air-conditioning and heat. They were quiet – we never heard a sound. They came out at night to eat, and lived under the house. They were so nasty. They used the bathroom all around.

  • Column: Ban evil religious sect in our midst – the Presbyterians

    There is a dangerous, revolutionary group that has a long history of violence and is driven by a fanatical religious belief that they were chosen by God. They have infiltrated our state and country and threaten our way of life and our very existence.
    We must, at a minimum, make those who are here register, establish surveillance on their places of worship and keep others from entering our country.
    I’m talking about the Presbyterians.

  • Letter: Last minute gift idea: Donate!

    My son, now 13, has autism. He is developmentally behind, so he’s like a very large 3-year-old. His only interests are beads and pocket-sized trucks – not cars, pickup trucks only.
    There are only so many pickup trucks to be found in the toy aisle, and chances are pretty good that he already has at least one of each. Beads come four for a dollar at any discount store, and I already have enough on hand to keep him well-supplied through his 40s.

  • Letter: Some candidates are boosting ISIS recruitment worldwide

    This is a response to Dr. Brooks Walker’s “fear-mongering” article in the Dec. 9 edition of  The Lancaster News, which was a response to my article of Nov. 25.
    Walker says we should “come together and seek truth” in this immigration issue. But we cannot, due to persistent rhetoric by presidential candidates who insist on keeping their radical ideas on TV every day of the week. They help ISIS in their recruitment all over the world.