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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: Rosy outlook for Red Rose Festival

    Everything’s set in downtown Lancaster for the kickoff of the city’s sixth annual Red Rose Festival tonight. There’s just one thing missing – you.
    So gather up your family and head down to Lancaster’s historic downtown for two days of outdoor concerts, dancing in the streets, arts and crafts,  kids  activities, a car show, dog show, photo contest, roaming entertainment and more.

  • Wexler column: Needed: Sunlight on trade deals

    Sunlight is sorely needed in our nation’s capital as Congress considers an expedited process for approving trade agreements that are being done largely in secret. For the past several years, representatives of our government have been negotiating trade deals with Pacific Rim nations and the European Union behind closed doors, pacts that will affect every American family and worker.
    The only people privy to inside information about the trade talks have been 566 trade advisers, the overwhelming majority of whom represent corporate interests.

  • Shannon column: Springs Memorial celebrates National Hospital Week

    Most people only visit hospitals occasionally, when a loved one is sick or a friend is having a baby. Associates at Springs Memorial Hospital are different in this regard. Each day, hundreds of associates come to the hospital to provide compassionate, personalized care for friends, neighbors and those they do not know. Our providers work together around the clock, seven days a week to make healthcare available any time it is needed, whether for one person or more in times of community crisis or natural disaster.

  • Lanning column: Jesus fulfills Isaiah’s greatest prophecy

    Long before Jesus’ birth, the prophet Isaiah wrote a prophecy about the “suffering servant of Jehovah,” found in Isaiah 52:13-53:12.  
    Eight passages in the New Testament declare that this passage describes the Lord Jesus Christ, including the words of Jesus himself, when he said, “This that is written must yet be accomplished in me, And he was reckoned among the transgressors: for the things concerning me have an end.” (Luke 22:37)

  • Campbell letter: Don’t leave furry babies outside alone

    It was with great sadness I read the May 8 article regarding the shooting deaths of the three Chihuahuas.
    As the owner of three long-coat Chihuahuas myself, I empathize with the owners of these dogs. Our dogs are our furry babies and want to spend every minute with us. Lapdogs they certainly are and the love they give is abundant.
    I agree that anyone who could shoot innocent creatures is capable of other acts of violence.

  • Hopkins letter: No convention for this Congress

    I agree with Thomas Knapp’s column, “Constitutional convention dangerous and unnecessary,” in your April 17 paper.
    Were our Congress thoughtful of where this country is headed and how we arrived at this unthinkable moment in history, I’d say let’s give it a try. However, the few who really care are far outnumbered by the power-hungry and narcissistic, and the ideology of America is rotten and racist.

  • Walker column: Happy Mother’s Day to all my moms

    I was blessed to have not only my own mother, Juanita B. Walker, but four surrogate mothers. Three of them are deceased, but I want their families to know how much I loved them and how much I appreciate them sharing their loved ones with me.
    I would first like to thank the Lancaster News for including my mother in the Black History Trivia Contest in February. She was truly a trailblazer in this community and local, state and national politics, but she never won any awards for that.

  • Wilt column: New budget still hurts county justice system

    The fiscal year 2016 Lancaster County budget took another step on its path April 30 with a presentation to the Lancaster County Council Committee of the Whole.
    The long and short of the situation is that the new (version 5) budget has found a little more revenue and cut a few expenses and is said to be balanced with a 1 mill property tax increase.