Today's Opinions

  • Letter: McCoy’s proposals for schools criticized

    The Democratic candidate for sheriff has suggested two calls to action related to drug use in the community.
    First, William McCoy has consistently called for implementation of substance abuse prevention programs in local schools. Had he taken time to study the issue, he would have found that the Coalition for Healthy Youth, a group of 40 public, private, civic and faith-based entities, have worked together for almost 20 years, and have assisted with implementation of evidence-based prevention programs in every school in the district.

  • Letter: Democrats should flip sides, vote Faile

    In the spirit of the journalism adage “never bury the lead,” I’ll get right to the point and encourage every registered voter in Lancaster County to re-elect Sheriff Barry Faile.
    The position of sheriff should not be a partisan office, but it is. And Sheriff Faile is a Republican. I implore Democrats to refrain from voting a straight party ticket, and instead “cross over the aisle” to elect only the individual with the qualifications, vision and leadership necessary to maintain public safety in our community.

  • Letter: Mulvaney has paid attention to farmers

    I am writing in response to the recent letter to the editor concerning Congressman Mick Mulvaney not supporting farmers, which suggested he is not worthy to be re-elected. I am a full-time farmer in the congressman’s district.  
    I have made my living farming my entire career, as did all of my forefathers. The congressman has visited my farm and has visited farms in every county in his district, as well as farms outside of his district.

  • Editor's Column: William McCoy’s missteps come back to baffle him

    When candidates make colossal blunders, you learn a lot about them. 

    Donald Trump declared war on a Muslim Gold Star couple who criticized him at the Democratic convention. And he ranted for a week after the first debate about a Miss Universe who gained weight. 

  • Column: Chamber: Local races, alcohol vote deserve close attention Nov. 8

    The Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored two candidate forums this year, featuring candidates for local races including Lancaster City Council District 3, Lancaster County sheriff, S.C. House District 45 and U.S. House District 5.

    Certainly, most people have been paying close attention to the presidential race, whether they wanted to or not. It has truly been hard to avoid.

  • Letter: Newcomer says thank you for solid political coverage

    I want to say “well done” for the paper you are producing. We just moved to the area from California four months ago, so I am trying to learn as much as I can about the local area socially, financially and politically.

    Your presentation of the debate/forum regarding the candidates for various local offices was a huge assistance for me in the upcoming election to learn more about local offices and candidates. 

  • Candidate Column: Mainstream conservatives must look for a new party

    The leaders of the Republican Party forfeited its future when they allowed Donald Trump and his radical-right followers to hijack their party, and America won’t know the future of its partisan politics until after the election. Political pundits predict that Hillary Clinton will be elected president despite her unpopularity, and that the Republican Party will be left in disarray.  

  • Candidate Column: In judging public servants, syntax isn’t that important

    I would like to comment on an article in Wednesday’s Lancaster News entitled “Harris, Blackmon discuss city’s finances, crime, business climate.”
    As I said on Oct. 24 during the forum, running for city council again was a hard decision for me to make. Maya Angelou stated, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.”