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Today's Opinions

  • Fathers need to be present every day for their children

    Sadly, too many Americans are growing up without the presence of a father. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 24 million children live in homes without their biological fathers.

    The positive impacts of having dad around are numerous, such as better social/emotional and academic functioning and fewer behavioral problems.

    Children in absent-father homes are almost four times more likely to be poor. In 2011, 12 percent of children in two-parent families were living in poverty, compared to 44 percent of children in single-mother families.

  • Cell phones best option for police oversight

    Hardly a week goes by now without the surfacing of a cell-phone video of police abuse, often of minorities.

    These private camera videos are providing the best and often only record of police confrontations, such as the shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, or the more recent incident at a pool party in Texas.

    South Carolina just passed a law requiring police to wear body cameras, and while they may do some internal good, don’t expect to see the images in the news.

  • Words to live by

    After reading the guest column,“Jesus leaves disciples and us with words of comfort,” by Pastor Bob Lanning of Cornerstone Bible Church in the June 14 edition of The Lancaster News, I feel compelled to tell the following story of how God continues to perform miracles and that he does answer prayer.

    When I was hired at Counseling Services of Lancaster in 1995, Walter Quinn, the executive director, said to work there, I’d have to put “God first, family second and then work.”

  • I celebrate Juneteenth, because I can

    Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, honors African-American heritage by commemorating the abolition of slavery in America.

    It marks the day on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers, led by Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas, with the news that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved people were free.

    That was two years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, a declaration that was promising, but had minimal benefit for many slaves like those in Texas, who could not escape to Union military lines.

  • Council needs to take closer look at new projects

    Lancaster County Council passed second reading of the county’s 2016 budget at its June 8 meeting. There were no comments at the public hearing. A copy of the budget was posted on the county’s website.

    Previous comments concerning the sheriff’s office, E-911, EMS, voter registration and other departments still apply. All are in the current budget, but are hanging by a thread.

  • Jesus leaves disciples and us with words of comfort

    On the day before his crucifixion, Jesus gathered his apostles into an upper room in Jerusalem. After washing their feet, he predicted that one of them would betray him.

    After Judas left, he declared that he himself would soon leave them, and that Peter would deny him three times. It is no wonder, then, that the remaining apostles were unsettled by what had just occurred.

    Jesus comforted his apostles by saying,  “Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me (John 14:1).”

  • Solicitor’s backlog impacts community

    It is very easy for the solicitor’s office to get convictions against people who plead guilty. My problem with the solicitor’s office is that there are so many cases on backlog that concern murder and other crimes that are yet to be prosecuted.

    One murder investigation is supposedly awaiting better forensic evidence before it can be tried. This came out of the mouth of our retired solicitor. This specific case is several years old. The people involved in the commitment of the aforementioned crime are out doing more.

  • Fisher House benefits veterans’ families

    In 1990, Pauline Trost, the wife of Adm. Carlisle H Trost, chief of Naval Operations, presented the idea of the need for temporary lodging facilities for families at major military medical centers. She contacted a known New York real estate developer and major philanthropist Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher.