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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Thanks to police for quick action

    Much appreciation to the Lancaster Police Department – patrolmen and detectives – on the speed and professionalism in the apprehension of the criminals who burglarized my business. A job well done!

    Donald Williams
    Williams Trading Post
    Lancaster

  • Column: Upstanding motorcyclist objects to ‘marauding’

    I would like to address your Nov. 20 article “No marauding motorcyclists at Christmas parade.”
    Please indulge me as I would like to begin this letter to the editor by telling you a little about who I am and what I stand for.
    I am a devout Christian and a committed husband of nearly 18 years. I am a father of three who leads his family by example, not just in word. I am a U.S. Army combat veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom Phase I.

  • Column: Judges get awfully cozy with legislators in S.C.

    The Judicial Merit Selection Commission began meeting last week to vet judges for seats around South Carolina, marking the bi-annual migration of judicial candidates to the State House. That’s where the problem lies: would-be judges are kowtowing to lawmakers again.
    On the road to a state judgeship, the first stop is a vetting at the JMSC, a panel composed of six legislators and four other citizens appointed by legislators. It’s the same commission where former House Speaker Bobby Harrell placed his brother.

  • Letter: Critic of DARE is misinformed

    On the Nov. 2 opinion page, Heather Mueller wrote about the substance abuse prevention policies of the candidates for Lancaster County sheriff.
    Unfortunately, the information she provided about DARE’s curriculum is outdated. DARE has been implementing Keepin’ It REAL for more than eight years. This curriculum is labeled “evidence-based” or effective by the very National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices that she touts for its veracity, which lists DARE as a provider.

  • Column: Booing, lecturing VP-elect Pence was rude, vain and sanctimonious

    I have said that I cherish free speech, but I also cherish civility and was disturbed by what happened to Vice President-elect Mike Pence when he went to the theater Friday night.
    Mr. Pence went to see the Broadway musical “Hamilton” and was greeted with boos and then subjected to comments from one of the actors. Some have said the actor was very polite as he called out Mr. Pence in a public setting, but I felt his comments were sanctimonious, delivered in a tone of condescending sarcasm.

  • Column: Leatherman rules if Trump picks Haley, McMaster

    What happens if Gov. Nikki Haley leaves office before the end of her term? What if Lt. Gov. Henry McMaster also does? Who would be governor then?
    Those questions have been raised over the past few days along with speculation about posts in the Trump administration – and some insiders are getting them wrong.

  • Column: Who among us decides ‘common good’ for all?

    In the Nov. 2 paper, Keith Grey writes that “the purpose of government is to advance the common good,” and “to help create a high quality of life and community well-being.”
    Orwellian garbage! None of that is the job of the government. Who gets to say what “common good,” or “well-being” are? That double-talk leads to government infringement of the masses.

  • Editor's Column: My 1st encounter with Linda Blackmon

    Let me start by making this clear: I have no opinion about the truthfulness of Jackie Harris’ voter-fraud allegations against Linda Blackmon after the Nov. 8 Lancaster City Council election. There aren’t enough facts on the table yet.
    With that out of the way, let me tell you a peculiar story.
    If you were driving past The Lancaster News parking lot on White Street late Wednesday afternoon, that was me in the white button-down shirt with my arms crossed, listening and looking perplexed.