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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Sen. Tim Scott marks Black History Month

    Each February, our nation takes time to recognize the contributions of African Americans to our great country.
    Black History Month allows each of us an opportunity to learn the stories of so many African Americans who sacrificed so much to contribute to that history – our shared history.  From slavery to freedom, and from segregation to full integration, and now from access to success in every part of our society, it is vital that people hear that beauty and that struggle.  

  • Melissa Prince: The chamber’s ambassador

    Editor’s note: This is the presentation speech by Janice Dabney honoring Melissa Prince, vice president of corporate communications for INSP Television Network, as  the Lancaster chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

    It is with great pleasure that I present to you the Lancaster County chamber’s Ambassador of the Year.

  • Returning to greatness requires thicker skin than we’re displaying

    “One of the first signs that a ‘society’ is beginning to decline, is the inability of its citizens to cope.” (Anonymous)
    Can anyone see a parallel to that quote in what is happening throughout our nation and the world today?
    As political correctness becomes the norm, we see more and more people becoming upset and offended by mere words. To me that is a perfect example of our society losing its ability to cope.

  • Letter: Fond memories of Thelma Likens

    Today is the anniversary of the death of Thelma Likens. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. I would be remiss if I did not make my thoughts known.
    I moved to Lancaster in 2001 after meeting Thelma’s daughter Judy. We had a decade-long engagement and married in 2011.
    This is my family now, and Lancaster has become my home. I have developed lasting relationships with many people here, and am a faithful Lutheran church member.

  • Letter: In support of Paul McKenzie

    I am writing to voice my support for Dr. Paul McKenzie as the next mayor of Lancaster. Of the six individuals in the race, he is the only individual with a demonstrated record of success in bringing people together, forging consensus and putting forth solutions to address many problems in our community.

  • Jackie Brown: Volunteer of the Year

    Editor’s note: This is last week’s presentation speech by Todd Wallace honoring Jackie Brown of Jackie’s Place as the Lancaster chamber’s Volunteer of the Year. Coming Wednesday: Melissa Prince.

    I am honored to present this year’s volunteer of the year award.
    Tonight’s recipient is not the volunteer of this year, but for many. She is the volunteer for every year for more than 20 years.

  • Column: National TV puts Haley in spotlight

    It’s the call that every aspirant in the political hinterland dreams of: “Will you give our party’s response to the president’s State of the Union Address?”
    The answer is always “yes” – and then the drama begins. The stakes are incredibly high. Many fail, some miserably (see Gov. Bobby Jindal in 2009) but the opportunity is exposure to more than 30 million people as the alternative voice to the president of the United States.

  • Letter: Shoebox for Seniors Project

    Thanks to all of the churches, schools and organizations that participated in the Shoebox for Seniors project in December. This project, sponsored by the Lancaster County Council on Aging, is amazing because of everyone that continues to make it a success year after year! The gifts that we receive are sent out to our home-delivered-meal clients, and we also give gifts to our group-dining clients during a Christmas party held at each of our four sites.