Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Sympathy for mom of murdered man

    Ms. Jenny Thompson Bridges, the mother of Yusuf Abdus-Salaam, has my sympathy for the loss of her son.  
    She has earned my admiration for not blaming the firearm that killed him, as is so often done to advance a political agenda. Ms. Tina Thompson Rivers, Yusuf’s older sister, showed clarity and courage when she acknowledged that the choices her brother made contributed to the tragic outcome.

  • Column: A positive break amid the nastiness

    Let’s take a break from the political mud-slinging and negative rhetoric and give thanks for some of the people and organizations that we are fortunate to have here in Lancaster:
    ◆ Lindsay Pettus – Not enough room here to cover all the great things Lindsay has done for the community. Love his work with the Katawba Valley Land Trust, which preserves our precious natural resources and allows all citizens to enjoy them.

  • Column: Left created the culture that Trump takes part in

    This election certainly feels like a joke, but it isn’t.
    Our liberal/progressive media has created a smoke screen to obscure the real issues. The media allows people like Hillary Clinton to point their fingers at us and pretend they didn’t create and celebrate the culture that Donald Trump merely takes part in. The terrible things he said when he was a Democrat were OK then. The real issues are being ignored.

  • Letter: Harris works hard for community

    The writer is a guidance counselor and basketball coach at Lancaster High School.
    I’m writing to support Jackie Harris for Lancaster City Council District 3.
    I have known Mrs. Harris since I was a teenager asking permission to play basketball at the Lancaster Children’s Home in the ’90s. After I graduated from college, my first full-time employment was there. I got to know Mrs. Harris and the true love she showed for children.

  • Letter: Practical tips keep elderly safe

    Don’t answer your door late at night. Ask who it is. If there’s no answer, call the police.
    When you go to the grocery store, don’t leave your pocketbook in the cart while shopping. If you get a phone call saying you won a lot of money but you have to send money to them, it is a scam.
    Check on other elderly people and neighbors. When you walk or come home late at night, have someone with you. It is better to be safe than sorry.

    Carl M. Miles

  • Column: ‘Free’ tuition: Clinton buying your vote with your own cash

    Four points to address in Hillary Clinton’s debt-free education plan.
    Before I state anything I would like to point out that this debt-free plan appears to only cover tuition costs. Here are direct quotes from her plan found at Hillary.com, followed by my own translation of her comments.
    1. “She will make a major investment in HBCUs, Minority-Serving Institutions and other low-cost, modest-endowment private schools so that these deserving students also benefit from the lower cost of college.”

  • Letter: Trump’s campaign conduct repels me

    I am disgusted with how Donald Trump is conducting his campaign.
    I have watched him encourage people in the audience to physically attack protesters. I have watched him shake his hands, his body and make facial gestures to make fun of a disabled person. And when I saw women on stage wearing shirts asking Trump to touch private parts of their body, I was sick to my stomach.
    And yet we have a Lancaster pastor claiming that as disgusted as he is with both Trump and Hillary Clinton, he will vote for Trump because he doesn’t want Clinton to be elected.

  • Letter: We need safeguards of 2nd Amendment

    I’d like to reply to two points in William St. Louis’s column in the Oct. 5 paper headlined “My take on guns, God and Trump.”
    First, Mr. St. Louis doesn’t know why we have a Second Amendment. There can never be too many weapons in a citizen’s possession. It’s our right. We have them to keep our government from becoming a dictatorship.