Today's Opinions

  • Column: Litter-free streets should be goal in this wonderful city

    I grew up in Lancaster and frequently visit my mother, who lives in the Red Rose City.
    I am so sad to see that litter has taken over the roads of this wonderful city.
    Not just a little bit of litter, but huge amounts of it. This problem seems to have increased over the last few years.
    I see all kinds of fast-food trash, soft-drink cans, water bottles, beer cans, liquor bottles. As soon as we pick up the areas around my mother’s home, the litter reappears in this seemingly never-ending cycle!

  • Letter: Blame Hollywood for violent culture

    Once again, our hearts are shattered with the loss of 17 innocent and precious souls in Parkland, Fla.
    Mass shootings have become a common American travesty that must be eliminated from our society forever. It is only natural for human beings to place blame, fault or condemnation on the shooter, the president, Congress or the NRA.

  • Column: Need changes in Conservation Bank, tax credits for kids with special needs

    Beginning in late January, the 2018 legislative session kicked into high gear.
    As we approach budget week in early March and bills are coming out of committees at a high rate, we are beginning to move at full speed. For example, in just one week, the Education Committee, on which I serve, sent 13 bills to the House to consider.

  • Letter: Grateful for school safety upgrades here

    Congratulations and thank you to the Lancaster County officials who had the foresight to obtain funds to upgrade the security hardware and procedures in our public schools.
    Their pro-active stance is what is needed to keep our students and teachers safe.
    Their actions are preferred to the impotent “Why doesn’t Congress do something?” response to school violence. And they are preferable to the impractical “Let’s ban the AR-15,” the most widely used semi-automatic long gun in America.

    Dr. Charles Kaska

  • Letter: Need baseball fields in south of county

    It’s that time of year again! Spring is trying to emerge, but we true Southerners know winter is probably not done, and the coaches in Heath Springs and Kershaw compete for field position to practice soccer and baseball.
    But wait, Heath Springs has no baseball fields. They have been turned into soccer fields, and there are three or four teams on those two soccer fields at the same time.

  • Letter: Sen. Gregory should stop blaming the gun

    Maybe Sen. Greg Gregory could get off the blame-the-gun mentality and set his sights on the two culprits in the Florida shooting.
    One was the government authorities bungling this case, and the other is mental illness. Obviously the senator is ignorant of why we the people have Second Amendment rights.
    The left has no incentive to stop these shootings, for if they did, they would enforce the laws on the books and work to keep the mentally ill from getting their hands on a gun.

  • Letter: Biking, walking both part of infrastructure

    As Congress crafts its responses to the White House’s proposed infrastructure bill, we need a balanced transportation system that includes roads, transit, rail lines and trail networks. We can’t forget walking and biking infrastructure.
    The last National Household Travel Survey shows that  nearly 40 percent of all trips in the United States are within a 20-minute bike ride and over 20 percent are within a 20-minute walk. Connected networks for walking and biking are an essential part of a system of mobility choices that meet our changing needs.

  • Column: Our schoolkids should grow up in an America with fewer guns

    This letter is in response to John Baker’s argument on Wednesday’s opinion page that government officials should be held accountable for stopping improper gun sales.  
    Mr. Baker says liberal pundits have pointed out that shooters in two recent mass killings used AR-15-style rifles, and he proceeds to inform us that the AR-15 is not an assault rifle. He is correct.