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Today's Opinions

  • Candidate Column: I have the education, experience to be county’s next probate judge

    My name is Dee Studebaker. I have been Lancaster County’s associate probate judge for almost two years. I immediately filed to run for probate judge when filing opened at noon March 16 because I am serious about gaining your trust.
    I have the skills, education and experience necessary to serve you as probate judge, and I feel called to public service.  I’ve had the privilege over the past two years to assist and observe the court’s operations while earning the trust and confidence of other personnel and citizens.    

  • Letter: Need more stories like Braille champs

    Thank you! The front-page photo and the article about the teacher and the three winners at the S.C. Braille Challenge from Buford Elementary School was such a great story.
    It is a welcome change from the usual “horror” stories in papers every day. It’s a cheerful, upbeat and really inspiring story.
    Congratulations to the children and their caring teacher and their parents.

  • Column: Mass killings show need for transparency in government

    Less than a week after the massacre at Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., 16 news outlets and organizations filed a motion with the court overseeing the prosecution of the shooter, arguing that hearings and records in the case should be open to the public.

  • Column: ‘Home’ – with its allure, baggage – is a distant place we cannot return

    I waxed nostalgic for the “good old days” after reading Professor Emerita Dianne T. Evans’ guest column in the March 9 paper.
    I grew up in the late 1940s and the decade of the ’50s, but my experiences occurred more than 600 miles north of Lancaster County. I too remember a time when we prayed to God for guidance, saluted our flag, were taught American history and respected our elders.
    Everyone respected authority, almost everyone.

  • Letter: Walmart trekkers need bench to rest

    What happened to the benches at Walmart? As Ronnie and I shopped there yesterday, we had to park a long way from the entrance.
    After walking that far, Ronnie has to sit down. After a stroke and heart attack, you have to sit down after walking.
    But the bench has been moved. They have a place at the pharmacy and nowhere else.

  • Publisher's Column: Newsprint tariffs won’t save U.S. jobs, will damage essential industry

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.
    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

  • Column: Foolish stupidity! Do NOT transmit your nude photos!

    I would like to make two points in regard to the news article in the March 16 paper entitled “Rep. Norrell: Make ‘revenge porn’ illegal.”
    Point one: Foolishness. As Mark Manicone reported in his article: “According to the Data and Society Research Institute, one in every 25 Americans have been affected by revenge porn and one in 10 young women have been threatened with the public posting of explicit images.”

  • Column: IL town folks like the Borg on ‘Star Trek’

    Van Wyck and Indian Land have lived together as Panhandle communities for more than 100 years, sharing a great life and history. My family is rooted in Van Wyck, and that history has provided a great many stories, love and pride for our family.