Today's Opinions

  • Column: Calm down! We are not on the brink of civil war

    I just read Rudy Schmidt’s Feb. 9 column in The Lancaster News headlined “U.S. in political civil war as Dems won’t accept election.”
    I am concerned about his view of our nation. He refers to civil war eight times.
    He states there are no shootings yet except in Democratic controlled cities like Chicago and Baltimore. The only other shooting that he mentioned is that of a Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrat shooting the Republicans practicing softball.

  • Column: A strong voice for Christ and a kind, gracious spirit

    As a young person, I used to read Billy Graham’s daily column, “My Answer,” in the Detroit Free Press.
    I wondered how he came up with his answers. They seemed strange to me. As a college student I saw an article in the Atlantic Monthly making fun of him.
    While a student at the University of Michigan in the early 1960s I attended a meeting where he spoke to students. I was impressed by his faith in God and the Bible, and how nicely he treated everyone, even those he disagreed with. When he spoke, everyone listened intently.

  • Column: Billy Graham opens his eyes in the presence of Jesus Christ

    There are times and occasions so explosive with meaning that it is difficult to find the right words to say. The death of Billy Graham is without doubt one of those occasions.
    Our English language has no words to convey the feelings, the emotions, the grief as well as the joy that this news brings to our hearts and minds.
    I cannot claim to have had a personal relationship with Mr. Graham, even though my wife and I did have the tremendous privilege of meeting him and speaking with him on a couple of occasions.

  • Column: Hold bureaucrats accountable for stopping improper gun sales

    In two recent mass shootings, last November at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, and last week at Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., we have seen a total of 43 people killed and another 34 wounded.
    The slaughter of these innocents is inexcusable.
    In the Texas case, the perpetrator committed suicide after having been shot and then pursued by a nearby resident. In the Florida case, the perpetrator was captured shortly after the attack, and will be processed through the criminal justice system.

  • Sheriff's Column: 2017 crime figures improve, plus arrests are up

    The numbers are in. Lancaster County crime rates were down in 2017 compared to 2016 and were at their lowest levels since 2008 in several categories.
    During the same period, arrest rates were up.

  • Column: The unusual, political way we pick judges

    South Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Donald Beatty is a former state House member. So is James Lockemy, chief judge of the S.C. Court of Appeals, the state’s second-highest court.
    The road from the State House to the courthouse historically has been an easy one, as The Nerve has previously reported. Last week, the legislature, which has 52 lawyer-lawmakers, or 30 percent of the 170-member body, continued their tradition of nepotism in the latest round of judicial elections.

  • Column: Let’s unite in prayer about so many lost in drug crisis

    Another overdose, again? This seems to be the question you hear over and over lately.
    In all my almost 40 years, I have never recalled seeing or hearing of this many people dying from an apparent overdose within a year or so in our area alone. The ages seem to range from the teens to the 50s for the most part.
    It’s no longer that someone died from a gang-related shooting, but from this. I work at The Lancaster News and in my position I deal with obituaries and have to enter these people’s names into our computer system.

  • Column: Why I support Indian Land incorporation

    I will be voting “yes” for the town of Indian Land.
    I have no connection to the organizers on either side of this issue. But to me, the decision is fairly simple.
    We need representation on decisions that affect our community. At present, we are out-voted on the Lancaster County Council, usually 5-2, and we will not gain a majority even if we pick up another Indian Land seat after the next census. There is no way in the foreseeable future to have any semblance of being adequately represented on the council.