Today's Opinions

  • Judicial system doesn't fail: It's the people in it

    Susan Johnson’s June 13 letter, “Judicial system has to follow through,” is factually incorrect.

    She states that the solicitor said the person arrested for dealing drugs was never prosecuted. The solicitor is a part of the executive branch of government – not judicial. Whether or not to prosecute a case is in the sole discretion of the elected solicitor – not the judge.

  • Not right time for city raises

    We can picture the scene when veteran Lancaster City Councilman John Howard shook his head and said, “I think I’m in the twilight zone.” Howard often quips at council meetings, and he’s never been a council member to mince words.

    And when he wondered if he was in some netherworld at the June 3 special City Council budget meeting, he did so for good reason. The majority on council had just voted to tap into the city’s reserve funds to give employees a 2 percent raise.

  • Obama's vision for America stinks

    President Barack Obama must have spent summers working in an Alaskan fishery. Experts tell me that it does not take long before the constant daylight begins to affect your performance and judgment. Otherwise, why am I still fuming that Obama’s first official act was to order the close of Guantanamo Bay to ensure terrorists’ rights were not violated.

    GITMO prison guards surely were surprised to awaken from sleep and find that all the cells were empty. Obama let most of them go back home so they can once again work to destroy America.

  • Writer clarifies stance on nursing homes

    I’d like to respond to Tish Leonhardt’s letter, “Nurse: White Oak cares for its patients,” in the June 9 edition of The Lancaster News. I usually write my own letters, word for word, but the letter Mrs. Leonhardt is referring to was written by someone else.

    When I viewed the words – sorry, I can’t remember where – I thought that it was very relevant to our society today. I wasn’t trying to plagiarize. I sent it in liking the thought it laid out.

  • Support the effort to halt alcohol, tobacco use

    The Coalition for Healthy Youth of Lancaster County is looking to take a team effort approach in combating teen alcohol consumption and early tobacco use.

    The coalition is shooting to have local businesses be a positive force in the fight by doing what they can to do what’s right.

    The coalition, formerly known as the Lancaster County Prevention Coalition, is seeking support from local businesses to help in the battle to halt the underage use of alcohol and tobacco.

  • Educate yourself about candidates at TEA Party

    April has come and gone. Getting our income tax worries are behind us until next year. But wait, there is something else going on.

    People all over America are frustrated about the lack of jobs, growth of the federal government, lack of transparency and accountability in our state and federal government.

    Many of us locally who feel this way have been involved with the Lancaster TEA Party movement for just over a year. Our little town is in step with all of the other TEA Parties statewide and nationwide.

  • Writer supports Barrett for governor

    Please vote in the June 22 runoff even if your candidate was not one of the top two vote-getters. The selection of a person to be the governor of our state is a very important one. The person for that job is Gresham Barrett.

    Duly elected officials, even when they are running for higher office, must go to their job and vote on legislation, especially their own. I do not want a governor who can’t be responsible.

    Lynne Carroll

    Indian Land


  • Legal system should operate fairly, quickly

    In a recent column, retired Judge Don Rushing correctly stated that it is the people in the judicial system who are the problem, and not the system itself.

    However, in that same column, Judge Rushing appears to disparage the people’s right to criticize a system that is clearly broken, regardless of the reason.

    To emphasize my point, let’s take a look at the case that dominated the news in the days immediately following the publication of Judge Rushing’s column. It was a case from Utah concerning a murderer named Ronnie Lee Gardner.