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Today's Opinions

  • Take time today to honor your mom

    Surely we all know whom we celebrate today. But just in case you’ve somehow missed it – it’s Mother’s Day.
    It’s a day set aside to honor and pay tribute to the one who brought us into the world and tried to keep us on the right track. She’s known as mommy, mom, mother and mama. You may have even given her a nickname.
    She deserves all the recognition she can get. She’s always been there for you. She’s been your confidant, protector and mentor.

  • Friends keep friends voting

    As an elected official, I am aware how hard it can be to get some people interested in voting. In 1973, when I was able to register to vote, I had no interest whatsoever in doing so.
    My best friend, Randolph English, said, “If you do not vote, I have nothing more to say to you.”
    To maintain our friendship, in 1988, 15 years after I was eligible to register, I did so and have been an active participant ever since.

  • Quest for justice will never end

    He appeared invincible. The ruthless mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks that killed 3,000 Americans eluded capture for almost 10 years. But that changed on May 1, 2011, when U.S. Navy SEALS killed Osama bin Laden in a compound in Pakistan.
    On Sunday, shouts of joys and cheer rang out across the nation as President Barack Obama made the late-night announcement. But social media actually upstaged President Obama as Twitter sent out the first death notices.

  • I was grateful to meet ‘The’ Ira Williams

    Veterans Remembered is the fourth in a series written in support of the Veterans Monument being built for the veterans of Lancaster County in hopes it will stimulate readers to remember those veterans  who touched their lives and provide support for the Veterans Monument project.

  • Be realistic about ban on ‘sagging’

    Gen. Larry Platt and Cotton Cole share similar views on a much-controversial fashion statement: they don’t like baggy pants.
    Platt became an instant celebrity when he performed “Pants on the ground,” for “American Idol” judges last year. Cole, a Lancaster County council member, wants council to create a countywide ban on baggy pants.
    The beginning lyrics of Platt’s song goes, “Pants on the ground, Pants on the ground, Lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground.”

  • We have many reasons to celebrate Arbor Day

    You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you’ve always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees.
     It’s important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren’t here by accident. The forests we enjoy today – which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits – are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past.

  • Employees should be allowed to attend services

    It is so sad when Christian employees who want to attend church on Sundays but cannot because they have to work. Some people say these employees should stand up to their boss and demand they that they be off. If you want to keep your job, you can’t do that. People have to make a living. And that is not easy in this day and time.
    It’s especially tough for these people when they have to work on Christmas and Easter. Usually stores are not that busy during church service times.

  • Daughter grateful for her father’s recognition  

    I am writing, first, to thank my Aunt Agnes Crawford Conway for the letter she wrote about my father concerning the history of the Pleasant Valley Fire Department.
    My father was the fire chief from 1956 until he and my mother’s deaths in an auto accident in 1971. This history was documented in a cookbook published in 1988 or 1989.
    I can remember the men who were so committed to the fire department at that time. Most of them are gone now, but some of their wives are still with us today.