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Today's Opinions

  • Let's not regress to Third World status

    When I read the four letters to the editor in Wednesday’s paper, I thought of some lines from W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming.”

    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

    At a time when our state’s reputation has reached its nadir in the nation and the world, there are plenty of people who want to drag us back to the Middle Ages and turn our affairs over to the generals and clerics.

  • First Amendment faces ongoing controversies

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    The First Amendment was written because at America’s inception, citizens demanded a guarantee of their basic freedoms.

  • No team finer than Carolina

    “We hail thee Carolina and sing thy high praise...”

    Those opening words to the University of South Carolina alma mater carry a little deeper meaning today.

    The USC Gamecocks, a never-say-die unit personified, are the toast of the college baseball world. The Gamecocks scratched and fought for their elite status, college baseball’s “Cock of the Walk,” if you will, with the 2010 NCAA national championship they won Tuesday.

  • Avoid problems caused by heat

    “It’s so hot I saw a dog chasing a cat and they were both walking,” online commenter laconservative wrote on our June 25 story, “More hot temps in forecast.”

    Beamsabre chimed in, “I saw a pack of Cub Scouts lighting a bonfire to cool off.”

    “It’s so hot the boys in the hood are wearing short sleeve shirts,” reverind ike added.

  • Writer: Join us at TEA Party on July 3

    The TEA Party of Lancaster County is having a rally at noon July 3 at the former Elrod GMC building, 845 Lancaster Bypass East.

    We are coming together to generate support for the nationwide effort to take back our country.

    As we all know, our country is in trouble. We pray constantly for God’s help in turning around the mess we are in, but it has often been said that God helps those who help themselves. And that is what we want to do – help our country.

  • School district should reconsider lunch choices

    After reading “More Food Choices for Students at Lunch” in the June 4 edition of The Lancaster News, I decided to log in to the newspaper’s Web site. I wanted to see if there were any reader comments on the announcement that the school district director of food services and the president of the school board were pleased and proud to add Philly cheese steaks and chicken wings to the school lunch menu for next year.

  • 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.