Today's Opinions

  • Snelling committed an act of compassion

    We all know the wording of our wedding vows: “For better or for worse, ’til death do us part.”
    Charles and Adrienne Snelling were married 61 years and, by every indication, they had a love story that most couples dream of. Six years ago, Adrienne developed Alzheimer’s, she knew her disease “would not be kind,” as she wrote her family members after her diagnosis.

  • Time to put America on life support

    In his March 21 letter, “Iran No. 1 country for exporting terrorism,” Ronald Hopkins is under the impression that I think Iran should be allowed to have nuclear weapons. I discussed a peaceful nuclear program in my letter, “It’s time for us to repair the world,” in the Feb. 3 edition of The Lancaster News.

  • Writer: Call Lancaster ‘last of Wild West towns’

    After reading the April 1 story about “Brooklyn Avenue – now and then,” I did not see the slogan “We Are Lancaster” on the official tour of Brooklyn neighborhood. I guess the Chamber of Commerce will come up with another silly slogan or should we get rid of Lancaster Councilwoman Charlene McGriff for making Lancaster look bad in the press?

  • Starnes a tough act to follow in Kershaw

    Kershaw Town Council has a major task ahead.
    The council is in the process of finding a new town administrator with the resignation of Kershaw Town Administrator Tony Starnes.
    Starnes, after careful consideration, said he made his decision to resign a few weeks ago.
    Starnes’ announcement was stunning to Kershaw Mayor Wayne Rhodes, who was assured by Starnes he was just ready to “move on.”
    Starnes, 62, said he might want to do something else or just spend quality time with his family.

  • Habitat for Humanity is moving forward in county

    Did you know that Habitat for Humanity is ranked as one of the largest homebuilders in the world? Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County is your local affiliate.
    Thanks to community support, partnerships with YouthBuild and volunteer assistance in the past, 11 families now have their very own home, a dream made possible and affordable by the Habitat program. Many more new homes are needed, but progress has been slow for several years with the sluggish economy. But that’s changing, thanks to your growing support.
    Penny Street progress

  • Today symbolizes our hope for future

    Easter is about hope – hope for ourselves, each other and the future. Today, Christians worldwide will celebrate that hope.
    The parallel between Easter and hope is obvious. For followers of Jesus Christ, it was a hopeless period when their tortured leader drew his last breath on a crude cross and his body placed in a tomb. Some hid in fear as they mourned his death. There was doubt – even among the disciples who were with him everyday. Was Jesus’ message real? What’s next?

  • Do we want to theorize or reform education?

    In education, as in everything else, there is a big difference between theory and practice. This difference is particularly noticeable among those who say they support school choice but don’t want that choice to extend beyond government schools.  Let’s talk about practice. In Georgia, 3,000 students with special needs are now attending independent schools that meet their specific learning needs. Each school was selected by that child’s own parents through a school choice program launched in 2007.

  • Export competitiveness, yet we import cronyism

    There are two kinds of companies who receive corporate welfare from Washington: successful businesses that don’t need it, and unsuccessful companies that don’t deserve it.
    Everything else you hear from politicians when corporate welfare comes up – rhetoric about public-private partnerships, about matching Europe’s subsidies of foreign competitors – is a big shiny ball waved around to distract you from the truth that they are mortgaging our children’s and grandchildren’s future to subsidize the politically-connected.