Today's Opinions

  • Closure is also needed in Dr. Pittman's murder

    Over the past six weeks, The Lancaster News has featured its highly read Cold Case series about unsolved murders in Lancaster County dating back some 40 years.

    During those weeks, some faces from the past have rekindled reflections of those crime stories. Some of those I recall, like the late Harry Frazier, a gifted athlete in his day, playing youth sports in Lancaster.

  • 'I Spy' set the example for law enforcement officers

    Robert Culp died March 24. If that name rings a bell, it should. He was one of the stars in the television show, “I Spy,” which was on NBC from 1965 to 1968. His co-star in the series was the first black man in a leading role in a TV show, Bill Cosby.

  • Hidden legislation will allow payment for abortions

    On March 15, the House Budget Committee, by a 21-16, vote initiated the process that will allow the Senate to consider health-care reform under special rules that ban Senate filibusters and require a simple majority to approve the measure.

     “We’re taking the first step in the long, arduous process toward health-care reform,” said House Budget Committee Chairman John Spratt, D-S.C.

    What Mr. Spratt didn’t say is that, under his guidance in the Budget Committee, and his vote, taxpayer money will be used to fund abortions.

  • Fellow officer 'outraged' about Parsons incident

    I lived in Lancaster for years in the past and still keep up through family and The Lancaster News online. I am outraged about the Detective Pat Parsons situation. I would like to thank Detective Parsons for his many years of service and for protecting the city of Lancaster.

  • 'Just do it,' and fill out your census form

    You should get the 2010 U.S. Census questionnaire in the next few days. In previous editorials, we’ve stressed the importance of responding to the census. Census results are important – very important.  

    They are used to determine each state’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and to redraw state and local voting districts.

    More than $400 billion in federal funds is distributed annually through state, local and tribal governments to communities each year, based on population data.

  • A moment in time: Is it urgent or important?

    I was a senior in high school and wanted to entertain my girlfriend, so I offered to take her to all the rides at the county fair. With a tank of gas in that clunker Volkswagen and $25 in my pocket, I was sure to be the best Friday night date in town.

    Through the gate into the fairgrounds we went, past the farm equipment, smelly livestock barns, the hot dog and popcorn stands and the craft building with jams, pies and quilts. We had one thing on our minds – the rides. The towering Ferris wheel marked our destination.  

  • City should reverse decision against Parsons

    It is nice to know that the city of Lancaster is now judge, jury and executioner. They have taken the word of two people and crucified Lancaster Police Officer Pat Parsons. Being the parent of a young man, who also lost his way as a teenager, I know that everything a young man says isn’t the truth. I found that out the hard way. But to take that young man’s word and his mother’s word over Officer Parsons and not have a fair and honest hearing is ludicrous.

  • Now is the time to fight for our country

    America is at a crossroads. One road leads to a progressive society with more aspects of our lives under government control.

    The other road leads to an American society of free individuals under a constitution that severely limits what the federal government can rightfully do.

    If we follow the progressive model, it will lead to a European-style welfare state so dependent on government that tax reduction is impossible because more people receive government benefits than those who produce the wealth.