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Today's Opinions

  • Mr. Jack never met a stranger

    I just returned from out-of-town, to learn that Jack Harper passed away Saturday night.

    So much of Lancaster’s commercial district has disappeared and unfortunately, those who were so vital, are now passing from the scene also.

    Jack was a life long friend who, at one time, operated a shoe store at Lancaster Square.

    Prior to that, he was with Bailey-Rowell on Main Street. Jack outfitted many children and probably dyed more wedding shoes than anyone else. He was a fixture in the uptown business community.

  • Decide: Politician or public servant

    In his letter to the editor he spewed accolades about the mayoral candidate he was supporting. It was an impressive letter – neatly typed, well-written and punctuated correctly.

    And while there have been so many advancements in the field of genetics I had a problem believing the 6-month-old had written the letter. Not that I doubted his intelligence, it’s just that I had a problem visualizing his little fingers pounding away at a computer’s keyboard.

    Yes, campaigning for the previous election was in full swing.

  • Donnie Threatt lived his faith

    Several weeks ago, a great man who loved his Lord and Savior was taken too quickly from his family and friends. Life as well as death must come eventually to all. It is what we do during those gaps in time that matter the most. I would like to share some things about Donnie Threatt that I will always remember. I want to also share some things that I learned about Donnie after his passing.

  • 'Book sense great, but experience gets job done'

    I would like to respond to Shemika Caldwell’s letter “Writer: Education more important than work experience,” in the Aug. 13 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Let me say from someone with both education and work experience, I simply don’t agree. Miss Caldwell’s perspective has nothing to do with education or experience. Her letter itself and in her own words reveal her views are from a discriminating mindset and of personal bias.

  • Do all we can to replace courthouse

    The buildings and parcels of land on Main Street tell the story of early life here in Lancaster. What the people of Lancaster already understand is that when you tear up, knock down, burn and change the landscape, you are tearing up the future as well.ee

    The courthouse is on the Historic Register. It is part and parcel of Lancaster history. When you tear the fabric of a city’s past, you tear out the souls of its citizens as well. When the people can no longer can feel the soul of the city then they go elsewhere. That is the greatest loss a city can have.

  • Make punishment fit the crime

    I, as many others, not only in the local area but also throughout the nation, am heartsick over the violation of our courthouse. I only hope the person or persons responsible for this loss can be found. And when that is accomplished, I have no idea how flexible the sentencing guidelines are for crimes of this nature. However, I think it would really be appropriate to force this arsonist to assist in the restoration of this beautiful, historic building. Under heavy supervision the arsonist should be assigned the bulk of the work.

  • Hartley is right; The News, not TV, will be here for readers

    I wanted to comment on Jenny Hartley’s column in the Aug. 8 edition of The Lancaster News.

    Having worked in law enforcement and the electric utility industry, I understand being on the scene in a coffee-deprived and groggy state of mind.

    If I had been there I would most likely have laughed out loud if I had been asked the location of the Lancaster County Courthouse. Sorry, I can’t always be diplomatic – sometimes I’m just human.

  • We learned some hard lessons in past week

    We know hindsight is 20/20. We were reminded last week how painful it often is to learn from a mistake that has given us that crystal-clear perspective.

    Our beautiful, 180-year-old courthouse was severely damaged by a fire set by an arsonist during the early morning of Aug. 4. When we learned of the fire, we sighed, “Oh, no, not our courthouse!”