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Today's Opinions

  • 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!”

  • Do your research before choosing next president

    On July 24, my family said goodbye to my 18-year-old son, a United States Marine, as he departed Camp Lejuene for Iraq. This would be the first of at least two deployments he will make.

    As expected, this was an emotional day. I expected sadness, but didn’t expect the many other emotions I felt that day.

  • Help find paintings stolen from hospital

    The Lancaster County Art League is an organization that supports the arts in Lancaster. We have had workshops every month except in the summer for more than 40 years.

    Every year we put our art work in the Springs Hospital Gallery on the second floor. Last year two of Dianne Mahaffee's beautiful paintings were stolen.

    They were her spider lilies collections. One photo was three spider lillies and the other was a single lily.

  • O'Brien grateful for opportunity to serve, thanks supporters

    nning for my City Council District 6 seat this term.

    After 12 years of service, I feel that now is a good time for me to step down. I have learned a lot during the past years about city government and I appreciate the opportunity you have given me to serve on council.

    I would like to encourage each of you in the following areas:

    n Pray for your leaders. I truly appreciate those who have prayed for me.

    n Encourage your leaders. I received a letter from a gentleman thanking me for my service and he enclosed $10 to buy my lunch. Thanks a million.

  • All-stars teams made us proud

    This summer will be forever marred by memories of the cowardly burn-and-run actions of what appears to be an ax-to-grind arsonist.

    The late-summer burning of the Lancaster County Courthouse and an ensuing fire at the nearby solicitor’s office will be the major headlines when this dark period is revisited in years to come.

    On a much more positive note, the effort of some Lancaster County youngsters at nearly the same time as the fires provided us something to be proud of this summer.

  • Honor brave citizens by building a museum

    Yes, the courthouse must be repaired. It would be a grave disservice to the brave citizens of Lancaster, who 143 years ago turned Sherman's hoard of criminals away from Lancaster and spared the courthouse, not to repair it. These citizens of Lancaster were not regular army, but a local militia of young boys and old men who stood their ground against a trained army. To repair the courthouse and make it the museum of Lancaster would be the supreme honor to these men.