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Today's Opinions

  • Homelessness is regular guys getting chance to restart lives

    I stand on the porch with six homeless men.
    They’re chatting, smoking cigarettes, picking on the youngest guy in the group about his rapping skills.
    And I’m taking it all in – writing notes, snapping photos, listening to their stories.
    Ten men are staying in a home on Trestle Lane, part of Lancaster’s old mill hill. They’re in a 90-day program organized by the nonprofit Citadel House, and they’re trying to get back on their feet.
    I’ve seen poor people before.

  • Memories of Holiday Barbie

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.


    My grandma Reba Bruton used to get up from our Christmas present-opening time to grab the white Walmart bags.

    Inside were her three granddaughters’ presents.

    She gave these same – but different – presents to all of us each year.

    I got mine for 14 years, starting when I was 3 years old.

  • Memories of Holiday Barbie

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.


    My grandma Reba Bruton used to get up from our Christmas present-opening time to grab the white Walmart bags.

    Inside were her three granddaughters’ presents.

    She gave these same – but different – presents to all of us each year.

    I got mine for 14 years, starting when I was 3 years old.

  • Memories of Holiday Barbie

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.


    My grandma Reba Bruton used to get up from our Christmas present-opening time to grab the white Walmart bags.

    Inside were her three granddaughters’ presents.

    She gave these same – but different – presents to all of us each year.

    I got mine for 14 years, starting when I was 3 years old.

  • Memories of Holiday Barbie

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.


    My grandma Reba Bruton used to get up from our Christmas present-opening time to grab the white Walmart bags.

    Inside were her three granddaughters’ presents.

    She gave these same – but different – presents to all of us each year.

    I got mine for 14 years, starting when I was 3 years old.

  • Column: Don’t take shortcut of blaming mass killings on mental illness

    After the latest mass shooting on American soil, those looking for reasons why this happened (and in some cases trying to cover for what many people think is the real problem) are trotting out the old standby boogieman – mental illness.
    In some cases, it’s easier for them to wrap their mind around why this sort of thing keeps happening in this country if they can quickly and easily place blame on a cause such as mental illness.

  • Column: A young boy stops to thank WWII veteran

    Last week, I was having breakfast downtown with an old friend. Usually six of us meet for breakfast on Friday morning, but four were scattered from South America to doctor’s offices, so the two of us carried on.
    While we had coffee and waited for our eggs and bacon, we covered a number of topics – one was about World War II.

  • Letter: Do you shop in stores that sell cigarettes?

    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of our bodies, causing many diseases and reducing the health of smokers in general.
    Cigarette smoking causes more than 480,000 deaths each year in the United States. More than 10 times as many U.S. citizens have died prematurely from cigarette smoking than from all of the wars fought by the United States. Smoking causes about 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths.