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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Letter: VFW Auxiliary invites all to fundraiser

    The Capt. John P. Monahan VFW Post 12136 Auxiliary is partnering with Talbots of Blakeney for a Charity Day Event. The event takes place today – Nov. 10.
    Talbots is donating 10 percent of its pre-tax sales to the auxiliary that day. This fundraising event will assist veterans in Indian Land and the Lancaster County area. One hundred percent of the money raised will go to the veterans.

  • Column: Another mass killing tests our faith

    The news feeds continue to report the evil actions of individuals and groups who are bent on wreaking havoc against unsuspecting targets.
    Today, we are hearing about the mass shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where 26 people are dead and more than a dozen others wounded. The reports of such incidents seem to be growing with each passing week.

  • Column: How it feels to receive a quilt of valor

    When I received an email from The Lancaster News asking me to write about how it felt to receive a quilt of valor from Douglas Presbyterian Church, I debated declining.
    Although the quilt was presented in front of many, it felt like a private moment. A treasured moment. It was my pleasure spending time with the church honoring veterans. But as the quilts of valor – and those who award them – are worthy of recognition, I decided to accept the offer and share my thoughts.     

  • Column: How it feels to receive a quilt of valor

    When I received an email from The Lancaster News asking me to write about how it felt to receive a quilt of valor from Douglas Presbyterian Church, I debated declining.
    Although the quilt was presented in front of many, it felt like a private moment. A treasured moment. It was my pleasure spending time with the church honoring veterans. But as the quilts of valor – and those who award them – are worthy of recognition, I decided to accept the offer and share my thoughts.     

  • Column: Thank you, Promise Neighborhood volunteers, next workday Nov. 18

    On behalf of Lancaster Promise Neighborhood’s other co-chairs, Bruce Brumfield and Dr. Paul McKenzie, I want to express my deepest gratitude to the dozens of volunteers who came out on Oct. 21 to clean up, clear out and paint one of the homes in our zone.
    Mt. Zion AME Zion Church was gracious to host the workday, which involved adult and youth representatives from AMEZ churches, Resurrection of Life Ministries, All for One Ministries, the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary Club, nonprofit organizations and local businesses.