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Today's Opinions

  • Never underestimate the American spirit

    My wife and I were eating lunch the other day at a restaurant. Sitting in a booth next to us were an older couple and the gentleman wore a Vietnam veteran cap.

    During their meal a young boy, about 10 or so, walked up to the man and said, “Excuse me sir. I see that you’re a veteran. I just want to thank you for your service for our country.”

  • Former trees, roses showed we cared about Lancaster

    There are few things that say “this is Lancaster and we are proud of our heritage” as did our trees and our roses that lined Main Street. With their white lights glowing in the dark, the trees made a drive through town at night magical.

    The red roses, blooming gloriously through three seasons, made Main Street truly worth going out of one’s way to see. Lancaster was the “Red Rose City,” with the roses offering a symbolic portal to hundreds of years of history.

  • My memory rerun circuit is fused

    Thanks to all of you that have expressed appreciation for the columns I write and thanks to The Lancaster News for the opportunity. I believe you all will find it interesting how I am able to recall and write about things before the age of 2.

    As a small child, I did not talk. The seven Ussery children before me were early talkers and very prolific. My parents became concerned when all efforts to persuade me to talk failed.

  • Writer challenges Jedson’s letter

    It was appropriate to publish Michael Jedson’s letter (and super pile of propaganda,) “Facts, without the whining and ranting,” on Super Bowl Sunday. There is enough no-fact information there to tax even Snopes’ capability. Even Phil Noble could not match this pile of falsehoods.

  • Beware of falling gas prices

    As I am, I’m sure you’re excited about falling gas prices. But I have to warn you, it won’t last long. And it will cost us, all of us more in the end.

  • Community makes Shoebox for Seniors a success

    I would like to give a special thanks to all of the churches, schools, organizations and individuals that participated in the Shoebox for Senior’s project in December 2014.

    This project, sponsored by the Lancaster County Council on Aging, continues to grow more and more each year. The gifts that we receive are sent out to our home-delivered meal clients and if there are enough gifts we also give gifts to our group dining clients.

  • A different view of Lancaster on Christmas Day

    My sons and their families visited me before Christmas Day, so on Christmas morning I decided I would eat at a local restaurant.

    I went to several – JoMars, Gus’, Arby’s – they all were closed.

    The North Main Shopping Center was empty. There was only one car in the Walmart parking lot.

    Then I saw where both McDonald’s and Hardee’s were open.

  • Immigration, border security, executive amnesty – Oh my

    By now, most folks know that President Barack Obama – actually the secretary of Homeland Security – issued certain orders in November of last year that allowed about 5 million people who were in the country illegally to stay here.

    If he had stopped there, then this column might have been about the relative merits (or demerits) of doing that. However, he also did several other things, including giving those same people the right to work. That is something else entirely.