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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Jerell White’s family thanks the community

    Editor’s note: Jerell White, a Benedict College student home on summer break, disappeared after walking away from a party in the Primus community early July 5. His body was found in a nearby pond after a four-day search.


    The family of Jerell Ketron Eugene White would like to thank everyone who has shown support throughout this process.

    There are really no words to express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy and support everyone has extended toward our family during this time of loss.

  • Column: Will mammals soon choose to be reptiles?

    Suppose you do not believe in God, or in any god at all.
    Maybe you believe the universe and everything in it, including yourself, resulted from pure chance or maybe a serious accident of nature. Maybe you believe that everything is utterly devoid of meaning. It is all your choice.

  • Column: GOP says Probate backlog alarming

    Three years ago, Lancaster County Republicans, seeking to improve the level of service in county government, fielded a candidate for probate judge.
    Jerry Holt lost in a close race to a two-decade Democratic incumbent. Holt challenged the status quo in the probate court, calling for reforms in the office to improve service, make the office more customer-friendly and prepare for the county’s continued growth.
    According to recent court statistics, these reforms are needed now more than ever.

  • Letter: Is Mr. Peanut better off without my existential thoughts?

    As I took my dog, Mr. Peanut, for a walk today and as he stopped to do his ritual sniffing every couple steps, I looked around me. I was amazed at my surroundings. How incredible everything is.
    I stand there, a self-aware being, among trees, grass, clouds, air and other self-aware humans. How is it my surroundings, the planet, the solar system, the galaxy and the universe came to be? Was it because of a supreme being we call God, or was it because of numerical chance? An answer I’ll never know until my time here is up, and maybe not even then.

  • A stench, a scalpel, an eyeball

    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.

    That sea-animal stench smacks me in the face when I walk through the door at Buford Elementary.
    I know what I’m getting into when I decide to film it.
    The smell gets stronger the closer I get to the classroom – the classroom with the dead, 2-foot-long dogfish sharks on the table.

  • Column: Why tax credits are a bad idea

    Tax credits can be some of the worst policies a government can pass.
    Taxes, as a rule, should be broad-based (everybody pays them) and low-rate (nobody pays much). Tax credits usually violate that principle – after all, tax cuts are different from tax favors. The former lower the overall burden for everyone, and the latter make exemptions for favored businesses, individuals, or sectors at the expense of everyone else.
    And of course, targeted tax credits are often used for economic development – or so the claim goes.

  • Column: My pessimism about Congress keeps growing

    I have been watching the actions in Washington for the past several weeks with great interest and have come to some conclusions.
    First, regardless of how you feel about Donald Trump, he has been the catalyst to prove what we have suspected about our government – that we the people have very little control of the “government by the people.” We are the “sheeple” that are needed to justify career politicians’ existence.

  • Column: Is the American Dream alive or dead?

    If you stop and really think about it, this is the most fundamental question one could ask about our state and nation.
    And the answer says a lot about the kind of people we are as a state and a nation.
    The American Dream is both very simple and very profound. It has been the driving force behind our country since its earliest days.
    We all have our own slightly different definitions of the American Dream. This is mine: If you work hard and play by the rules, your children will be better off than you are.