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Today's Opinions

  • Column: We must see past political parties

    I have watched both presidential debates, listened each
    day to CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.
    As a pastor who was created by God to be African-American, I have become utterly disgusted as well as enlightened by this presidential election process. It has shown the ignorance, brokenness, hypocrisy and unresolved issues of race relations in our country and unfortunately in my city. It has shown the power of media to “spin” facts and confuse voters.

  • Letter: Worst presidential year I have seen

    What is our world coming to?
    We have young men killing one another, police officers shooting citizens, citizens shooting police officers. We have people living in poverty, and Lancaster County has a homeless population that no one even notices.
    Drugs and violence have sucked the life out of our communities, and people are losing their jobs and their homes, or struggling to make ends meet working more than one job. We have countries getting the upper hand on us. We have terrorism running rampant.

  • Letter: Fran Person gets this farmer’s vote

    Mick Mulvaney has enjoyed a six-year vacation in Washington, D.C., and it is time he returns home! His plan is to move into the governor’s office in two years anyway.
    He cannot show one thing that he has accomplished for this state and, worse, he has voted against our military’s budget. Mulvaney says he voted against a defense bill because it was a terrible bargain and that he has encouraged Republicans to freeze or reduce defense spending.

  • Letter: Founders fireworks was unconscionable

    Shame on Founders Federal Credit Union.
    To end your Employee Appreciation Celebration at 9 p.m. on an October Saturday night in the City of Lancaster with a fireworks display – not firecrackers or sparklers, but loud, explosive booms that shook the house – is unconscionable. Really!

  • Letter: Harris gets support for city council seat

    I am writing to support Jackie Harris for reelection to Lancaster City Council District 3.
    I have known Mrs. Harris since our childhood, tirelessly riding our bikes up and down Clinton Avenue and singing in the youth choir at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church. As time transitioned us into adulthood, her passion for children, families and the community led her to become the civil servant she now is.

  • Column: Charter school makes learning fun, exciting

    From the beginning, you know this school is different.
    Young children bound out of the cars with excitement and run to hug the principal. He greets each student by name, and then they scamper inside laughing and excited.
    Inside, the walls are crowded with lots of kids’ art work, pictures of students receiving awards and inspirational quotes from people like Steve Jobs. Pennants from the teachers’ colleges hang outside every classroom door.

  • Candidate Column: Harris cites her track record of getting good things done

    I would like to thank the kind people of District 3 for allowing me to serve as your representative on the Lancaster City Council.
    I’m seeking re-election to my second term in office as your councilwoman. I have worked tirelessly to address some of the people’s needs in the community.
    First, the Gay Street basketball courts had been in need of serious repairs. The adults and children had been playing on the same concrete that was used to fill the former pool located on the site.

  • Letter: Sympathy for mom of murdered man

    Ms. Jenny Thompson Bridges, the mother of Yusuf Abdus-Salaam, has my sympathy for the loss of her son.  
    She has earned my admiration for not blaming the firearm that killed him, as is so often done to advance a political agenda. Ms. Tina Thompson Rivers, Yusuf’s older sister, showed clarity and courage when she acknowledged that the choices her brother made contributed to the tragic outcome.