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Opinion

  • So, what does last week’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court on handguns mean? Legal experts on both sides of the gun control debate predict it will mean more challenges to gun-control laws – challenges that might very well be decided in future Supreme Court rulings.

    The decision will also almost certainly void gun-control laws in Chicago and Oak Place, Ill., that forbid residents to have handguns in their homes.

  • On July 2, I was shopping at Wal-Mart in Lancasster. After loading my items into my car, I left my purse in the shopping cart and drove away.

    Some kind person found my purse and turned it in to the staff in the store. I would like to thank that person. I have tried to find out who you are, but have been unsuccessful. I want you to know that your kindness and honesty have not gone unnoticed.

    With all the bad news that is reported, I think it is time we stop and give thanks for all the good people who are still in this world.

  • I read the editorial about saving the old Lancaster County jail. I do not believe it needs to be restored because it is useless to the public. How many people have come to look at it?

    Everything old is not historic. We now have an old courthouse that probably no one will go in. There are old jails in every town. That does not make them unique. It is not like everyone who has been there has such good memories.

    The editorial mentioned Robert Mills, the architect who designed the jail. I have never heard of him. Now, if he was Frank Lloyd Wright, that would be different.

  • There were two articles in the Wednesday edition of The Lancaster News that caused me concern and that require strong comment and rebuttal.

    On page 4A, there is a human interest story about a flag being damaged that I thought unfairly characterized the reputation of Renee Bozeman, who reported that her American flag had been vandalized.

  • The building, which once was the home of Barr Street High School and Barr Street Junior High School, sports new life.

    The building, which for the most part has seen little or no activity since 2003, has been renewed through the work of Hope on the Hill, a local group led by the Rev. Wayne Murray to boost opportunities for youth.

    Plans called for the renovated facility to open in late June, but the opening is now set for Saturday due to complications with the alarm system.

  • I am delighted that The Lancaster News reported July 2, 2010, that there was strong support to save the old jail.

    The price to rehabilitate the jail seems reasonable. This building has stood since 1823, about 200 years. That proves how well it was originally constructed. The structure is designated as a National Historic Landmark.

  • I want to respond to Jenny Arnold’s article, “Reaching rebellious youth focus of community forum.” There have been candlelight meetings, marches and prayer meetings to bring awareness to the problem of young people killing young people. But there are no solutions that the community likes. Before we can generate a solution to any problem we must understand the cause of the problem.

  • When I read the four letters to the editor in Wednesday’s paper, I thought of some lines from W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming.”

    “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.”

    At a time when our state’s reputation has reached its nadir in the nation and the world, there are plenty of people who want to drag us back to the Middle Ages and turn our affairs over to the generals and clerics.

  • “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    – The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

    The First Amendment was written because at America’s inception, citizens demanded a guarantee of their basic freedoms.

  • “We hail thee Carolina and sing thy high praise...”

    Those opening words to the University of South Carolina alma mater carry a little deeper meaning today.

    The USC Gamecocks, a never-say-die unit personified, are the toast of the college baseball world. The Gamecocks scratched and fought for their elite status, college baseball’s “Cock of the Walk,” if you will, with the 2010 NCAA national championship they won Tuesday.

  • “It’s so hot I saw a dog chasing a cat and they were both walking,” online commenter laconservative wrote on our June 25 story, “More hot temps in forecast.”

    Beamsabre chimed in, “I saw a pack of Cub Scouts lighting a bonfire to cool off.”

    “It’s so hot the boys in the hood are wearing short sleeve shirts,” reverind ike added.

  • The TEA Party of Lancaster County is having a rally at noon July 3 at the former Elrod GMC building, 845 Lancaster Bypass East.

    We are coming together to generate support for the nationwide effort to take back our country.

    As we all know, our country is in trouble. We pray constantly for God’s help in turning around the mess we are in, but it has often been said that God helps those who help themselves. And that is what we want to do – help our country.

  • After reading “More Food Choices for Students at Lunch” in the June 4 edition of The Lancaster News, I decided to log in to the newspaper’s Web site. I wanted to see if there were any reader comments on the announcement that the school district director of food services and the president of the school board were pleased and proud to add Philly cheese steaks and chicken wings to the school lunch menu for next year.

  • Susan Johnson’s June 13 letter, “Judicial system has to follow through,” is factually incorrect.

    She states that the solicitor said the person arrested for dealing drugs was never prosecuted. The solicitor is a part of the executive branch of government – not judicial. Whether or not to prosecute a case is in the sole discretion of the elected solicitor – not the judge.

  • We can picture the scene when veteran Lancaster City Councilman John Howard shook his head and said, “I think I’m in the twilight zone.” Howard often quips at council meetings, and he’s never been a council member to mince words.

    And when he wondered if he was in some netherworld at the June 3 special City Council budget meeting, he did so for good reason. The majority on council had just voted to tap into the city’s reserve funds to give employees a 2 percent raise.

  • President Barack Obama must have spent summers working in an Alaskan fishery. Experts tell me that it does not take long before the constant daylight begins to affect your performance and judgment. Otherwise, why am I still fuming that Obama’s first official act was to order the close of Guantanamo Bay to ensure terrorists’ rights were not violated.

    GITMO prison guards surely were surprised to awaken from sleep and find that all the cells were empty. Obama let most of them go back home so they can once again work to destroy America.

  • I’d like to respond to Tish Leonhardt’s letter, “Nurse: White Oak cares for its patients,” in the June 9 edition of The Lancaster News. I usually write my own letters, word for word, but the letter Mrs. Leonhardt is referring to was written by someone else.

    When I viewed the words – sorry, I can’t remember where – I thought that it was very relevant to our society today. I wasn’t trying to plagiarize. I sent it in liking the thought it laid out.

  • The Coalition for Healthy Youth of Lancaster County is looking to take a team effort approach in combating teen alcohol consumption and early tobacco use.

    The coalition is shooting to have local businesses be a positive force in the fight by doing what they can to do what’s right.

    The coalition, formerly known as the Lancaster County Prevention Coalition, is seeking support from local businesses to help in the battle to halt the underage use of alcohol and tobacco.

  • April has come and gone. Getting our income tax worries are behind us until next year. But wait, there is something else going on.

    People all over America are frustrated about the lack of jobs, growth of the federal government, lack of transparency and accountability in our state and federal government.

    Many of us locally who feel this way have been involved with the Lancaster TEA Party movement for just over a year. Our little town is in step with all of the other TEA Parties statewide and nationwide.

  • Please vote in the June 22 runoff even if your candidate was not one of the top two vote-getters. The selection of a person to be the governor of our state is a very important one. The person for that job is Gresham Barrett.

    Duly elected officials, even when they are running for higher office, must go to their job and vote on legislation, especially their own. I do not want a governor who can’t be responsible.

    Lynne Carroll

    Indian Land