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  • Staff Column: It’s time to lay wreaths on the graves of our vets

    Given the latest weekend weather forecast, I’ll probably leave Kershaw on Saturday a lot wetter than when I arrived.
    But some things – such as honoring those who served our country – are worth an hour in the rain.
    At noon Saturday, I plan to join a handful of Kershaw volunteers in a holiday salute to military veterans buried at the city cemetery on Kirkland Avenue as part of National Wreaths Across America Day.

  • Our View: Let’s support the rec bond, create a better place to live

    If you’re like 78 percent of Lancaster County residents, you live in an owner-occupied dwelling, which probably means you have a mortgage or had one in the past.
    Borrowing to buy a home is a normal part of American life. Almost no one saves up for 30 years, then buys a house for cash. We would rather live in the house as we pay for it. Life is just more pleasant that way, for us and our families, and that’s one of the benefits of living in a country with a well-established system of borrowing for long-term needs.

  • Editor's Column: Fear of another Hugo makes us shudder

    If you are old enough to remember the night Hurricane Hugo sucker-punched this part of the state 29 years ago, you’re probably spending today telling people how horrible it was.
    And you’re warning them not to ignore the predictions about Florence, the 500-mile-wide Category 4 storm pointed straight at the Carolinas coast. Landfall is expected late Thursday.

  • Publisher's Column: Publishers exhale as federal agency rejects unjustified newsprint tariffs

    There was great relief and much celebrating at newspapers across the country Wednesday when the International Trade Commission voted unanimously not to impose permanent tariffs on the North American newsprint supply.
    The paper markets serving community newspapers nationwide can soon begin to move back to market pricing without the heavy hand of government imposing taxes on the primary suppliers of newsprint.

  • Editor's Column: Reviving Mayor Shaw’s hangout, the Ellen Dean

    We learned this week that an investment group plans to buy White Street’s old Ellen Dean Hotel and rehabilitate it for some new purpose.
    Hallelujah! For us and for the family of the late Mayor Joe Shaw. The Ellen Dean was his home base for many decades, and Charlotte and Joe Jr. have been trying to sell it since he died in 2015.
    And on today’s front page, we’re breaking the news that the vacant Kimbrell’s building a block away on Main Street has been sold.

  • Staff Column: Let’s count all the needs a well-used library meets

    I am a huge fan of Steven King. I’ve read everything he’s written that I could get my hands on and always have been satisfied at the end.
    Most recently, I read “Sleeping Beauties,” which he wrote with one of his sons. I was lucky enough to pluck it from the new arrivals shelf at our local library. The Kings crafted a compelling story about worlds of only women or only men, a crazy what-if that made me laugh and cry at the same time. The only drawback to this incredible book is its equally incredible length.

  • Editor's Column: Butch Flynn’s political self-destruction

    This newspaper hasn’t endorsed a candidate in Lancaster’s July 10 mayoral election, but I’m dis-endorsing one today – Butch Flynn.
    Mr. Flynn chose not to appear with the other four candidates Monday to answer questions in the campaign’s single public mayoral forum. He had not returned our phone calls since the news broke that he had been arrested May 1 for disobeying a court order in a family court case.

  • Editor's Column: Parnell crashes and burns, killing Democrats’ hopes in 5th District

    Archie Parnell stopped by my office one day during last year’s special congressional election, and we chatted for 20 minutes or so.
    I liked him. He was one of the calmest, most mild-mannered, understated politicians I’ve ever met. He smiled easily, listened well, spoke softly and carefully, and made good eye contact and coherent policy points. He poked fun at himself. Some of his campaign commercials were flat-out hilarious.
    No one is laughing now.

  • Publisher's Column: Newsprint tariffs won’t save U.S. jobs, will damage essential industry

    There are two things you need to know about newspapers.
    Newspapers are important to community life and democracy. Always have been. We at the National Newspaper Association think it is important for all sorts of newspapers to survive for the sake of a free society – the very large and the very small ones, the liberal ones, the conservative ones, the middle-of-the-road ones, the ones with no viewpoint but just important news, all of them. Some are our members. Many are not. We defend them anyway. America needs them like we need oxygen.

  • A year’s worth of stories I never predicted

    I sit in the newsroom and reflect on the 200-something stories I’ve written this year.
    Christmas songs play on the radio, which only picks up one station.
    I hear the clicks on keyboards from reporters typing holiday stories about recycled Christmas decorations, a food drive, a Santa truck, embroidered ornaments.