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Today's Opinions

  • Liberals have issues with truth sensors

    I would like to respond to Parker Quinlan’s letter, “Letter writers should cite facts, not hate speech,” published in the Dec. 9 edition of The Lancaster News.
    The letter writer does not cite any facts in his opinion piece, just opinion, which is fine. It lets us know how that the liberal left does not need any facts to support opinions. He claims to collect information scientifically and values truth more than anything. No support for that statement is given.

  • Roads, budget, security among legislative topics

    A so-so session of the General Assembly concluded in July. Our budget revenues continued to improve, but the Senate’s performance did not.
    Attempts at tax reform never got traction and opponents of government restructuring ran out the clock to spite the governor when the ball was on the one-yard line. Oftentimes in politics personalities trump policies. It was true in Caesar’s time and remains so today. Here’s what happened on some selected issues:
    Run together

  • Embers’ show raised $3,000 for charities

  • Judicial system, paper failed Tiara Stevens

    The citizens of Lancaster County should be outraged at the victimization of Tiara Stevens by her father, Fred Lee Montgomery. They should be outraged that it took more than a month after the trial for The Lancaster News to publish the story. It had already been widely reported in print, radio and television nationally and internationally.

  • Give maximum sentences for child abusers

    I am writing to share the outrage I felt as I read the story, “Father gets one year for incest” in the December 12, 2012, issue of The Lancaster News.  
    How can it be that a man who committed such a dreadful crime be given a suspended 15-year sentence to just one year?
    As a teacher and therapeutic foster parent, I have witnessed first-hand the challenges and devastation that face children who have endured child abuse from a parent – the one who is suppose to love and protect them.

  • Address evil through intelligent conversation

    Not every mentally-ill person is violent. Not every gun is used to kill first-graders, principals and teachers. Evil is, has always been and will always be with us. Our hearts were broken, our breath sucked away and we were left completely helpless when mental illness, weapons and evil combined at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

  • Mulvaney column: How we know president’s not serious about ‘fiscal cliff’

     At a recent town hall meeting, I had a constituent ask me a fairly straightforward question: “Why won’t you compromise with the president?” 

    My response was probably not what she expected: “Do you want to sell your home?” 

    Taken aback, she responded that she did not. 

    “I’ll give you $100,000,” I told her. 

    Again, she refused. 

    “How about $200,000?” I pressed. 

  • Miller column: Congress, president must put America first

     Fireworks, balls, parties, concerts and all sorts of revelry – it’s over and we have elected a new/old president of the United States.

    Eighteen months and more than $5 billion and what do we have? We have the same old people sitting in Washington, in their same old positions, doing their same old jobs and accomplishing the same old results. That’s a pretty hefty price tag just to buy a repeat of the last four years.