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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: City not maintaining Buckelew Park well

    Buckelew Park until recently has always been cleaned by the Lancaster County Parks and Recreational Department. Now the city of Lancaster has signed a contract to keep up the park area while the county keeps up the ball fields.
    I called the Solid Waste Department in January and was told the county takes care of that. I called the county three or four times and finally contacted the county administrator. I was contacted that day and told as mentioned above.

  • Letter: Let’s create kinder community, nation

    I am writing just to say how much I have appreciated my subscription to The Lancaster News.
    I also want to say how much I appreciated Taylor Faile’s April 5 letter asking people to stop bashing each other. Reach out to each other with an act unexpected act of kindness, like holding a door, giving up a place in line, or offering to pay for a stranger’s hamburger.
    With just even small acts, we can create a kinder community, and hopefully, a kinder nation. 

    Martha S. Robinson
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Green New Deal is just ridiculous

    The Green New Deal promoted by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y, is ridiculous. Her initials should stand for Another Outrageous Comment.

  • Column: Pace of other bills quickening with House budget behind us

    This week was another busy one in the House, as we enter the closing stretch of the General Assembly session.
    Here’s what we’ve been up to, including legislation that I’ve sponsored.

    Bills sent to the Senate
    With the House budget in the hands of the Senate, the pace of other legislation has increased, including these bills that received final House passage this week and moved on to the Senate:

  • Letter: Disappointed with move to eliminate Friday edition

    I was very disappointed in The Lancaster News’ decision to move from three editions per week to two editions.
    With Lancaster County leading the state in population growth and the news dynamics that go with that growth, it is especially important to report the news on a timely basis.
    Even at three days a week, the news is sometimes outdated. For example, often funeral services have already been held by the time the obituary notice appears. Your planned change will exacerbate that problem.

  • Letter: 2 or 3 days OK with me, just keep presses running

    Thank you for your important article in Sunday’s Lancaster News informing us of the change in the number of editions and explaining the necessity of that decision.
    Your comparison to grocery shopping was very clever – and helpful. I don’t care if it’s two or three days a week, as long as you keep those presses running.
    I think The Lancaster News does supply, in your words, “exceptional community journalism for Lancaster County.” I can’t imagine a county without a newspaper.

  • Letter: Good idea to cut edition, but about coffee prices...

    I want to be among the first to congratulate The Lancaster News management for reducing the paper to twice weekly.
    I know you will continue with the same high-quality reporting, but hopefully with less-stressed staff.
    My only concern is with the newsstand price of the paper. You said it was about the same as the cost of a cup of coffee. The last time I bought coffee, it was a nickel. Come to think of it, so was the paper I was reading.
    Oh well....

    Charles Kaska, aka “The Old Guy”
    Heath Springs

  • Column: Lawmakers debate how to spend surplus

    The 124th General Assembly has convened in Columbia to take up the people’s business in the first year of the two-year session. The slate is wiped clean from last session, so all matters not resolved then must start over.
    In addition, Gov. Henry McMaster has begun serving a new term along with all House members. After spending most of last year addressing the debacle of the failed V.C. Summer nuclear power project, the issues on the front burner this year are education reform and increasing teacher pay. Following are details on those matters and others before us.