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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Don’t forget human nature as you decide on town of IL

    There are some laws I have not heard discussed regarding the proposed Indian Land incorporation. They are laws of human nature.
    The first is the Law of Unintended Consequences. This law says that no matter how much thinking and planning you do, any activity has unintended consequences. And the more complex the activity, the more unintended consequences will occur.

  • Letter: Blame Hollywood for violent culture

    Once again, our hearts are shattered with the loss of 17 innocent and precious souls in Parkland, Fla.
    Mass shootings have become a common American travesty that must be eliminated from our society forever. It is only natural for human beings to place blame, fault or condemnation on the shooter, the president, Congress or the NRA.

  • Column: Need changes in Conservation Bank, tax credits for kids with special needs

    Beginning in late January, the 2018 legislative session kicked into high gear.
    As we approach budget week in early March and bills are coming out of committees at a high rate, we are beginning to move at full speed. For example, in just one week, the Education Committee, on which I serve, sent 13 bills to the House to consider.

  • Letter: Biking, walking both part of infrastructure

    As Congress crafts its responses to the White House’s proposed infrastructure bill, we need a balanced transportation system that includes roads, transit, rail lines and trail networks. We can’t forget walking and biking infrastructure.
    The last National Household Travel Survey shows that  nearly 40 percent of all trips in the United States are within a 20-minute bike ride and over 20 percent are within a 20-minute walk. Connected networks for walking and biking are an essential part of a system of mobility choices that meet our changing needs.

  • Letter: Sen. Gregory should stop blaming the gun

    Maybe Sen. Greg Gregory could get off the blame-the-gun mentality and set his sights on the two culprits in the Florida shooting.
    One was the government authorities bungling this case, and the other is mental illness. Obviously the senator is ignorant of why we the people have Second Amendment rights.
    The left has no incentive to stop these shootings, for if they did, they would enforce the laws on the books and work to keep the mentally ill from getting their hands on a gun.

  • Letter: Need baseball fields in south of county

    It’s that time of year again! Spring is trying to emerge, but we true Southerners know winter is probably not done, and the coaches in Heath Springs and Kershaw compete for field position to practice soccer and baseball.
    But wait, Heath Springs has no baseball fields. They have been turned into soccer fields, and there are three or four teams on those two soccer fields at the same time.

  • Letter: Grateful for school safety upgrades here

    Congratulations and thank you to the Lancaster County officials who had the foresight to obtain funds to upgrade the security hardware and procedures in our public schools.
    Their pro-active stance is what is needed to keep our students and teachers safe.
    Their actions are preferred to the impotent “Why doesn’t Congress do something?” response to school violence. And they are preferable to the impractical “Let’s ban the AR-15,” the most widely used semi-automatic long gun in America.

    Dr. Charles Kaska

  • Column: Calm down! We are not on the brink of civil war

    I just read Rudy Schmidt’s Feb. 9 column in The Lancaster News headlined “U.S. in political civil war as Dems won’t accept election.”
    I am concerned about his view of our nation. He refers to civil war eight times.
    He states there are no shootings yet except in Democratic controlled cities like Chicago and Baltimore. The only other shooting that he mentioned is that of a Bernie Sanders-supporting Democrat shooting the Republicans practicing softball.