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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Evans letter: Angels stepping up with helping hands

     

    The Lancaster News is filled with depressing stories at a time when we should be happy and filled with a spirit of helping others. Just when things seem so bleak, I happened to become aware of angels in our midst.

    The service station was very crowded when I pulled up to the pump. The car to my left was in pretty bad shape and the occupants looked as if they had seen better days, too.

  • Harward letter: Republicans offer solution to fiscal cliff

     

    The United States is nearing an economic collapse, leaving more than $16.3 trillion of debt to our children, their children, etc., with accounts payable to China, Saudi Arabia and others.

    President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill Democrats continue to demand more tax increases now, with promised spending reductions further down the road of future years. Capitol Hill Democrats never deliver except in cutting our U.S. military budget.

  • Bledsoe letter: Time to get troops out of Afghanistan

    I am writing to express my extreme anger and frustration at our president, cabinet members and Congress members for continuing to dwell on the four Americans who were killed at the embassy in Benghazi. 

    First, these so-called representatives and government lawmakers made this tragedy a political stumping ground during the presidential campaigning even after Ambassador Chris Stevens’ father told the press that his son would not appreciate that.