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Today's Opinions

  • 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: 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

  • 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: 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    Even at three days a week, the news is sometimes outdated.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.

  • 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.

  • Column: Congress should up protections for whistleblowers, reporters’ sources

    Each day, journalists throughout the country are working tirelessly to inform their readers what the government is up to.
    The free press is one of the most important pillars of American democracy. By reporting the truth, reporters allow the citizenry to elect leaders who represent their values and ideals and craft laws and policies that they believe in.

  • Column: Things I’ve learned to never do

    In my 74 going on 75 years, there are many things I have learned through experience that you just do not want to do.
    Do not eat ice and crunch it up. You just might break off your tooth doing this. Then you might swallow that tooth while eating a salad. I did this. It felt like a piece of glass in the salad, but it was my cracked-off tooth.
    If you have a pretty little bobcat kitten come to your back porch, do not start feeding it. It seems tame enough. You think you can take it in the kitchen and make this pretty little thing your housecat.

  • Letter: Stop tearing down your fellow humans

    Equality is an issue. Just because you don’t agree with the way someone decides to live doesn’t mean that you bully them, shoot them or throw shade on social media.
    Let people live. Let them do them, and you worry about you and how you want to succeed in life. It’s not your job to worry about who someone worships or who someone marries or how they want to raise their kids.
    You do what you think is right, and that’s all you have to worry about.