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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Blame Obama for Iran tensions

    Tension is building around the world over Iran’s nuclear program. Who gets the blame? The United States and President Trump. 
    Who should get the blame? Barack Obama. He could taste a deal with Iran as his term ended. This would make his legacy! So hungry for a deal with Iran, he could see the prize. Yet his deal was a bad one.

  • Letter: How litter kills birds of prey

    Litter kills birds. Yes, if you see an owl, a hawk or another type of dead or injured bird of prey on the roadside, that’s likely the result of litter.
    When food, including apple cores and banana peels (which some people don’t consider litter), is tossed from vehicles, it attracts rodents that these magnificent birds feed upon. When they home in on this prey, they often ignore vehicles and are killed or injured in collisions.
    So all litter – even what you may consider compostable or natural – is destructive.

  • Editor's Column: The easiest way to increase your chance of saving someone’s life

    Greg Brasington’s left arm was turning an ugly color, and his hand was icy to the touch. He had no pulse at his wrist.
    “This hurts a lot,” said the special operations coordinator for Lancaster County EMS.
    Strapped to his upper arm was a small tourniquet, a life-saving device that Brasington keeps handy always, and not just on the job.
    “Everyone should have one of these,” he told the crowd at Wednesday’s Breakfast Rotary meeting. “You can get them on Amazon or Walmart.com for less than $10.”

  • Editor's Column: The easiest way to increase your chance of saving someone’s life

    Greg Brasington’s left arm was turning an ugly color, and his hand was icy to the touch. He had no pulse at his wrist.
    “This hurts a lot,” said the special operations coordinator for Lancaster County EMS.
    Strapped to his upper arm was a small tourniquet, a life-saving device that Brasington keeps handy always, and not just on the job.
    “Everyone should have one of these,” he told the crowd at Wednesday’s Breakfast Rotary meeting. “You can get them on Amazon or Walmart.com for less than $10.”

  • Column: Hammond’s switch pragmatic, but take close look at the GOP

    I read with amusement the Lancaster News article regarding Jeff Hammond’s switch from Democrat to Republican.
    I know the switch was made only to get re-elected in the 2020 county election. This letter is not aimed at Jeff but at the theatrics behind the announcement and what some might derive from such an event.

  • Column: Come share your ideas for reviving downtown

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has proudly focused on building healthy communities for nearly 25 years. Over the past several years, we have been out in the community, listening to the voices of all people, celebrating our assets, and hearing the hopes and dreams of our residents. We call this work community engagement.

  • Column: Behaving badly in Mount Pleasant

    I don’t live in Mount Pleasant, but if I were a newspaper columnist writing regularly about the shenanigans of local officials, I’d want to live there. I would never run out of material.

  • Letter: Lancaster County’s Transportation Committee is working properly

    Much of Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s May 22 column on the gas tax dealt with state policy issues, and I defer to the legislature on any response.
    I did want to reply to one section where he wrote that gas tax money sent to the County Transportation Committees “…fails to square with the ‘road-repairs only’ pledge, especially since the state has little oversight of how the counties use these dollars….”