Today's Opinions

  • America sits silent as rights to healthcare slip away

    Comrade John Spratt has recently voted yes to increase your utility bill by $1,000 per year.

    His choice was to support his party or support the families of South Carolina. He chose his party. Comrade Spratt is a loyal subject of his party.

    The bill will increase gas prices and tax all manufacturing companies in the United States. Their taxes will be passed along to us.

    Families will pay for these taxes in many, many ways.

    Regarding national health care, Comrade Spratt will support this bill as a loyal subject of his party.

  • TEA Party draws more than 400 people

    Many volunteers showed up early morning on July 4 to begin getting ready for the TEA Party. We hoped it would be a success, but were a little concerned with it being a holiday.

    By noon Main Street had been blocked off and the street was full of people. We had people in town visiting relatives as far away as Texas, Florida and Pennsylvania. Of course, most of the people were local.

    It was so great. There were people of all ages gathered. They were holding signs and wearing hats decorated to protest the high taxes and out-of-control spending.

  • Have fun in water, but be careful

    In June we reported on the near drownings of two children in Lancaster County. The first was an 8-year-girl from a BridgeMill neighborhood pool.

    The second was a 2-year-old boy in his grandmother’s pool in the Van Wyck community. In today’s paper is a passionate letter from the 2-year-old’s grandmother, Brenda Hyatt. Hyatt is grateful and thankful for those who helped save him. She also issues a warning to others about pool safety.

    “Please don’t for one minute think this can’t happen to you,” Hyatt wrote.

  • Family grateful Tyler was saved

    My family and I would like to thank everyone involved in the rescue and recovery of my precious grandson on June 22.

    First, I want to thank the good Lord. I know God loves Tyler far more than we ever could. For whatever reason, he loved us enough to give him back. He had him in the palm of his hands and still gave him back for us to love and care for awhile longer.

  • Obama right to own up to America's weaknesses

    The guest column by John Cauthen, “Obama should tout, not criticize America,” in the May 3 edition of The Lancaster News regarding his perceived criticism of America by President Barack Obama and other related comments clearly point out the diversity of opinions regarding the complex issues facing our nation today.

    I was very interested in the analogy used by Mr. Cauthen between misrepresenting the condition of a used car to President Obama’s admission of past mistakes made by our government.

  • Be ready, prepare for possible hurricanes

    His name was Hugo. It was almost 20 years ago when he visited Lancaster County at a speed of more than 100 mph. He made believers of those who thought a coastal hurricane could not travel almost 200 miles inland.

    But that is just what the Category 4 storm did on Sept. 21-22, 1989. When the rain and wind stopped, Lancaster County was totally in the dark for a while. The damaged was in the millions and some people were without power for more than a month.

  • Lucky to have three fathers

    As Father’s Day approached, I found myself reflecting back on fathers and father figures in my life.

    My father and I did not have a healthy relationship when I was growing up and therefore Fathers Day was not celebrated by me as a time of sweet remembrance. Even today, 38 years later, I still, at times, would prefer that this day be taken off the calendar. He died when I was 16 years old but the memories never did.

  • Fishing with kids teaches valuable lesson

    The fish were not cooperating at the Outer Banks, so I volunteered to help at a children’s fishing tournament at one of the piers.

    There were about 40 children from 3 to 15 years old. One family from Pennsylvania was there and there were several generations of skilled fisherman.

    I made quick friends with an 11-year-old girl, who was beating everyone catching fish. As she fished we discussed her life on the farm and her chickens. Later her 14-year-old cousin came up and started talking about his mornings at the pier and his prize catches of the week.