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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Weigh Trump critic’s clueless 2010 query about sinking Guam

    U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, a Democrat from Georgia’s Fourth District, recently came out with a statement about President Trump’s voters that I’ll call unbelievable.
    He said Trump supporters are less educated, less prosperous, and are dying early from alcoholism, drug overdoses, liver disease and broken hearts caused by economic despair. Now, this is the person who, during a House committee meeting in 2010, asked if stationing 8,000 Marines on the island of Guam might cause the island to tip over and capsize. And he thinks Trump voters are less educated?

  • Letter: Immigration comments need a bit of historical context

    My letter is a response to an article in The Lancaster News last Wednesday concerning comments made by local businessman Jerry Hartley, owner of Hartley Funeral Home.
    His comment posted on social media and published in your paper was: “If you are not born and raised in this great country, you have no business being here. This is America.”

  • Column: Newton lays out checklist for changing S.C. schools

    As the General Assembly reconvenes, it looks like two major issues will dominate this session. Though very little specific legislation has been filed on these topics yet, these issues will likely begin to take the form of legislation in the coming weeks. Here is a preview of these topics and my thoughts on each:
    Education Reform  

  • Column: 4-H initiative builds leadership among Lancaster County youth

    Last year, more than a dozen local 4-H participants joined a youth leadership initiative called 4-H LEAD.
    The program is intended to grow young 4-Hers’ leadership skills and improve the community through the abilities of driven youth. It provides a paid internship with the 4-H office for two participants from each county, Lancaster and Chester, who have excelled in the program.

  • Column: Gregory answers road questions aplenty

    The struggle to maintain and expand our state’s roads is akin to the war against the Axis in 1942, six months after Pearl Harbor.
    Our armed forces had been underfunded and neglected for decades, so the ramp up to a sufficient fighting force was slow, but moving forward. Still, it seemed bad news outweighed good at the time.

  • Column: Taxes on residential property due Jan. 15

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and are looking forward to a busy 2019, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon.
    All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 15. The late penalties can be costly, so please don’t be late.

  • Column: Foot-dragging by council has hiked cost of animal shelter

    For more than two years, the Lancaster County Council has been promising to build a new animal shelter to replace the current one dating from the 1970s. They insisted that the new shelter was Priority One.
    At the last Infrastructure and Regulations Committee meeting of 2018, it was decided that the shelter construction bids were too high by $300,000 to $500,000, and committee members wanted to consider cost-cutting measures before accepting one of the bids.

  • Column: Federal report shows how Texas shooter eluded background check

    I have previously written about bureaucratic failures that have been the enabling cause in many – but not all – mass shootings.
    I want to take a few minutes to go into some detail on the Nov. 5, 2017, killings at First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.