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On June 20, the U.S. and Iran teetered on the brink of World War III. When told by his generals that they planned to kill 150 Iranians in response to the downing in international waters of a U.S military drone, President Donald Trump decided it was not proportional. 

To tag onto Lance Smith’s July 10 letter, “Going overboard with fireworks,” I too would like to share my experiences. I have a 9-year-old terrier who is becoming more and more sensitive to loud, sudden noises — like so many other animals.

Unfortunately, my June 11 letter (“Congressional Dems in denial”) was incomplete because LNP staff deleted a statement that I believe to be true and critical: “AG Barr refused to violate the law by providing Congressman Nadler’s committee with an unredacted version of the Mueller report.”

In response to school “lunch shaming,” I say, “Shame on you” to school districts that choose to separate those students who, through no fault of theirs, have outstanding lunch debt (“No shaming,” July 10 LNP editorial). 

State lawmakers have enough challenges attempting to pass an annual budget and, although they seem fairly efficient at providing their own pay raises, I believe they have it backward, because maybe the commonwealth citizens should determine the salaries of state lawmakers.

For all those who have pets or farm animals, please make sure they have shade to get out of the hot sun. Animals do not like to be forced to stand in the sun all day long with no relief in sight. I have seen some cows trying to get under the one and only tree in a field; they all don’t fit. …

I took exception to the July 3 letter “Race not relevant in Reinaker case.” I have been inspired by the previous writings of Lancaster city Councilman Ismail Smith-Wade-El and found nothing racial in his latest submission regarding Judge Dennis Reinaker’s unfortunate incident. The councilman…

A recent question was asked: Why print bridge scores in the paper? (“How about pinochle results?” July 10 letter). Let’s take it further: Why print bowling results? Why print high school rifle competition results? Who cares about the weather in Africa on Thursday? The list could go on. I don…

I found the July 8 article “Democrats get religion on road to White House” very ironic. For many years, liberals have called for the “separation of church and state,” always deriding conservatives in general and the religious right in particular for promoting public policies based on so-call…

Forcefully separating Christian children from their Christian parents is called government-sanctioned kidnapping. Imprisoning the parents, deporting them, and putting the children up for adoption are some of the horrific acts of the Trump administration. These acts are encouraged and defende…

I am a 76-year-old, married, Caucasian, male political independent and a serious Christian. However, I am troubled and confused concerning evangelical Christians’ continued enthusiastic support for President Donald Trump — though I do admire your loyalty and zeal for your faith and your serv…

Thanks to the July 7 Sunday LNP for the article on conditions at the Conowingo Dam (“Behind the dam, tons of pollution”). The Conowingo is now the third major dam on the lower Susquehanna River to have reached capacity, creating a series of policy challenges for Chesapeake Bay advocates, Pen…

Comparative religions, philosophy and theater are areas of study essential to living a comprehensive life of thought and responsible action (June 18 article, “E-town College cuts staff, majors”). These inform the preference for peace, nonviolence and social justice — an essential education o…

My wife and I went to the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration in Lancaster city’s Musser Park, as we’ve done for a number of years. We’ve always enjoyed it. We liked the Malta Band concert very much. It’s great when you can experience live music. But we were disappointed by what seemed …

I commend Larry Silverstein’s commitment to renovate the historic former Stehli Silk Mill into an apartment complex designed to serve the local community (“Developer buys empty silk mill,” July 4).

Regarding the July 8 article “States give children a right to be vaccinated”: Among actions being taken to boost vaccination rates, some states are opting “to take the decision out of parents’ hands and let their kids choose for themselves.”

Two years without a dog should be forever; $25 per count should be $25,000 per count; community service should be time in jail (“Quarryville woman pleads to cruelty charges,” May 24). And I think the punishment should fit the crime.

I took issue with a few things in a brief June 15 letter. In the headline, “Why do you want the right to abortion?” the key word there is “right.” Americans, in 1620, fled the stifling powers of the British monarchy to start a country that would support rights applicable to many walks of lif…

Although there are almost 17 months until the 2020 election, all 20-plus Democratic presidential candidates are hopping from state to state and flooding our inboxes with pleas for “just $1?” Following the first debates, very few voters have made up their mind with regard to which candidate t…

It is genius that climate change alarmists can forecast with certainty Earth’s atmospheric temperature several decades in the future, while professional meteorologists worldwide are able to forecast, with some uncertainty, temperatures for just a few weeks out.

On the Fourth of July, our American flag was flying in our yard. On Memorial Day, we went to Quarryville to join its ceremony recognizing our nation’s veterans and those who lost their lives protecting our country. Thus, we are not lacking in patriotic appreciation. However, Independence Day…

Rabbi Jack Paskoff’s May 26 Sunday LNP column, “Honoring women’s right to dignity and their right to choose,’’ was disturbing. He said, “I stand for the dignity of women. I stand for the health of women. I stand for justice. And so I stand for choice.’’

I was so happy to see the new citizens who want to be in this great country of ours (“ ‘We are really proud to be Americans,’ ” June 30 Sunday LNP). The world needs good citizens, and I think if other good people see how much people want to be in this great land and work hard, the new citize…