Football, Politics and the Importance of a Handshake

Written by Irma Ilustre, Manheim Township. A shorter version of this piece was first published on November 29, 2020 in LancasterOnline/LNP under the title “What Happened to Good Losers?”. Reprinted here with permission from the author. Fall is a great time of year – not for the leaves or the pumpkin spice lattes, but forContinue reading “Football, Politics and the Importance of a Handshake”

LNP Best Workplaces

Written by Eric Kearsley, Willow Street. This piece was first published here, the LancasterSpeaksUp.com blog, on December 16, 2020 with permission from the author. It has been submitted to LancasterOnline/LNP for consideration as a Letter to the Editor. The LNP should be lauded for sponsoring the idea of a “Best Workplaces” insert.  No doubt itContinue reading “LNP Best Workplaces”

Honoring the Gig Worker

Written by Dennis Deslippe, Lancaster Township. This piece has been submitted for publication. Reprinted here with permission from the author. We’ve become accustomed in recent years to other Americans doing the things that we used to do for ourselves.  Once the purview of the elite it has become an expectation for a large swath ofContinue reading “Honoring the Gig Worker”

We Must Live Up to the US Motto

Written by Dr. Mary Theresa (Terry) Webb, West Lampeter. This piece was first published on Nov. 16, 2020 in LNP/LanasterOnline. Reprinted here with permission from the author. As we ponder the aftermath of the presidential election, one thing is clear. We are still a divided nation.  Bridging that divide and learning how to communicate with oneContinue reading “We Must Live Up to the US Motto”

The Real Story of this Election

Written by Perry Hazeltine, Lancaster City. This piece was first published on November 10, 2020 in LNP/Lancaster Online. Reprinted here with permission from the author. It turns out that citizenship itself is the winner in this year’s election. We had record-breaking turn out despite a pandemic.  At a rally in Lancaster this week, a womanContinue reading “The Real Story of this Election”

About Irma Ilustre, Manheim Township

Irma Ilustre is a writer, runner and raiser (of children, not so much plants). Her writings are infused with the sweat and tears of an over-the-hill mother runner’s race to make the world better before passing it down to her children. Her work has been previously published in The BeZine and in the anthology, “We WillContinue reading “About Irma Ilustre, Manheim Township”

Breaking Stone – A Poem

Written by Irma Ilustre, Manheim Township. This piece was first published on June 17, 2019 in Irma’s Blog. Reprinted here with permission from the author. I looked at you With your short hair and black square glasses An 80s band t-shirt tucked into slim waist, denim shorts that fell a tad below your knees IContinue reading “Breaking Stone – A Poem”

COVID-19 Testing in Lancaster County

Written by Eric Kearsley, Willow Street. This piece was first published on June 8, 2020 in LNP/Lancaster Online. Reprinted here with permission from the author. Last week the politically polarized Lancaster County Commissioners came together and unanimously approved a plan to use some of the funds provided by the CARES Act passed by Congress toContinue reading “COVID-19 Testing in Lancaster County”