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”

A Christian-Veteran-Doctor-Father’s Thoughts about the Death of Breonna Taylor

Written by Justin Wilson, MD, Manheim Township. This piece was first posted on Sept. 24, 2020 on Facebook. Reprinted here with permission from the author. I don’t often post much, and I definitely never post anything political or about current events.  But now, I have been moved in such a manner that not posting my thoughtsContinue reading “A Christian-Veteran-Doctor-Father’s Thoughts about the Death of Breonna Taylor”

A Global Perspective on American Greatness

Written by Kathy Becker, East Cocalico Township. An abbreviated version of this article was published on Sept. 26, 2020 in LNP/Lancaster Online. This longer version was first published on Nov. 1, 2020 in the Lancaster SPEAKS Up Blog with permission from the author. I went to bed on the night of Nov. 8, 2016, stillContinue reading “A Global Perspective on American Greatness”

You Forgot the Guys

Written by Rebecca Branle, Ephrata Township. This piece was first published on Oct 12, 2020 on Rebecca’s blog, basicallybeckyblogs. Reprinted here with permission from the author. If we just got rid of men, we could eliminate abortion. Sounds crazy, right? But it’s true. Men are a part of this equation, yet when so many pro-lifeContinue reading “You Forgot the Guys”

It’s All White and All Wrong

Written by Rebecca Branle, Ephrata Township. This piece was first published on Oct. 26, 2020 on Rebecca’s blog, basicallybeckyblogs. Reprinted here with permission from the author. Thoughts Penned After Ahmaud It’s a white people problem. And yet that’s not how most white people talk about it. They speak in lots of “he should haves,” orContinue reading “It’s All White and All Wrong”

About Perry Hazeltine, Lancaster City

Twenty-five years ago, my wife and I moved with our two young children to Lancaster County and have come to love this place we now call home. I became politically active during these years. But my first call to social action came from the Catholicism in which I grew up. When I was a teen,Continue reading “About Perry Hazeltine, Lancaster City”