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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Remembering the mayor

    Sherrill Mullis, Joe’s Uncle Sherrill:
    When Hurricane Hugo hit Lancaster in September 1989, Joe was out there with the police, rescue squad or driving his own car in the early morning, checking on people or roads in the city and county.
    Am I Joe’s uncle? Not really, but I am Charlotte’s uncle. He seemed to like calling me Uncle Sherrill even though I am only a few years older than him. It tickled me.

  • Column: 1990 speech honoring Joe Shaw

    Below are the remarks I made as president of the Lancaster Breakfast Rotary on May 9, 1990, when the club designated Joe Shaw a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest award a club can confer on persons who exhibit the ideal of “service above self,” the motto of Rotary. Joe was not a member, just someone worthy of recognition in the club’s eyes. How much did he accomplish in the 25 years since!
    The material is a bit dated, but the heart of Joe Shaw is reflected in these remarks, which described him then as we remember him now.

  • Column: Don't let politicians divide us by tribe

    Who are your people? Where did you grow up? Are you from around here? Where did you go to school?
    These are the familiar questions that come up early in encounters with people we don’t know. In one sense, these are opening lines in polite conversations. In another sense, these are initial probes in discovering what tribe they belong to.
    If the new person we meet is African American, Asian, Hispanic or they are all decked out in orange with tiger paws – these are outward signs of their tribal identity that are clear to everyone.

  • Letter: Overbrook Road overlooked

    This letter is in reference to road closures and flood barricades still up on five roads in Lancaster County listed in the paper on Sunday, Nov. 23.
    Evidently, the people that live on Overbrook Road don’t count. The road is closed at Taxahaw Road and barricaded at Lynches River going into Chesterfield County.
    When SCDOT rehabilitated Overbrook Road, they left off 2 miles. The people that live down there are being discriminated against.
    The road is full of potholes and it’s closed at the river. School buses use part of that road.

  • Letter: Israel and Biblical prophesy

    I read with interest the Nov. 25 column by Bob Lanning summarizing the Biblical history of Israel. His condensed version of that history seems quite good and quite accurate. I must take issue, however, with the last two paragraphs of his column.

  • Letter: Some French courted disaster

    The Paris terror attack on Friday the 13th is important in today’s lost world.  The French President closed the border that night to stop the uncontrolled and crazy immigration that was happening.  He did not know that the problem was already in country and it was his lost people.

  • Column: Lancaster group needs your help to continue mission in Honduras

    I am writing to urge your readers to support a group of nearly 30 Christian men from the Lancaster area who are preparing for a mission trip to Honduras.
    On Jan. 16, the group will return to Santa Elena, Honduras, to continue its partnership with Mission on the Move (MOM).  MOM in Honduras is proposing to help Honduran children find a home in a foster-care type of environment with Honduran families.

  • Column: Catawba-Wateree license strengthens Duke’s bonds with Carolinas communities

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on Nov. 25 issued a new 40-year operating license to Duke Energy for the Catawba-Wateree Hydroelectric Project. It became effective Nov. 1, 2015.
    The new license allows the company to continue operating its 13 hydroelectric stations and 11 associated reservoirs located along the Catawba-Wateree River in North Carolina and South Carolina.