Today's Opinions

  • Column: Persistent scammer is a skunk

    I want to share with everyone about a scam going around.
    It started Tuesday, July 12. We got a call. He said he was from Bank of America. I told him I was not interested in credit cards or loans. He would not hang up.
    I hung the phone up.
    He called right back. Just listen to me; I’ve got good news for you, he said. I told him I did all my banking at Founders and not to call again.

  • Letter: Oceana Gold upholding its promises

    It’s not yet time to call out Oceana Gold and Haile Gold Mine, as previous letters (June 22 and July 20) indicated.
    As a staunch environmentalist and strong opposer of Haile Gold Mine, I can say they are currently upholding their promises.
    As a previous environmental manager over open pit mines, I know the initial stage of topsoil removal and stockpiling offers the greatest threat to local waterways.
    In this case, it’s the Little Lynches River. Heavy rains can now easily cause erosion and carry loose materials down to the lowest point.

  • Letter: Remember when: In memory of W.B. Evans

    I grew up in the 1960s. There was the Midway Theater – 15 cents to get in and see a good cowboy movie. For 25 cents, you got a drink and box of popcorn.
    I had a paper route on New Village, the Charlotte News route. After my paper route, I would go to Perry’s Pharmacy and have a drink and read comic books. They did not care.
    I would go to the 5 and 10 on Midway, maybe to the
    café and get a hamburger for 50 cents.
    I only knew W.B. Evans for his stories, but I loved his articles and stories.
    God bless his family.

  • Column: Here’s how our system works: Vote or shut up

    The final phase of this political season has officially begun. I think we can all agree to a great big “amen” here.
    The presumptive candidates have been selected, and there are less than four months left for the candidates to dazzle us with their brilliant rhetoric, snide remarks, denials of culpability and other as yet unknown items that will surface before November and be thrown as broadsides against the opposition.

  • Column: County Council: Confusion, lack of understanding or just unprepared?

    Which was it during the July 18 Lancaster County Council meeting? There was much discussion and some opposition to Councilman Jack Estridge’s motion to undo or rescind the approval of a June 13 motion to renew a motion that was never made.
    The June 13 actions were a clear violation of the council’s rules of parliamentary procedures.
    Estridge’s motion itself was really quite simple – “a motion to rescind (cancel) the approval of a motion to renew an ordinance or, if you prefer, to renew a motion.” That was it.

  • Column: Let’s Talk About It

    Yes, let’s talk. Not only to ourselves, not only to people who look like us, not only to people who go to church with us, not only to our friends and family, but also to our community members, clergy and law enforcement officers.  
    In order to start to heal from the tragedies that have occurred throughout our country, we must have an open and honest dialogue with folks who do not look like us. We need to understand why we do not trust each other. We need to understand we all hurt when our loved ones are killed.

  • Column: We must talk about the turmoil to heal it

    Editor’s note: This column ran in USA Today on Thursday.

    Our American family is experiencing turmoil we have not seen in a generation.
    Two weeks ago, a tragedy in Dallas, where five police officers were killed and seven more wounded, closed a disturbing week that began with the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castille. Then, early this past Sunday, three Baton Rouge police officers were ambushed and killed.

  • Column: Interest rates this low kill the incentive to save, invest

    In 2014, Janet Yellen was named chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, succeeding Ben Bernanke.
    Under Bernanke the Fed failed to exhibit the leadership necessary to maintain the independence Congress intended. Instead, the board became a partner to the White House, correlating the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve with the administration’s fiscal policies.
    The result has been a disastrous federal debt of over $19 trillion and monetary policies that will ultimately lead to inflation pressures or worse when we finally deal with it.