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Today's Opinions

  • U-turn on McClancy troubling

    Editor’s note: On Nov. 9, Lancaster County Council voted 4-3 to deny a rezoning request by McClancy Seasoning for a 21-acre tract in Indian Land.  More than 100 of McClancy’s neighbors had protested the rezoning, saying it would devalue their homes. On Nov. 23, the council voted to reconsider that decision, sending the proposal to the planning commission for more study.

    As a citizen of Lancaster County and Indian Land, I am troubled by the Lancaster County Council’s Nov. 23 decision to reconsider the McClancy rezoning issue.

  • Letter: Helping children deal with death

    My son died three years ago at age 25. Our family has many small children, and one of the things I did at the visitation was to place a step stool in front of the casket, so they could see my son – their uncle and cousin.
    They all crowded around and touched and kissed him while I answered their questions: Why doesn’t he move? Why he is he cold? Why can’t he speak? It helped that I had taught preschool before becoming a funeral director.

  • 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.