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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Habitat seeking materials for Promise Neighborhood project

    Our local Habitat for Humanity chapter needs your help for a project that our Critical Home Repair Team has taken on in the Promise Neighborhood area.
    David Cox, construction coordinator for the Promise Neighborhood effort, contacted us about Peggy Martin’s home on Cunningham Street, which was badly in need of a new roof. Our repair team did some eave and soffit repairs, and A+ Masonry, one of our partners, removed an unused chimney. And H&S Roofing of Charlotte donated materials and labor for the new roof.

  • A long, scary, life-and-death saga unfolds

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    The bench outside the Lancaster County Courthouse lets me see who’s coming in and going out.
    It’s a summer afternoon in August 2016 and I wait – impatiently.
    There’s a private hearing going on inside that I can’t legally witness.
    I finally see who I’m looking for after a 30-minute wait.
    I recognize her big, blonde hair from an online photo.

  • Column: Why can’t the governor pick his advisers?

    As it turns out, the now-suspended V.C. Summer project isn’t the only nuclear concern in South Carolina.
    The Governor’s Nuclear Advisory Council (NAC) met Oct. 11 to discuss the troubles facing a poorly managed plutonium fuel construction operation at the Savannah River Site. In the aftermath of the V.C. Summer project, this nuclear operation and the council tasked with overseeing it have mostly existed in the background, overlooked by many.
    Exactly who sits on this council, and what do they do?

  • Column: Another president who hated news media – no, not Nixon

    President Trump has made it clear that he doesn’t like the media by making threats and insulting both media outlets and individual journalists, ruminating about reforming libel law, and complaining about coverage of himself and his administration.

  • Column: Blackmon ignores No. 1 issue – ethics

    “Blackmon seeks $6,750 in back pay,” your Oct. 11 front page announced.
    After reading the article, and recollecting information from your previous articles about this election, I’ve come to my own conclusion.
    Linda Blackmon did not hold office for the preceding nine months because of Jackie Harris’ objection to the means by which the votes were cast. The disparity in the numbers of absentee votes for each candidate, and the way they were obtained, leaves me with some doubt about their authenticity.

  • Column: GOP must do tax overhaul, repeal/replace, or ‘we’re dead’

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham has raised his profile in the past few months, co-authoring a major health-care proposal and most recently championing cooperation between the White House and GOP leaders in Congress to enact key parts of President Trump’s agenda. Here are excerpts from his Sunday appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

    John Dickerson: Senator, let’s start with Iran. Are there enough votes in Congress to get this amendment to the Iran deal?

  • Letter: No work, no pay for Ms. Blackmon

    I am writing because of Ms. Linda Blackmon requesting $6,750 in back pay.
    The only way you can get back pay is that you worked. Well, excuse me, but she didn’t work during that time. So no work, no pay.
    There is a problem somewhere when our so-called elected officials are able to vote to give themselves this back pay.

  • Letter: Metal-plate hazard on Harrisburg Rd.

    I currently work for the PCI Group on Harrisburg Road. I tell you this to inform you that I travel this road at regular intervals.
    For the last month, a steel plate has been sitting on Harrisburg. Not beside the road. Oh no. This plate stretches across Harrisburg from white line to white line. This is used to cover up a ditch that has been dug.