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Today's Opinions

  • Column: We just can’t seem to avoid S.C. cronyism

    The state’s Judicial Merit Selection Committee screens and nominates judicial candidates. Its members are picked by the House speaker and the Senate president pro tem. State law requires that four of the 10 members be “selected from the general public,” while the other six must be sitting legislators.
    That takes us to former Sen. Wes Hayes of Rock Hill. It’s not our intent to denigrate him in any way – for all we know, he may be an ideal JMSC member. But there are two things wrong with his recent appointment.

  • Letter: GOP should protect Trump when Democrats attack him

    Democrats are in a near electoral collapse across the country.
    Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House. They have control of 33 governorships and 69 out of 99 state legislative chambers. (Nebraska has only one.) In the past eight years, Democrats have lost almost 1,000 elective seats nationally.

  • Column: A cure in a pouch packs a punch

    Editor’s note: Kershaw resident Wilma Faile enthralled us last year with tales of the skunk army in her crawlspace. To our delight, Wilma is back.

    A few weeks ago, I got out of bed and my mouth felt funny. I looked into the mirror. I was cotton-mouthed.
    My tongue was coated. I used everything – salt water, mouthwash, cleaned with a toothbrush. Next day, I had blisters on it.

  • Column: Trump right to abandon Paris accord

    I am frustrated after reading Phil Noble’s June 11 column, which criticized President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris “climate” accord.
    Based on what he wrote, I suspect that Mr. Noble has not read and does not understand the agreement.
    It is not a climate treaty or an environmental treaty. It is an economic treaty. And it would be a disaster for America. The agreement helps the economies of all other nations at the expense of the U.S. economy.  
    Consider the following:

  • Letter: President sides with his voters, and that’s a good thing

    The world and social media are on fire because President Trump stopped our participation in the Paris climate pact. Who would have thought an American president would have actually sided with the people who elected him?
    He stood for us and not some globalist big shot or Hollywood star or the news media or even big business moguls who were set to make money at the people’s expense of lost jobs.

  • Column: Stop yelling ‘fire’ in the political theater

    A man tried to kill Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity baseball game, but thanks to the quick action of Capitol Hill police, a slaughter was averted.
    It appears that the shooter asked who was practicing, Democrats or Republicans, and when he was told Republicans, he began his rampage.
    Before I say more, let me state that I do not blame a particular party for this event. But I do think there are some behaviors that are indirectly and partially at fault.

  • Letter: Norman understands government’s purpose

    I am a resident of the 5th Congressional District and work at Nutramax Laboratories in Lancaster. I am proud to be an American. I love God, my family and this country. I am a Christ-follower, which guides every aspect of my life including serving others, especially in our own community.

  • Letter: Several reasons to vote for Archie Parnell

    Republican Ralph Norman and Democrat Archie Parnell are running for Mick Mulvaney’s vacated 5th District congressional seat.
    Special elections for Congress in Kansas, Montana and Georgia have gotten much national attention, but the S.C. race has not. Why? Because the 5th District is considered “safe” by the Republicans, and the Democrats see it as unwinnable.