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Today's Opinions

  • Our View: We owe it to our children to ok bond

    Vote “yes” on the $199 million school bond referendum Tuesday, March 22. It will benefit every school in the district and will cost less in immediate tax increases than Band-Aid solutions, like mobile classrooms.

    Lancaster County voters have an important decision to make Tuesday, March 22, when they vote on the school bond referendum.

  • Column: We must never stop push for transparent government

    Transparency.
    I use this word every time I am in a meeting with an S.C. lawmaker here in Columbia. I can’t avoid it.
    When I’m lobbying on behalf of the S.C. Press Association, these legislators will nod their heads when I mention that transparency is vital to democracy.

  • Letter: Trump enunciates what we mutter

    Donald Trump doesn’t need any help from me to defend himself. But some of the stuff that’s being tossed at him by those old-line imbedded politicians is getting under my usually thick skin.
    I think they’re just worried about the possibility that they may have to return to their roots and scrape around for a living like the rest of us.

  • Column: 5 great ideas to make S.C. a better place

    One of the most interesting things about writing this column is all the feedback I get from folks. I especially like the good ideas to improve our state that people send me.
    Here are five of those ideas – in no particular order – that could make South Carolina a better place.
    ◆ Lifelong scholarships for college athletes – Most every college and university in the state gives athletic scholarships. For many of these student athletes, dreams of professional success propel them every day and not dreams of good grades or graduating on time.

  • Column: America’s foundation of morals has eroded

    Foundation integrity is essential for the strength and stability of whatever is built upon it. A building might appear to be sound structurally, but if the foundation is faulty, the building will eventually deteriorate.
    The United States was built on a foundation of Christian principles. Alexis de Tocqueville, the 19th century French statesman and philosopher, traveled to America in the 1830s and observed:
    “Religion in America…must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country….

  • Letter: U.S. must produce more medical staff

    We need a big suggestion box in Washington where the citizens could offer ideas for improvement. Us Americans used to depend on congressmen to do the thinking for us, but boy did we get that wrong.
    Isn’t health care among the biggest and most costly item to us and the government? I guess we need to nudge the Russians to come up with a better health care program. We just about did flips when they bested us in the space race. America was so embarrassed we just ran full speed ahead and got to the moon first.

  • Column: Sweep out Congress, end political careers focused on reelection

    We are destroying ourselves. As long as we stay as divided as we are and only think about our partys’ political agendas, we will stay weak and vulnerable.
    To those of you that say, “I’m not like that,” I say you are fooling yourself.
    We must be Americans first, not political parties. Where did we lose ourselves and become so split that we can’t even have a civil dialogue between Republicans and Democrats? When did we develop this “us or them” mentality? And why?

  • Column: Gun-control arguments should stick to the facts

    At Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Mich., Hillary Clinton played fast and loose with the facts.
    “Giving immunity to gunmakers and sellers was a terrible mistake,“  she said. “No other industry in America has absolute immunity.”
    The firearms industry, of which Hillary is not a fan, does not have absolute immunity. However, the vaccine industry, of which she is a fan, does have absolute immunity.