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Today's Opinions

  • Yow column: S.C. House passes bill to fix roads

    On April 15, the S.C. House passed a bill, H. 3579, by an overwhelming vote of 87-20.
    It is designed to address the poor condition of our roads, which is arguably the most pressing problem our state as a whole faces. S.C. House members understand the seriousness of the problem and the House Ways and Means Committee members have worked overtime to create a bill that will, for the first time in decades, get us back on track.
    Care has been taken to reduce the income tax so that, for the average citizen, this will be a revenue-neutral event.

  • Thomas: Mom needs handicapped parking space for child

    I have a disabled child who uses a wheelchair.
    I have become quite frustrated here in our Indian Land community when I go to different stores, restaurants and public facilities. There are people parked in handicapped parking without the correct permit. It has become a problem. 
    I was at the Chick-fil-A night where the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office was raising money for the Special Olympics and asked a deputy about more patrols to correct this problem.

  • Wilt column: County budget has multiple problems

    The Lancaster County Council Administration Committee has completed its work on the 2016 county budget and intends to send the resulting document to the full council for consideration.
    This budget leaves core governmental services vulnerable in a number of areas as follows:

  • Faile letter: Here’s where your tax dollars are being spent

    On April 1, I was on my way to Pageland on Highway 601 at Charlesboro Cemetery.
    There was a guy on a tractor cleaning out ditches. On down the road, there was a guy sitting in the work truck asleep. I know because I woke him up. I blew the horn twice before he woke up.
    Now you see what kind of job the state does. Your tax dollars misused.
    Bub Faile
    Kershaw

     

  • McCants: Thank you to hospital’s physical therapists

    I want to thank Springs Memorial Hospital for helping me, Myra McCants, with my physical therapy for arthritis in my neck.
    I went to outpatient off Plantation Road. I saw Rose, Kim and met Mitch, who was my physical therapist. Rose and Kim work in the office. I had met them when Dale, my son, went to them years ago. I’m so happy I called them for my therapy. They are the best – friendly and they know how to get that awful pain to go away.

  • Good column: Utility CEOs focus on climate change at electricity summit

    As one of the world’s most significant concerns, climate change was a major topic when utility CEOs gathered at last week’s International Electricity Summit in Japan.   
    I was honored to represent the United States and Duke Energy at the summit. We acknowledged that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to address climate change. Each country comes at this issue based on its own unique circumstances that reflect its natural resources, economic profile, market structure and political dynamics.

  • Matthews column: Republican candidates flip-flop on ethanol

    If the presidential election process didn’t begin in Iowa, ethanol would likely be a memory.
    But because the election process begins in Iowa, where nearly half of the corn grown is converted to ethanol, most Republican candidates, who make a career of denouncing crony capitalism, have come to embrace the ethanol mandate, even as they decry Obamacare for forcing Americans to have health insurance.

  • Henderson letter: Make sustainable eating your goal this Earth Day

    Just in time for the 45th anniversary of Earth Day today, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has made it official: U.S. consumption of animal products is not environmentally sustainable at current levels.  
    Their conclusion matches those of a comprehensive 2010 United Nations finding that a global shift towards a vegan diet is vital to save the world from hunger, fuel poverty and climate change.