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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Will S.C. force doctors to join advocacy group?

    Manufacturers such as Boeing are said to be drawn to South Carolina because it’s a right-to-work state, something state political leaders tout.
    It’s spelled out in state law: “The right of persons to work must not be denied or abridged because of membership or non-membership in a labor union or labor organization.”

  • Column: Friends of Del Webb Library seeks support

    Thank you to the Indian Land community from the Friends of the Del Webb Library for another wonderful year. Because of your support of the Friends, we were able to fulfill our mission to promote and support the literary, educational and community roles of the Del Webb Library.
    The Friends ended 2016 with 381 members. In addition, we partnered with 42 businesses in the Indian Land community. These businesses support the Friends by offering discounts on goods and services to Friends members or through monetary donations. These business partnerships are ongoing and growing.

  • Column: Come join ‘mission trip without a plane ticket’

    Editor’s note: This message is from the chairs of the Lancaster Promise Neighborhood Advisory Team – Bruce Brumfield, chief executive of Founders Federal Credit Union, Lancaster County Council member Charlene McGriff, and Dr. Paul McKenzie, research director for the Lancaster County School District.

    Every day the news carries another story of community strife, violence or discordant protest.  Likewise, we turn on the television and hold our collective breaths, waiting for another turn of bad events. 

  • Column: Tommy Pope cares about people, gets my vote for 5th District seat

    Billy Dale McCants, my son, was in a car wreck Nov. 12, 1988. I met the then-16th Circuit Solicitor Tommy Pope in 1995 for the trial of the two men that murdered my other son, Deputy James Brent McCants, killed in the line of duty Sept. 25, 1992.
    Tommy and his wife, Kim, are the best people I know. They really care for people. You become their friends, and they are yours.
    Tommy became speaker pro tem of the S.C. House in 2014. Now he is running for the 5th District congressional seat.

  • Column: Encouraging investments in poorest communities

    Restoring hope and opportunity is critical to lifting up our communities who feel like they have been left behind.
    We have people all across the country living paycheck to paycheck who are forced to make choices no family should, like whether they should pay for heat in the winter or purchase necessary medications. Our country has witnessed under-employment rates soar, high school graduation rates drop, and poverty numbers remain stagnant.

  • Letter: Affordable Care Act helped many people

    I am writing in response to Republican Sen. Tim Scott’s Jan. 27 guest column “Building a better health-care system.”
    The Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare by Republicans, is the best thing America has ever done. President Obama carried out what Edward Kennedy was trying to do for years and years.
    Look around, Mr. Tim Scott. Lots of people were able to get insured through the Affordable Care Act. It is the drug companies who went up on medicines and caused insurance companies to pull out.

  • Column: Meet GOP candidates at county party meeting

    While Election Day is behind us, there is still a lot going on in local and state politics.
    The upcoming meeting of the Lancaster County Republican Party puts you in the middle of it, giving you a chance to meet the candidates, live and in person. The February meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at Mike Williams Builders, located at 1351 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster. Here are some great reasons to attend our upcoming meeting.

    District 5 congressional candidates

  • Column: House members: Read resolutions before you vote

    Last week the S.C. House of Representatives adopted, with no objections, a resolution congratulating Gov. Henry McMaster on his ascension to the office – and encouraging him to expand Medicaid in South Carolina. This was unexpected, because the House, at least on paper, has been against expanding Medicaid.
    Clearly, no one other than the House member who introduced it and perhaps a few of the cosponsors had even glanced at the resolution.