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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Sen. Scott marks 9/11 anniversary

    Fifteen years ago, the course of America was changed forever. So many of us remember exactly what we were doing, and exactly where we were.
    We hung on every word on the news, every image we saw, and we prayed and hoped that it was just a terrible nightmare.
    Nearly 3,000 Americans perished on 9/11. Thousands mourned the loss of a loved one who would never return home, and we were all in shock and disbelief at the tragic loss of life.
    We cannot change history, but we can keep each of their memories alive every day.

  • Letter: S.C. corruption: This is news?

    It took a half page for Phil Noble to tell us the South Carolina state government is corrupt. What a shock! Next he’ll be telling me the federal government is corrupt too (but only if the Republicans are in charge). This is news?
    Then Mr. Noble tells us, South Carolinians, that we have a plantation mentality. My God! If a conservative said that, he’d be ostracized into the deep woods to live his life in shame as a bigoted racist. Besides that, where did that garbage come from…psychology 101?

  • Column: Can-kicking on S.C.’s 3 biggest problems

    The true test of political leadership is making the hard, long-term and right decision instead of the easy, short term and wrong decision.
    Said differently, do our political leaders genuinely work to solve problems or do they just kick the can down the road?
    Unfortunately for our state, kicking the can down the road has been the unofficial sport of the State House crowd for nearly a generation. Can-kicking results from politicians who refuse to look down the road farther than the next election. For too many, making tough decisions is just not in their nature.

  • They’re spending our money on what? Part 1

    Most taxpayers would agree that it’s OK for the governor or other top officials to use state-owned aircraft for high-priority trips. Yet records reveal that South Carolina’s state planes are routinely used by mid-level state personnel and legislators for arguably  non-essential purposes.
    The S.C. Aeronautics Commission posts monthly flight logs and bimonthly flight manifests that list not only who has been using the state aircraft, but where they went, the purpose of their flight, and the total cost, in addition to general flight information.

  • They’re spending our money on what? Part 1

    Most taxpayers would agree that it’s OK for the governor or other top officials to use state-owned aircraft for high-priority trips. Yet records reveal that South Carolina’s state planes are routinely used by mid-level state personnel and legislators for arguably  non-essential purposes.
    The S.C. Aeronautics Commission posts monthly flight logs and bimonthly flight manifests that list not only who has been using the state aircraft, but where they went, the purpose of their flight, and the total cost, in addition to general flight information.

  • They’re spending our money on what? Part 2

    In a review of state agency expenses, The Nerve found that in fiscal 2015-16 the state spent more than $989,000 on catering and meals.
    This total does not include charges from the S.C. Public Service Authority, the S.C. Education Lottery Commission, the S.C. Jobs-Economic Development Authority, and state-supported colleges and universities. The spending at these agencies is not covered by the Comptroller General’s website.

  • Letter: Let’s unite behind our law officers

    My heart goes out to our sheriff’s office and the city police department.
    These guys need our prayers. They have a dangerous job.
    I used to call them and pray for them on the phone, but the guy who crippled me threw my phone and broke it.
    Sheriff Barry Faile and Police Chief Harlean Carter do a wonderful job. I ask the county and city to unite in prayer for all of these officers.
    I love you guys, and may God protect and bless you all.

    Carl Miles
    Lancaster

  • Column: Do we really need checklist for potty visits at preschool?

    My husband owns a small business, and from time to time I’ve heard him say, “You can’t take a pee anymore without a government permission slip.”
    Please excuse the slight vulgarity. I bring it up because, in my line of work, it’s almost literally true.