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Today's Opinions

  • Column: S.C. lawmakers improve some FOIA provisions

    It’s been a long time coming, but citizens of South Carolina will soon have faster and cheaper access to public documents.
    For seven years, the legislature has for one reason or another not passed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) reform bill. They did so on the last day of the session this year, and it offers some real improvements in our state’s open-government law.

  • Column: Confederate flag means death and destruction

    I am writing in response Sunday’s column by Athena Redmond, headlined “I’m no fan of the Confederate flag, but I offer this narrow defense of it.”
    One thing about the Confederate flag – you are either for it or against it. You can’t be both. Don’t be a fence swinger. Either be on the left or the right side of anything, but not in the middle.

  • Letter: Governor is right on gun bill

    In his Sunday guest column, Phil Nobel characterized Gov. Henry McMaster’s first 100 days in office as a failure. Among the reasons he gave was that the governor supports legislation that would allow South Carolinians to carry guns without first obtaining a permit to do so.
    It is obvious from the words “God given” and “unalienable” that the founding fathers viewed certain behaviors as fundamental rights, not privileges granted by the government. One of these is the right to keep and bear arms.

  • Column: I’m no fan of the Confederate flag, but I offer this narrow defense of it

    An article in Friday’s paper detailed a minor controversy this week in Lancaster.
    The county removed two small Confederate battle flags from a wreath laid at the Confederate Soldiers’ Monument in front of the historic courthouse. And the people who put the wreath there in honor of Confederate Memorial Day were unhappy about that.

  • Column: Let’s assess governor’s 1st 100 days

    May 4 marked Gov. Henry McMaster’s 100th day in office. Since there was such a flurry of reporting about President Trump’s first 100 days, it seems appropriate to look at what McMaster has achieved in his first 100 days.
    Below is a simple recounting of the facts as reported by the state’s media. I then offer my opinion, and I leave it to you to decide for yourself if McMaster, so far, has succeeded or failed.

  • Column: Small-town legislators are shaping S.C. agenda

    Editor’s note: Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27) and House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-65) represent parts of Lancaster County.

    I was watching the Vincent Sheheen Show last week – also known as the gas-tax conference committee, which he was chairing – when I recalled a conversation I recently had with Sen. Sheheen.

  • Letter: Writer asks for God’s help and intervention after tragic deaths

    My heart goes out to Jim Burgess and his family after the tragic death of his wife Coleen. Jim, I don’t know you personally, but God bless you and your family. It will be hard, but it will get better.
    Also, we need to pray for the families of the two young men who were killed recently. We have had too many gang-related deaths, young men in the prime of their lives.
    God, please intervene with your holy power and stop the murders of our young men, and let them grow up.

    Carl Miles Sr. 

  • Column: Trump’s nuts? So is every other politician, TV anchor, NFL star

    Dr. John Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist and former faculty member at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, says the psychiatric community has an ethical responsibility to warn America that Donald Trump has a dangerous mental illness.