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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Enough with the political theater!

    Political theater – that is all we have in Washington these days.
    A number of Democrats have begun raising the possibility of removing President Trump from office for mental incapacity.
    Among these members of Congress is a Georgia representative who once asked in a House hearing if the military was worried that putting too many soldiers on a Pacific island might cause it to tip over and capsize.
    Another holds rallies chanting “Impeach 45,” citing no legal reason.

  • Column: I-73: One giant step forward, same old error

    When it comes to spending and infrastructure, one of South Carolina’s great white whales rose from the deep with news in late June that the Army Corps of Engineers approved a permit to begin work on the South Carolina leg of Interstate 73. Ultimately, the highway could take motorists from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula straight down to Myrtle Beach.

    The permit covers the whole state length, slicing across its northeastern corner, starting near Bennettsville. Construction could begin within two years, supporters say, on a project first contemplated in 1982.

  • Column: DOT Commission: Go. Just go.

    As of July 1, Gov. Henry McMaster has the power to fire any or all of the Department of Transportation’s commissioners. It was a DOT-reform element in the gas-tax bill that was passed this year.
    The commission has been responsible all along for the condition of the roads. Ultimately, it decides what to fix and when, how to do it, and how to spend money allocated by the General Assembly.
    While the gas-tax bill didn’t fix everything, it did give us clearer lines of accountability – if we will use them.

  • Column: S.C. needs to stand up for women

    It has always been a source of great bewilderment to me the huge hypocritical gulf between how we as Southern men talk about women – and how we treat them.
    Our historic culture is that we put women on a pedestal, we dress them in hoop skirts, we praise the Scarlet O’Hara strong-women types, are chivalrous defenders of the virtues of Southern womanhood, always looking to help a fair damsel in distress – and on and on.

  • Letter: English should be official language

    I have to applaud Bruce Miller on his recent article regarding assimilation and learning English for immigrants coming to America.
    I was born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania, where my father, grandfathers and many uncles worked in the anthracite coal mines. Their co-workers came from Central and Eastern Europe and spoke the native tongues of their respective countries. However, to work in the dangerous mines, they had to learn English to understand their assignments and directions, as well as for their safety and the safety of their co-workers.

  • Column: GOP finally can repeal Obamacare, but it balks

    The news these days is like a rehash of the Obamacare debates, with the two parties simply changing jerseys.
    After the passage of Obamacare, we discovered that it had a dozen new taxes and was not affordable. It was a redistribution of wealth disguised as an act of compassion. It gave us lies on top of lies, and even as it collapses there are many who say it is working.

  • Letter: Candidate David Kulma needed to get his Medicare facts straight

    In his comments about health care at the NAACP forum (reported before the congressional election), Green Party candidate David Kulma said “that he was a big advocate for ‘Medicare For All’ universal health care.”
    He said that means “we would all get a Medicare card and this means you wouldn’t pay any premiums, you wouldn’t pay co-pays, you wouldn’t pay doctors. Your health care would be covered with medically necessary things. So dental, emergency services, most of the things you could think would be covered.”

  • Letter: Stay off Twitter, act like president

    I am writing in response to Charles A. Bundy’s column in last Friday’s paper, headlined “Negativism, resistance to president must end so we can solve problems.”
    President Trump is the main one who keeps putting fuel to the fire. He needs to stay off Twitter and act like the president of the United States of America.
    When President Obama was in office, he took a lot of negative comments from Republicans and from Mr. Trump. The difference is that President Obama took it like a true president and worked for the good of all men.