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Today's Opinions

  • Column: S.C. exempts more sales tax than it collects

    In the most recent year for which data is available, a review by The Nerve has found, S.C. state government collected $2.4 billion in sales tax revenue – but exempted a full $3 billion.
    That’s the opposite of what one would expect to find. In most forms of taxes, only a few items are exempt, and in a typical year a typical state would take in far more than it would exempt. It’s a simple matter of government needing revenue: Lawmakers are reluctant to dole out too many exemptions since that means less revenue.

  • Letter: We should abolish legislative ‘tenure’

    Jaime Harrison’s Sept. 7 column about the passing of S.C. Sen. John Drummond misses one vital point that I will declare here.
    First, my condolences to his family, and this is not a derogatory letter about the man, for I knew him not. But it is about the actions of our state and federal lawmakers who believe in making a lifetime out of public office.

  • Letter: Take away NCAA’s tax-exempt status

    In recent light of the stunning hypocrisy of the NCAA with their decision to pull championship events from North Carolina, it is time for elected officials both in-state and at the federal level to reexamine the tax-exempt status of the NCAA.

  • Column: Trump has no requisite experience

    One important reason that Donald Trump is not qualified to hold the office of president of the United States is his lack of experience.
    All 38 men who were elected to the position, as well as the five who were promoted due to the death or resignation of the serving president, had previously held high-ranking public service positions in either the government or military.

  • Column: Leftist elites have created a delusional democracy

    Dr. Steve Stewart had a great opinion piece in the Phil Nobel Gazette (TLN) last week.
    Dr. Stewart speaks the truth. The change will not come from our leaders, but from the people. The only true option is to return to the Judeo-Christian foundation of our Founding Fathers.
    I do not believe that a great revival will happen, because the Bible does not prophesy a revival. America has entered the post-Christian age.

  • Letter: ‘Garbage’ comment not intended to slur good name of psychology

    In reference to Dianne T. Evans’ column that took exception to my saying, “Where did that garbage come from… psychology 101?” about a Phil Noble article, I reply with this.
    It is an understood saying that means the person doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is trying to use psychology, even though he’s either a novice or has no experience in the field at all. It meant Mr. Noble was trying to sound intelligent in the art of psychology, but had little knowledge of it.

  • Column: Troubled agency? Give it to the governor

    In South Carolina, many state agencies that carry out executive functions are nonetheless run by boards appointed by the legislature and the governor. Typically when one of these agencies has major problems, legislative leaders propose making the agency a “cabinet” agency.

  • Column: S.C. visitor analyzes why we’re wary of outsiders, government

    Scottish poet Robert Burns once wrote, “To see ourselves as others see us! It would from many a blunder free us.”
    Here’s a letter I received from a reader in 
Somerville, Mass. He asked me not to use his name.
    Dear Mr. Noble: