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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Norman’s affinity for Trump good reason to back Parnell for House

    On June 20, the citizens of South Carolina¹s 5th Congressional District have an opportunity to send a message to the country.
    Are the people of this district content to sit silently by and watch a president embarrass himself and the nation, undermine our most important alliances, level unsupported charges against a former president, make baseless claims of voter fraud, and continually tell lies to the press and the public?

  • Letter: Norman voted against homeowners on HOA board

    Does your housing development have a homeowner’s association?  If so, read this.
    U.S. House District 5 candidate Ralph Norman is a real estate developer and politician. In the S.C. House, he opposed all bills that would allow residents on HOA boards during building. He said that you had to wait until the last house was sold.
    That might result in homeowners not understanding community problems and/or expenses until after the developer leaves.That seems unfair.

    Marvin Reed
    Indian Land

  • Letter: Parnell ‘truly qualified candidate’

    We are fortunate in the 5th District of South Carolina to have the opportunity to send a truly qualified candidate to Washington to represent us.  
    Democrat Archie Parnell was born and raised in South Carolina, and received his law degree from USC. He cares what happens to the people of our state. He is an accomplished attorney who served in the Justice Department in Washington before working for many years in business, consulting on tax compliance issues with large, international companies.

  • Column: McMaster, Trump and saving the planet (and state)

    On Saturday morning, June 3, the newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up, I saw the headline, “McMaster backs Trump’s exit from climate accord.”
    Instantly, I remembered the words from a radio interview the day before with English businessman Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines and Records et. al) about President Donald Trump’s action. He said, “When the leaders won’t lead, the people will have to just get on with saving the planet; we have no choice.”

  • Column: Study shows why state’s pension fund is so troubled

    Legislators finalized a budget deal this week that was thought to have patched up the underfunded public employees’ pension plan. While it goes some way to addressing funding, it doesn’t do much to address the fund’s investing and spending.

  • Column: Why I’m not voting for Ralph Norman

    Hm! U.S. House District 5 Republican candidate Ralph Norman is endorsed by the Koch brothers’ Club for Growth super PAC. He voted against relief aid to South Carolina farmers who had major crop damage during the 2015 floods and against an infrastructure bill that would improve South Carolina roads and transportation.
    And the police officers – are you kidding me? He voted against workers’ compensation if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Column: To leapfrog progress for S.C., focus on innovation/digital

    For hundreds of years, we in Western society have thought about things with a linear and incremental mindset. Progress – in society, commerce, science, engineering, etc. – was believed to be something that happens sequentially, usually slowly, with one step leading to another. This mindset is embedded in how we think about things and express ourselves – “steady as she goes… one step at a time… the tortoise wins the race.”

  • Letter: Disappointed with coverage of incorporation forum

    I had the pleasure to attend the “town” meeting regarding the incorporation of Indian Land at Transformation Church a couple of weeks ago.
    I was pleased to see your headline indicating that your reporter had attended the meeting.
    However, I was displeased to see that the coverage was of poor quality and did not take the opportunity to provide the public with the information that was so well presented by the committee representing those persons who support the incorporation of Indian Land.