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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Both parties have backed predators

    Sen. John Conyers is stepping down from office after living off the taxpayers’ dime for over 50 years. Now we will have to pay his pension, which probably makes my pension look like a tip.
    How about not only Congress, but their staff using taxpayers’ money to settle lawsuits against them? I never thought to ask for that at my union contract meetings.

  • Column: GOP support for Moore reveals party’s true character

    Over the past year, I have read letters and op-eds in this paper promoting the Republican Party.
    As we all know, the party dominates a large majority of statewide and local offices. In my opinion, many of our local politicians joined the party not as a statement of their ideology but as a means of easily being reelected to positions they had enjoyed as Democrats.
    The Republican Party has wrapped itself in the American flag, thumped Bibles and promoted itself as the party of family values.

  • Column: Rudest judge I’ve encountered gets maneuvered off the bench

    Something remarkable happened in S.C. legal and political circles this past Tuesday. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission.
    News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge Kristi Harrington in an anonymous survey. The surveys revealed that many lawyers who had appeared before this judge thought she was unqualified by temperament to serve. Those survey results were not the only speed bump in Judge Harrington’s path.

  • Homelessness is regular guys getting chance to restart lives

    I stand on the porch with six homeless men.
    They’re chatting, smoking cigarettes, picking on the youngest guy in the group about his rapping skills.
    And I’m taking it all in – writing notes, snapping photos, listening to their stories.
    Ten men are staying in a home on Trestle Lane, part of Lancaster’s old mill hill. They’re in a 90-day program organized by the nonprofit Citadel House, and they’re trying to get back on their feet.
    I’ve seen poor people before.

  • Column: S.C. lawmakers shouldn’t gripe about counties’ spending habits

    In a recent House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting, state lawmakers expressed great concern about the responsibility of county spending practices.
    Let’s be clear: County spending habits are technically no concern of the state, from a jurisdictional perspective. However, the law requires the General Assembly to set aside 4.5 percent of last year’s general fund revenue for the local government fund (LGF) to cover state mandates on counties and municipalities.

  • Letter: Sun City dweller is feeling gouged

    I read your Nov. 26 article with interest regarding Indian Land jobs and skyrocketing income.
    We purchased our home in Sun City 10½ years ago for cash after selling our home in Raintree (N.C.) after 24-plus years.
    In all these years, I have always felt gouged at the Water Department since two seniors (wife and myself) pay on average $60 per month for water. Our home in Charlotte was almost twice the size, three children still lived with us then and the water was about half the cost.

  • Column: Tributes to an S.C. pioneer, Chief Justice Ernest Finney

    Ernest Finney, former chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, died Sunday at his home in Columbia. He was 86.
    Finney, a Virginia native, was a hero in the state’s judicial community, a well-known legislator and accomplished civil-rights attorney. He broke racial barriers throughout his life, becoming a Supreme Court justice in 1985 and chief justice in 1994, the first African-American to hold those positions since Reconstruction.

  • Column: Government isn’t meant to tax away income inequality

    In his Friday opinion column, Bobby Collins made an impassioned argument concerning income inequality, a common Democratic talking point.
    The Declaration of Independence asserts that certain rights are unalienable, and “that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution asserts that you will be happy or that you will achieve your desires.