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Today's Opinions

  • Column: All retailers must play on level sales-tax field

    A sale is a sale, no matter where it takes place. Whether at a brick-and-mortar store or an online retailer, any sale should be subject to the same rules.
    Ever since Amazon.com opened its Lexington County distribution center and negotiated a sales tax exemption in 2011, the online retail giant has had a government-sanctioned advantage over South Carolina’s brick-and-mortar retailers. This four-year advantage expired on December 31, 2015, and the S.C. Retail Association and its member companies celebrate a level playing field.

  • Column: How to plug ‘Charleston Loophole’

    Back in the late 1990s, my company developed the first Internet strategy for the Ministry of Health in Australia. In all honesty, we really didn’t know much about what we were doing, but I learned one thing: with technology, the right incentives and political leadership, big changes are possible.
    Here’s the story. In the early 1990s, I met a young member of the Australian Parliament named Michael Wooldridge. He was a brain surgeon who gave it up for politics. He quickly rose through the ranks and became minister of health.

  • Letter: The whole world has gone nuts!

    Bruce Jenner, a man, is “woman of the year.” Transgender. We have Rachel Dolezal, a white woman, who identifies herself as black. Transracial.
    Then there is Jewel Shuping, who blinded herself so she could be in tune with her body. Transabled. Then there’s Gary Matthews, aka “Boomer,” who believes he’s a dog. Trans-species.

  • Letter: Thanks for donating to holiday campaign

    I am truly grateful to the community for generously supporting the abused and neglected children and adults served through the Lancaster County Department of Social Services.
    Because of your endless efforts, the Lancaster County Outreach Project Annual Holiday Giving Campaign and FALLing into Winter: Coat Drive were both a complete success. Generous contributions have given our clients not only material items but also the gift of kindness.

  • Column: County auditor bids farewell

    I would like to inform you that I do not plan to seek reelection this year. I have been blessed to have served our county for over 36 years, with 28 of those serving as your county auditor. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.
    When first elected in 1988, I pledged to serve you to the best of my ability, and I feel that I have fulfilled my promise. I have tried my best to represent you across the state in a respectful manner.

  • Column: Red Cross helps its neighbors across S.C.

    We’ve never been more proud to be a part of the American Red Cross. We’ve been through so much in South Carolina this year, and when our neighbors needed care and comfort, the American Red Cross was there.
    None of us will ever forget the severe storms and relentless torrential rains that led to historic levels of flooding in October. Many South Carolinians were forced to leave their homes to seek safe shelters, while others were being rescued from floodwaters.

  • Letter: Wilma Faile's skunks, Round 2

    Thank you for putting my letter in the paper. I’ve had so many calls, and everywhere we go someone talks to us about it, and they have asked if we have seen any more.
    So, this is my reply.
    The week of Christmas, the house was decorated and I was baking and making candy for church and friends. No smell of skunks.

  • Letter: Thank law officers for their sacrifices

    Every day, thousands of South Carolina law enforcement officers go to work to serve and protect the citizens of our great state. We are so accustomed to having them on duty in our communities that sometimes we neglect to adequately thank them.
    In 2015, three S.C. officers made the ultimate sacrifice and died in the line of duty. The number of S.C. law officers killed on duty stands at approximately 335.