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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Alarming hike in fire fatalities this year in S.C.

    Tragically, in the first three months of this year, South Carolina has lost 40 citizens to fire-related incidents. This nearly doubles the five-year average of 22 fire fatalities during the same three-month period.
    As the newly appointed state fire marshal, my first priority is identifying the contributing factors leading to these deaths and utilizing the resources of South Carolina to keep this number from continuing to rise. We cannot bring back the lives lost, but through state, local, private, and public partnerships we can do a lot to prevent future loss.

  • Column: Wealthier, more connected counties get big road projects

    Billions of dollars flow through South Carolina every year – to contractors and others – for roads and other infrastructure projects.
    The money comes from three pots, essentially: funds sent from the General Assembly through the state Department of Transportation; federal dollars channeled through SCDOT; and money, usually borrowed, spent by the state Transportation Infrastructure Bank, or STIB.

  • Letter: What’s the real cost of incorporating IL?

    I was disappointed to see that the Indian Land incorporation petition has been certified. I recognize that we still have to vote to pass this, but I don’t feel confident the voters have thought this through.
    I want to caution the Indian Land residents who are in favor of becoming an incorporated town to get all of the facts and figures and determine how this will affect you in the long term.

  • Letter: Our elected leaders are hurting America

    What is this country coming to?
    If Meals on Wheels and the lunch program at school are cut, the elderly and children are going to suffer. This is wrong.
    The big wheels in Washington will still get plenty to eat. But our elderly and kids, this may be the only good meal they get.
    Medicaid and Social Security will be next, and food stamps too. Our food pantries will be denied funding. That will be the end for a lot of people.

  • Column: Why a tax hike for roads won’t fix the state’s roads

    We’re hearing a lot of scary claims from the S.C. Department of Transportation and from legislative leaders: we have the highest rate of road fatalities in the nation, it will take billions to climb out of the hole our infrastructure system is stuck in, we have to pass some pretty significant tax hikes in order to truly address problems, and so on.
    What are they not telling us? A lot, actually.

  • Column: Both parties twist words, forsake truth

    I have a lot to say against Democrats. They are on the wrong side of any objective truth. They have their own truths that I reject.
    I also have a lot to say about Republicans. They have some of their own truths also. Republicans’ new motto seems to be “Vote for us because we are not as bad as they are.”
    There is no salvation in any political party. America is in a mess today, and it is getting messier each day.

  • Letter: Mom against allowing smokeable marijuana

    I am concerned as a mother and as a South Carolina citizen about the proposed bill in the S.C. Legislature to legalize smokeable marijuana.
    As written, the bill reflects that to date there isn’t any science to support the medical benefits of the smokeable version of marijuana, and Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has great concerns about policing the smokeable forms. Without science to support the benefits, why would the Legislature want to endanger the citizens of South Carolina by approving smokeable marijuana?

  • Letter: I support Connelly in 5th District race

    Last fall, President Trump spoke frequently on the campaign trail about the importance of security at home and abroad. As a former 31-year police officer, I know that if we do not have safety and law and order, none of the other things matter. The candidates for the 5th Congressional District must be asked to address security issues on the campaign trail, and the voters must choose the most qualified candidate.