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Today's Opinions

  • Column: S.C. should try Oregon’s Vote By Mail

    Oregon’s Vote By Mail system offers a model that for South Carolina would save millions of dollars to buy new voting machines, avoid long lines for voting, and ensure the security of election results.
    It is used for all elections: federal, state and local, whether primary, general or special, and has been in operation for roughly 25 years. One result is increased voter participation by working parents and senior citizens. The system makes voter fraud virtually impossible, and research has shown that the system favors neither party.

  • Column: America flirts with its own destruction

    How does a great and powerful civilization die?
    What happened to the Roman Empire or Spanish Empire? They were not beaten by enemies outside their borders.
    In 1969 I was in the Navy when America landed men on the moon. We were very excited for America and its great  accomplishment. What would be our next step? Colonies on the moon and travel to Mars?

  • Letter: Take Noble up on his gun ideas

    I avoid arguing about guns because the exchanges usually generate a lot of heat and little light. But I feel compelled to respond to Phil Noble’s column this past Sunday.
    I am in my mid-70s, married, with an adult daughter. I retired to South Carolina four years ago after 40 years as a forensic psychologist. I have never raised my hand to another human being in my adult life.

  • Letter: Sharing Christmas with family is always the best gift of all

    At Christmas dinner, our granddaughter’s fiancé asked everyone around the table to tell him what our favorite Christmas present had been. When my turn came, I said something like, “I can’t say. Maybe I haven’t had it yet.”

  • Column: Keep S.C. schools safe; Guns for all

    The coming year could go down as historic in South Carolina – the year we finally get serious about having a safe state, protecting our citizens and ensuring our liberties.
    And if we do, much of the credit will go to Rep. Steven Long, R- Boiling Springs, and Rep. Russell Fry, R-Myrtle Beach. They have introduced legislation to allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry their gun in K-12 schools and on college campuses. These men are true patriots.

  • Column: I hope to be a better neighbor in 2017

    Native Africans who speak the Bantu language have the right idea. One of their most popular proverbs is “A good deed makes for a good neighbor.”
    So does a good pie.
    On Dec. 22, while at home nursing a just-removed ingrown toenail, I combined those two notions by baking four sweet potato pies as Christmas gifts for our closest neighbors. The gesture indeed resulted in multiple smiles.

  • Column: The Hope of Christmas

    Chapter 2 of Luke records many details surrounding Jesus’ birth. It shows that Joseph took Mary on a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem to obey a decree of the Roman emperor Caesar Augustus. When they arrived, they found the inn so full that their only accommodation was in an area reserved for the travelers’ animals. 

  • Column: Another example of how legislature hangs onto power

    It’s the week before Christmas and the last thing on anyone’s mind is a state board whose acronym sounds like something an over-the-counter pill wouldn’t fix. But the STIB, which met a few days ago, should have made headlines.
    The State Transportation Infrastructure Bank’s mission is “to focus greater attention on larger transportation projects, and thereby allow (the state Department of Transportation) to devote resources to other important transportation projects.”