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Today's Opinions

  • Column: State’s schools rank dead last, and no one is held accountable

    Some will think this is too strong. I don’t. Just read on and make up your own mind.
    Recently, U.S. News and World Report released a study of the 50 states based on 68 different metrics in seven categories: health care, education, infrastructure, crime/corrections, opportunity, economy and government. For the full report, Google: U.S. News and World Report Best States.

  • Status report: House OKs 3 big pieces of legislation

    Some say politicians never get anything done. Whoever said that missed recent events in the State House, where in just three days, the S.C. House tackled three major issues facing our state: Reforming highway funding and the S.C. Department of Transportation, fixing the state employees’ pension system, and modernizing state-issued identification cards to meet higher Homeland Security standards.

    Road repairs

  • Column: Democrats working to invalidate election

    Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama gave Vladimir Putin a “reset button.” That did a lot of good.
    Putin invaded Crimea, a Ukrainian territory, and then annexed it. Putin sent military help to Syria to squash an uprising against a dictator – President Bashar al-Assad. Then Russia helped Assad kill thousands of Syrians, some with chemical weapons.
    What was President Obama’s response? He drew a red line. He also was caught on an open mic telling the Russians he’d be more flexible with them after the 2012 election.

  • Letter: ILHS parent lauds coach Boulware

    I am a parent of an Indian Land wrestler and proud supporter of the program. The Indian Land High School wrestling season ended with a fantastic bang with two first-place champions and two third-placers.

  • Column: Take redistricting out of legislature’s hands

    It’s a given that South Carolina’s State House politics is dysfunctional on a good day and thoroughly corrupt on most days.
    There is a big reform idea that has surfaced that may be the single biggest thing we could do to reform this broken system – and it’s getting some traction.
    The big reform idea is an independent reapportionment commission that would draw the lines for legislative districts.
    OK, I can hear the yawns and the mumbles. “What kind of arcane policy wonk stuff is he talking about now?”

  • Column: Trump inspires, Democrats sulk on the big stage

    Tuesday night, America saw President Trump give what 76 percent of viewers thought was a great speech to Congress. But the Democrats saw it as only another chance to express their disbelief and demagoguery, which seems to be their only strategy.
    Trump’s speech drew much praise for its positive dream of national unity. It offered real hope and promised true change, but if you were watching the Democratic side of the aisle, it looked like a funeral service, with an occasional exception for scattered applause.

  • Column: Not a huge deal, but does state need to meddle with an eclipse?

    Last week the legislature passed a joint resolution that allows school districts to start the next school year on Thursday, Aug. 17. Without this resolution, schools could not start before the third Monday of that month, Aug. 21 – the day of a solar eclipse.

  • Column: Innovation essential to our future

    If we as a state make innovation a hallmark of who we are and what we do, we will grow and prosper. If we don’t, we will stagnate and die.
    The choice is that clear and that stark. Am I being overly dramatic? I don’t think so.
    ◆ “Innovate or die.” Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft.
    ◆ “The only way to thrive is to innovate. It’s that simple.” Alex Tabarrok, Canadian economist.
    ◆ “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs, founder of Apple.