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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Pope’s ‘feet firmly on the ground’

    This is an important time because we have to elect our representative to Congress. I want to share why I am voting for Tommy Pope.
    I have been involved in political campaigns for many years, both as a volunteer and as a paid member of the organiztions. During that time I have come to know many of the candidates personally.

  • Letter: Ask legislators to back vaccination programs

    One and a half million children die each year from diseases that could have been prevented by a vaccine. This is because, shockingly, one in five children in the world still lacks access to the basic childhood vaccines we take for granted in the United States. This is a problem with a solution, so we must act!

  • Column: I don’t believe marchers’ science

    This weekend over 600 rallies and marches happened around the world for science. I watched some of the speeches on CSPAN from the rally in D.C. Many science topics were spoken about, but the core subject was that man-made global warming is considered settled science.
    What they are proclaiming is that their science is real. Why do they need rally for science that is real? They are not supporting Newton’s laws of motion here.

  • Column: The key to success: High expectations

    This column is about a teacher, a family and a state, and one simple but powerful idea – expectations.
    First the teacher. In 1804, in the S.C. backwoods of what is now McCormick County, at a crossroads called Willington, four Presbyterian men decided that the community needed a church and  a school.
    Presbyterians (then and now) place a high value on learning. Church rules require that ministers be “educated and trained,” and thus many Presbyterian ministers also taught school.

  • Letter: I pick Parnell for education stance

    As a resident of the 5th Congressional District, I am writing to express my full support for Democrat Archie Parnell.
    I was born and raised in South Carolina. I went to public schools – K-12 in Columbia, then higher education at Midlands Tech, Clemson, USC and Charleston Southern. I teach in the state’s public education system.

  • Letter: Pope will do what he says

    After considering all the candidates running to replace Mick Mulvaney in the 5th Congressional District, I have selected Tommy Pope.
    Tommy has always done exactly what he said he would do, and I am extremely confident he will continue the same work in Washington.
    I have followed Tommy’s career for many years. He has always been a man of integrity and conviction. Whether in the courtroom as our solicitor or in the State House as our representative, he has always worked hard to protect York County and South Carolina.  

  • Letter: IL incorporation worrisome

    “Hypocritical” is a strong word to use against someone expressing their opinion, as Russell Rhoads responded recently to Ginger Sheridan’s letter the week before.
    Ginger has a right to be concerned. It’s becoming very costly to live in Sun City Carolina Lakes. My HOA fee for villa occupancy in the last four years has gone up $852 a year. From $2,940 per year to $3792 without any increase in services. In fact, some of our service items are not performed as spelled out in the annual budget.

  • Column: Call me bleeding-heart conservative

    I was the sole candidate who challenged Mick Mulvaney in last year’s Republican primary. Sadly, fewer than 14 percent of eligible voters voted. This year I have six Republicans in opposition to my bid – not to mention three in the Democratic Party and some others.
    Who will best represent all 660,000 citizens in 10-plus counties? I will. Here’s why. Principle: Much of leadership is clearing the clutter.