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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Where do District 5 candidates stand on House health-care bill?

    During this fast-paced special election in South Carolina’s Upstate, I’ve had the opportunity to meet with civic and business leaders, AARP members, health-care providers and the political candidates to talk about why the 5th Congressional District race is so important to folks 50 years of age and older.

  • Column: Parnell would work to counter the divisiveness in Washington

    Congress today is hyper-partisan, divisive, shallow, parochial, corrupted by money, driven by special interest, dominated by career politicians, poisoned by personal attacks, disrespectful of the voters, focused on the short term and rigidly ideological.
    I believe Archie Parnell should be in Congress because he is none of these things.
    Most people in South Carolina have never heard of him. He gained a bit of name recognition once he decided to run for Congress in the 5th District special election, which is June 20.

  • Column: S.C. activist reaches out to the world

    From time to time in this space, I like to introduce you to people in South Carolina who are making a difference. The following is a column from Jennifer Jones-Wood, writing about her work in South Carolina to help young girls around the world.

    Today, 130 million girls do not have access to education. Please let that sink in.
    If you were to count from 1 to 130,000,000 without stopping, it would take approximately eight years. Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about The ONE Campaign.

  • Column: Lawmakers have no excuse for lengthy budget delays

    The legislative session and the special extended session have ended, and we still don’t have a state budget.
    Currently the budget sits in a conference committee, where lawmakers seem to be agonizing over the differences between the House’s $27.41 billion spending plan and the Senate’s $27.42 billion spending plan. There are a few minor differences in how the money is spent, but lawmakers aren’t saying what particular policy area is responsible for the holdup.
    So what are they blaming?

  • Column: So happy we ended up at ILMS

    An open letter to Indian Land Middle School administration and teachers:
    After 12 years in Charlotte, my family finally decided to move “south of the border” last year. Our main priority was finding a home that would position our girls for the perfect middle and future high schools.

  • Column: Legislative session ends with progress on safer highways

    The busy legislative session is wrapping up. We’ve gotten a lot done but still have to meet once more in general session to pass a budget, consider gubernatorial vetoes and complete other end-of-year tasks.
    Once that work is done, I will provide you a comprehensive report about the highlights of the session, as well as issues that are of special importance to District 45 residents.

  • Column: To chase the American dream, immigrants must learn English

    Our world has seen the most dramatic changes in the past 100 years. We have gone from the horse and buggy to a vehicle wandering the surface of Mars.
    I would also add social advancements to the long list of technological ones, but we still have certain areas where improvement must happen.
    Specifically, I refer to language.

  • Letter: I oppose president on ending loan forgiveness for teachers

    I am a public school special education teacher. This month President Trump revealed he wants to cut public education funding and to end the Loan Forgiveness Plan for Teachers who teach in high-need areas and in high-need schools.
    I do not think it is acceptable to end this program when over 500,000 public employees are about to receive our forgiveness during the next fiscal year. The program was started in order to recruit more teachers and to combat the rising cost of higher education.