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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Legislature shouldn’t police itself on ethics

    Many, if not most, South Carolina state lawmakers have a peculiar understanding of the separation of powers. For them, the principle seems to mean that all powers should be removed from the executive and judicial branches and concentrated in the legislature.

  • Editor's Column: If politics were sport, Mr. McCoy would be ejected from the game

    Billy McCoy and his band of merry plagiarizers came up with a head-scratcher of an explanation.
    Yes, they acknowledged, we copied almost every word of an N.C. police department’s strategic plan and called it our own, but that’s not plagiarism. And besides, every law enforcement agency in America does this, so who cares?

  • Letter: McCoy’s decision ‘absolute disgrace’

    Credibility. Honesty. Integrity. Accountability. These are all attributes  that the citizens of Lancaster County not only expect but demand from their public officials.
    William McCoy’s remarkable “word for word” rendition of most of the Garner Police Department Strategic Plan is an absolute disgrace for a man asking the voters of Lancaster to elect him to public office.

  • Editor's Column: Come join the jousting match of ideas

    I encounter angry people often in this job, and that’s OK.
    Usually it’s because of something we published, like a recent story about a young man charged with several violent crimes. His mother called to scream at me that we had no right to drag him through the mud this way, that we should wait to see if he’s convicted. I listened for a while, but when she started repeating herself, I told her I understood why she was angry and said goodbye.

  • Column: S.C. House bill confirms party caucuses are public

    This editorial ran in thenerve.org, an online publication of the S.C. Policy Council, an independent, nonprofit research group promoting free-market policies and government transparency.

    Exactly one year ago, The Nerve’s Rick Brundrett published a story on how legislative caucuses – the General Assembly’s partisan strategizing organizations – somehow get to avoid being designated as public entities. This despite the fact that they meet, rent-free, in public office space and by definition deal with public business.

  • Column: Jettisoning pervasive negativity

    A few news items, two from South Carolina and two national:
    Item one: S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson called David Pascoe (the special prosecutor that Wilson appointed) a “liar” over his handling of a public corruption case.
    It began with a barrage of harsh words from Wilson delivered with great heat and passion and ended with a flurry of papers filed in court. Gov. Nikki Haley called the whole thing “an embarrassing mess.”  There’s no reason to think it won’t continue for a while.

  • Letter: Proud of Indian Land Middle School and all of its supporters

    I want to thank Principal Chris Thorpe and all the staff at Indian Land Middle School for all the guidance they provide for our kids.
    I feel safe letting my child out in the morning, knowing he will get the best of care.
    The front-office staff is always very efficient and kind every time I ask for help. And all the great teachers do so much for our kids. And thank you to our special police officer for the great way he keeps us safe and on time.

  • Schmidt letter: N.C. HB2 law is not bigotry

    North Carolina’s HB2 law is simple and proper – only use the restroom that matches your biological sex.
    Apple and Cisco, among other companies, are insisting that North Carolina force everyone to accept or allow people to use the restroom of their choice. They are threatening to leave the state. Why aren’t they threatening to leave Iran or Saudi Arabia, who are actually murdering homosexuals?