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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Writer supports Compassionate Care Bill

    Is it willful ignorance or a total lack of compassion that caused Lancaster County Council to unanimously oppose the S.C. Compassionate Care Bill, which would allow physicians to write medical marijuana prescriptions for certain diseases and medical conditions?
    As of today, 28 states have legalized medical marijuana to help relieve pain in certain serious medical conditions. Studies have shown that medical marijuana use often reduces the need for opiates, which are far more powerful drugs that can lead to addiction and overdose deaths.

  • Column: Glimpsing the radical future of fast food

    Last week, I saw the future of flipping hamburgers – and most every other type of fast food. It was at a restaurant called Eatsa at 1626 K Street in Washington, D.C.
    It was both fascinating and at the same time frightening – for a whole lot of reasons but especially for fast-food workers in South Carolina, and everywhere else for that matter.

  • Column: Read the sign – it’s Indian Land

    “Come on, what’s with these people? It’s lemonade. Read the sign. Read it – lemonade.”
    I’m not Ice T, but I feel like him, every time I get a phone call, read the wrong address or hear someone claiming to live or that their business is located in Fort Mill, when locals know the truth.
    It’s Indian Land! Come on, read the sign. Read it – Indian Land.

  • Column: Alarming hike in fire fatalities this year in S.C.

    Tragically, in the first three months of this year, South Carolina has lost 40 citizens to fire-related incidents. This nearly doubles the five-year average of 22 fire fatalities during the same three-month period.
    As the newly appointed state fire marshal, my first priority is identifying the contributing factors leading to these deaths and utilizing the resources of South Carolina to keep this number from continuing to rise. We cannot bring back the lives lost, but through state, local, private, and public partnerships we can do a lot to prevent future loss.

  • Column: Wealthier, more connected counties get big road projects

    Billions of dollars flow through South Carolina every year – to contractors and others – for roads and other infrastructure projects.
    The money comes from three pots, essentially: funds sent from the General Assembly through the state Department of Transportation; federal dollars channeled through SCDOT; and money, usually borrowed, spent by the state Transportation Infrastructure Bank, or STIB.

  • Letter: What’s the real cost of incorporating IL?

    I was disappointed to see that the Indian Land incorporation petition has been certified. I recognize that we still have to vote to pass this, but I don’t feel confident the voters have thought this through.
    I want to caution the Indian Land residents who are in favor of becoming an incorporated town to get all of the facts and figures and determine how this will affect you in the long term.

  • Letter: Our elected leaders are hurting America

    What is this country coming to?
    If Meals on Wheels and the lunch program at school are cut, the elderly and children are going to suffer. This is wrong.
    The big wheels in Washington will still get plenty to eat. But our elderly and kids, this may be the only good meal they get.
    Medicaid and Social Security will be next, and food stamps too. Our food pantries will be denied funding. That will be the end for a lot of people.

  • Column: Why a tax hike for roads won’t fix the state’s roads

    We’re hearing a lot of scary claims from the S.C. Department of Transportation and from legislative leaders: we have the highest rate of road fatalities in the nation, it will take billions to climb out of the hole our infrastructure system is stuck in, we have to pass some pretty significant tax hikes in order to truly address problems, and so on.
    What are they not telling us? A lot, actually.