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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Hillary decries street weapons, but she’s lying about them

    In Monday night’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton once again made the oft repeated claim of the anti-gun crowd that “we have too many military-style assault weapons on the streets.”
    The problem with this statement is that it is a lie.
    The military does not use semi-automatic firearms on the field of battle.

  • Column: Why college tuition keeps skyrocketing

    As Benjamin Franklin didn’t quite say, “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes and university tuition increases.”
    How much has university tuition gone up since 2006? According to data from the Commission on Higher Education, instate tuition at Clemson, the University of South Carolina and the College of Charleston has gone up over 48 percent in the last 10 years.

  • Letter: I can live with inexperience

    In response to John Crake Aves’ Sept. 21 column “Trump has no requisite experience,” I have this to say. What of it?
    Look at where we are now as a nation, and tell me it matters. Many of our former presidents didn’t even follow the Constitution. Some, even our best, disregarded it when they thought it hindered them. Others talked of it stifling their powers to run the country as they saw fit.

  • Column: Case studies on S.C.’s 3 fundamental faults

    Nothing is more infuriating than seeing another news story about the arrogance, incompetence or corruption that characterizes politics as usual in South Carolina. There were three such stories in only the last few weeks.
    What’s most infuriating is that none of this needs to happen and there are a few simple solutions that could prevent many of these problems or fix them once they occur.

  • Column: S.C. exempts more sales tax than it collects

    In the most recent year for which data is available, a review by The Nerve has found, S.C. state government collected $2.4 billion in sales tax revenue – but exempted a full $3 billion.
    That’s the opposite of what one would expect to find. In most forms of taxes, only a few items are exempt, and in a typical year a typical state would take in far more than it would exempt. It’s a simple matter of government needing revenue: Lawmakers are reluctant to dole out too many exemptions since that means less revenue.

  • Column: Black people often treated like a cancer on America

    Editor’s note: Malik Mackey grew up in Lancaster. He is a 2015 graduate of Lancaster High School and a former class president. He is a sophomore political science major at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

    I get so tired of turning on the news and feeling as though my blackness is a handicap that is hindering America. As if we’re a cancer that is killing this country.

  • Column: We need political reconciliation

    Editor’s note: Rudy Barnes Jr. will be on our Nov. 8 ballot as a candidate for the 5th Congressional District, representing the American Party of South Carolina. According to his website, Barnes practices law in Little Mountain, near Newberry. He graduated from The Citadel and has a master’s in public administration and a law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a retired United Methodist minister and a retired Army colonel who once served on the Columbia City Council.

  • Letter: We should abolish legislative ‘tenure’

    Jaime Harrison’s Sept. 7 column about the passing of S.C. Sen. John Drummond misses one vital point that I will declare here.
    First, my condolences to his family, and this is not a derogatory letter about the man, for I knew him not. But it is about the actions of our state and federal lawmakers who believe in making a lifetime out of public office.