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Today's Opinions

  • Column: It’s not luck when bombers fail, or when my plane doesn’t crash

    I heard so many people on TV in New York say “we got lucky” after that man in the subway station blew himself up and didn’t kill anybody.
    Don’t those people realize luck had nothing to do with it? There was no luck to this. God stepped in and stopped that man.
    I pray every day that God will protect this great country from these terrorists. And prayer works, people!

  • Column: ‘Trickle down’ hasn’t worked before, and it won’t this time

    This is a response to John Baker’s Dec. 6 article headlined “Government isn’t meant to tax away income inequality.”  
    Let’s talk tax reform. According to Mr. Baker’s excellent statistics, 60 percent of Americans report taxable income of less than $50,000 a year. No tax revenue there. So Republicans want to lower the “official” corporate tax rate of 35 percent to 20 percent to stimulate the economy, and lower the “tax burden” on the rich at the same time.

  • Letter: Tanner to vote yes on IL incorporation

    I am continually being asked my position on Indian Land incorporating. I am voting yes.
    The last straw for me was Lancaster County Planning Commission changing its meeting hours to 6 p.m. That was the last slap in the face from Lancaster County. This change was made so Indian Land residents will find it almost impossible to attend the meetings and speak out for our community.

  • Letter: Both parties have backed predators

    Sen. John Conyers is stepping down from office after living off the taxpayers’ dime for over 50 years. Now we will have to pay his pension, which probably makes my pension look like a tip.
    How about not only Congress, but their staff using taxpayers’ money to settle lawsuits against them? I never thought to ask for that at my union contract meetings.

  • Column: Rudest judge I’ve encountered gets maneuvered off the bench

    Something remarkable happened in S.C. legal and political circles this past Tuesday. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission.
    News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge Kristi Harrington in an anonymous survey. The surveys revealed that many lawyers who had appeared before this judge thought she was unqualified by temperament to serve. Those survey results were not the only speed bump in Judge Harrington’s path.

  • Column: GOP support for Moore reveals party’s true character

    Over the past year, I have read letters and op-eds in this paper promoting the Republican Party.
    As we all know, the party dominates a large majority of statewide and local offices. In my opinion, many of our local politicians joined the party not as a statement of their ideology but as a means of easily being reelected to positions they had enjoyed as Democrats.
    The Republican Party has wrapped itself in the American flag, thumped Bibles and promoted itself as the party of family values.

  • Column: Tributes to an S.C. pioneer, Chief Justice Ernest Finney

    Ernest Finney, former chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, died Sunday at his home in Columbia. He was 86.
    Finney, a Virginia native, was a hero in the state’s judicial community, a well-known legislator and accomplished civil-rights attorney. He broke racial barriers throughout his life, becoming a Supreme Court justice in 1985 and chief justice in 1994, the first African-American to hold those positions since Reconstruction.

  • Column: S.C. lawmakers shouldn’t gripe about counties’ spending habits

    In a recent House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting, state lawmakers expressed great concern about the responsibility of county spending practices.
    Let’s be clear: County spending habits are technically no concern of the state, from a jurisdictional perspective. However, the law requires the General Assembly to set aside 4.5 percent of last year’s general fund revenue for the local government fund (LGF) to cover state mandates on counties and municipalities.