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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: Wait, sir! Read this before you burn the paper

    In more than a quarter century of newspaper work, I’ve received my share of vile phone messages. Last week I got a doozy.
    It even tops the voice mail I got a few months ago from some guy who threatened to cut off my head and burn my body. I filed a police report on that one, so that if I turned up headless, the cops would have a logical place to start the investigation.
    Here’s the latest message. There’s a bit of rough language, but I dashed out the objectionable words.

  • Column: 3 things to fix in S.C. education

    Today I bring you some thoughts from Jon Butzon, who has spent years working to improve and reform education in South Carolina. He believes that not only should we have great schools but we can have great schools for every child in South Carolina. Here is what he thinks we should do.
    There is no waltzing around it. K-12 public education in South Carolina is not working.

  • Column: County tax deadline is almost here

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2016 tax books, which takes place on March 16.
    This is a key step in the annual budgeting process for our county government, as it allows those who serve on county council, the school board and the town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they finish their 2017-18 budgets.

  • Column: Honoring Rep. Neal for a life of service

    We were saddened to hear about the passing of state Rep. Joe Neal of Hopkins.
    First elected to the S.C. House in 1992, Rep. Neal represented District 70 in Richland and Sumter counties. He also served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Chester.

  • Letter: Sen. Graham correct on investigating Flynn

    This is a copy of an e-mail I just sent to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.:  
    I am a California native, a Democrat, a retired teacher, and have lived in South Carolina for 9.5 years.
    Usually you and I are not anywhere on the same page. However, in the last week I have changed my mind. I appreciate that you are saying that the Gen. Flynn debacle calls for investigation and that if the shoe were on the other foot, Republicans would be calling for the same thing the Democrats are.

  • Column: My work is done on VW plan

    Last winter, the Committee to Incorporate Van Wyck, which I chaired, began advocating for the incorporation of Van Wyck as a defense against the involuntary annexation of Van Wyck by the proposed Town of Indian Land.

  • Column: More money alone won’t solve state’s road problem

    Two weeks ago, the S.C. Senate passed a bill that would lay the groundwork for the governor to appoint the state superintendent of education — making the Department of Education a cabinet agency and fully accountable to the governor. The bill has yet to pass the House, but a similar bill passed the House last session.

  • Letter: Thanking Norrell for backing FOI bill

    Editor’s note: The S.C. Press Association sent this thank you to Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster.

    On behalf of the newspapers of your district and the entire state, I want to thank you for voting in Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee meeting to send H. 3352, the freedom of information reform bill, on to the House floor for a vote.
    We especially appreciate that you added your name as a sponsor of the FOI bill and spoke up in response to concerns about H. 3352.