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Today's Opinions

  • Roscoe wins fourth state championship

    “No, it can’t be done.” This was the expected comment from football fans when they learned that coach Johnny Roscoe was enticed to come out of his one-year retirement to try to bring another state football championship to the Greensboro, N.C., Northern Gilford Nighthawks.

    Coach Roscoe had already won three state championships his last three years of coaching, deserving a well-earned retirement.

    The three state championship made history, but the big question, could he do it again.

  • A novel idea for budget decisions

    At a recent meeting of the Anderson County legislative delegation, freshman House member Jonathon Hill introduced two resolutions calling on the legislature to – uh – follow the law.

    The first resolution concerned the state’s local government fund. By law, state budget-writers are to allocate 4.5 percent of the previous year’s revenue to local governments as payment for those governments carrying out state services. For six years, however, state lawmakers have reduced the amount by means of one-year provisos.

  • Lawmaker resigns after Nerve’s investigation

    If S.C. Rep. Kris Crawford needs guidance these days from the Bible, he might want to ponder the proverb, “Physician, heal thyself.”

    In 2012, the emergency room doctor and then-state House member was convicted on four misdemeanor counts of willfully failing to file state income-tax returns. He received no jail time and was ordered to pay $21,380 in fines and costs.

  • Legislative response to court’s decision

    S.C. Supreme Court has determined the state must provide students in eight impoverished schools districts with an opportunity to receive a “minimally adequate education.” A close look at the court’s controversial decision offers a guide to how legislators ought to respond.

  • S.C. Republicans have an attitude

    When I was a school boy, there was a kid down the street named Rodney who had an “attitude problem,” or at least that’s what the adults called it. To me and my friends, Rodney was just a jerk.

    He had a big chip on his shoulder and was always complaining that others were taking advantage of him or whining about things not being fair to him. Rodney didn’t have any friends, and our parents pretty much forced us to include Rodney in our activities.

  • Sheriff urges drivers to make a sober plan

    Drunken driving has become a national epidemic. Each year, drunken-driving crashes kill more than 10,000 people in America. Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), National Liquor Law Enforcement (NLLEA) and the Coalition for Healthy Youth and S.C. Department of Public Safety (SCDPS) this holiday season, to reach out to all drivers with an important message about this deadly, preventable crime because buzzed driving is drunk driving.

  • Good boards worth their weight in gold

    Editor’s note: This column was originally published in the J. Marions Sims Foundation newsletter and is reprinted with the foundation’s permission.

    Election season finally ended last month and many of us have breathed a huge sigh of relief.

    We’re spared the crush of ads, posters, commercials and calls for various candidates – until the next election cycle begins, which for presidential candidates will likely be sometime in the first half of 2015. Election campaigns never seem to end; they just go on and on and on.

  • What goes around does come around

    Shucks, I was just standing in the grocery check-out line with several items in my buggy and I noticed a young man with a couple of things in his hand.

    Well, at my age, I don’t have too many urgent items on my agenda, so I suggested he go around me and not have to wait.

    Well sir, he thanked me before moving ahead and then he thanked me after checking out. I thought he was kind since some folks move on and move out.