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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Pastor responds to a personal wrong

    In order to protect myself from becoming overly cynical and critical of the human family, I choose to believe that most people are honest and decent.

    We certainly see this in times of tragedy and devastation as we have seen with the outpouring of love and compassion in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and will see after Hurricane Irma.

  • Letter: Alzheimer’s disease research needs additional funding

    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 86,000 here in South Carolina.

    In 2017, caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will cost $259 billion – including $175 billion in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid. 

  • Column: Nuke scandal reveals bedrock corruption

    The current scandal of SCANA’s (S.C. Electric and Gas parent company) and Santee Cooper’s nuclear debacle is arguably the biggest scandal in our state’s history in the last 100 years.

    It involves over $9 billion in wasted money that millions of South Carolinians are being asked to pay and the wholesale corruption of our State House that enables it all to happen.

    It is a sordid scandal of long-term political corruption, short-term corporate incompetence (or worse) and the total denial of responsibility by all who are at fault.

  • Column: Thanks to all who helped make Habitat fundraiser the best ever

    Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County wants to thank all who helped us make our fifth-annual Bluegrass, Barbecue and Building (BBB) a big success.

    The event, held Aug. 26 at USC Lancaster, netted just over $15,000 after expenses to support our mission here – an increase of $3,000 over the last event. 

  • Column: Americans with ‘invisible credit’ deserve a shot at home-buying

    In a bipartisan effort to help more everyday Americans achieve homeownership, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and I have introduced legislation to include some of the 26 million “credit invisible” individuals in the housing market.

  • Letter: Right to postpone stormwater vote

    My thanks to Lancaster County Council member Brian Carnes for insisting on delaying the third and final reading of the stormwater ordinance.

    I consider it insulting that a 30-page document was handed to those who hadn't seen it just prior to the vote, and I consider that behavior thoughtless at best, unethical at worst.

    I applaud council members Terry Graham, Jack Estridge and Larry Honeycutt for standing with Mr. Carnes. I regret that council members Charlene McGriff and Billy Mosteller chose not to support this obvious solution.

  • Letter: No partisan hostility in my view of Trump

    In a letter to the editor responding to my Aug. 18 column, Ronald Hopkins made an incorrect assumption. 

    Mr. Hopkins doesn’t know me, so I’ll give him a pass on his assumption that I supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, and that I’m still nursing some bitterness over her loss. 

  • Column: S.C. needs to save up for the lean times ahead

    The state Comptroller General’s office released its annual budget report last month, giving citizens insight into the sources of state revenue and how that money was spent as well as suggestions for future spending. Here’s the bottom line: The government needs to spend less.

    According to the report, the General Fund this year accumulated $7.582 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $7.271 billion collected during fiscal 2016. However, it states, “the revenue growth rate has been slowing during the past two fiscal years.”