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Today's Opinions

  • Column: This isn’t the tax reform we want or need

    Editor’s note: The writer is a Democrat from Sumter who lost to Republican Ralph Norman in this year’s special election for the 5th District congressional seat. Parnell is running for the office again in 2018. Norman’s views on the GOP tax-reform bill ran in this space Sunday.

    My father used to tell me to believe half of what you see and even less of what you hear. When it comes to what people in Washington or in the media have to say about tax policy, that’s usually pretty good advice.

  • Letter: Is Archie Parnell ready for the swamp?

    Mark Manicone’s Oct. 25 article about Archie Parnell’s new campaign for Congress had me asking questions. After careful consideration, here are my views.
    Parnell takes President Trump’s basic ideas that the USA needs good jobs, tax changes and strong communities. He claims Congress – that’s the House and Senate – has not accomplished anything over the last months.

  • Letter: Victim’s kin thank Buford, other VFDs

    My name is Cleavon Belk and I’m writing for myself and my brother, Donnie R. Belk of the Buford community.
    Our nephew Eric T. Belk of Buford died in a house fire in the early morning on Sunday, Oct. 15.
    We would like to thank the Buford Volunteer Fire Department’s firefighters for their heroic actions, and all firefighters from the other cities and communities who responded to this fire as well.
    My brother would like to encourage the community to support their local volunteer fire departments financially and in any other way that they can.

  • Column: Democrats back policies that help America’s middle class

    Last Saturday at noon, my wife Mary and I rode in the Lancaster Veterans Day parade in the back of Keith Grey’s pickup truck with Tom and Judy Langston. Keith also pulled a trailer with more members of the Lancaster County Democratic Party.
    The LCDP trailer was entry number 59 in the parade. Tommy Myers and his family walked behind our trailer as entry number 60. Even though Tommy is a Democrat, he was not in the parade as a Democrat, but as a veteran of the Vietnam War.

  • Column: Odd approach to legislative power-sharing

    At a meeting last week, the S.C. House Utility Ratepayer Protection Committee was talking about restructuring the state’s Public Utilities Review Committee, which oversees or influences every area of the energy industry, including the failed V.C. Summer nuclear construction project.
    Rep. Nathan Ballantine, a Richland County Republican, brought up the PURC’s legislator-to-citizen ratio.

  • Letter: Did you get your county tax notice?

    At the end of October or early November, Lancaster County homeowners should have received their property tax bills, which must be paid no later than Jan. 15, 2018, to avoid penalties.
    If you have not received your tax bill, please contact our office to help locate your bill and make sure we have the correct address on file for you.
    If your tax bill is paid from escrow, the mortgage company will gather their information electronically from us, but to make sure proper payment is made, you can forward them the information that you received from us in the mail.

  • Letter: VFW Auxiliary thanks Talbots for fundraiser

    The Capt. John P. Monahan VFW Post 12136 Auxiliary would like to thank Talbots of Blakeney for the opportunity to raise money for our post relief fund.
    Talbots generously gave our auxiliary a percentage of its sales Nov. 10 in honor of Veterans Day. Our auxiliary members were able to talk to Talbots’ customers to share our reasons for the fundraiser. Because of this opportunity, we will be able to help veterans and their families in need.

  • Column: Norman says GOP tax-reform plan is simple, fair

    It is no secret that our tax system is broken.
    Did you know that the tax code has not been fully reformed in over 30 years? Right now, we have the opportunity of a lifetime to achieve fair, comprehensive tax reform and make the system work for all Americans.
    Politicians in Washington have a spending problem, not an income problem. We have to distinguish the needs versus wants, which conservatives have promised the American people.