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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Did anybody even read the constitutional amendment?

    The constitutional conundrum that South Carolina will face if Nikki Haley is confirmed as United Nations ambassador is evidence of at least one thing: Our legislators take a casual approach to the rule of law.
    How did we get to this point? The  amendment to the state constitution that voters approved in 2012 specified that it would take effect in 2018. But when the bill to ratify the amendment was filed in the Senate in 2013, it left out a key portion – which changed the effective date. Here is what happened:

  • Column: Van Wyck needs to firm up incorporation budget details

    The Van Wyck incorporation proposal has been set for a hearing by the Joint Legislative Committee on Municipal Incorporations on Jan. 12.

  • Letter: Volunteers needed for warming center

    Lancaster’s warming center will open Jan. 2, and the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless needs volunteers to help operate it.
    LACH has been working hard to expand services for our homeless and to raise awareness around issues of homelessness in our county, and we would like your help in doing so.
    The winter months are a time when the most vulnerable members of our community are most vulnerable to the elements. We will need much more community support moving forward, and we are offering many opportunities for the community to get involved.

  • Column: Scott: Museum should honor Justice Thomas

    Editor’s note: Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) sent a letter last week to top officials of the Smithsonian Institution and the new National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington. Here are excerpts:

    I write to thank and congratulate you and the entire team of individuals who helped create the awe-inspiring Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

  • Column: End of the road for Memory Lane Cruisers

    Memory Lane Cruisers was incorporated in 1998 as a local club for car enthusiasts who wanted to display classic (and newer) cars.
    You did not have to own a classic car to be a member. You just needed to love cars.
    The club was also a way for car enthusiasts to give back to the community. We met once a month to fellowship and conduct business.
    The club has held monthly cruise-ins from March until October of each year at different places including Heath Springs, the Sonic, Chick-fil-A, Barry’s Classic Grill, and Hwy 55 Burgers Fries and Shakes.

  • Letter: Give Trump chance to make changes

    In response to John Aves’ letter “Democrats and Republicans unite” from last Friday, it is not racist to simply dislike someone else’s actions. It is not unreasonable to expect leaders in elected positions to keep our borders safe and respond to the growing threat of terrorism, homegrown or otherwise.

  • Column: Swamps need draining in D.C. and S.C.

    Since Donald Trump was elected, the phase “drain the swamp” has become media/political shorthand for all the changes that he is going to bring to politics as usual in D.C.
    Although I didn’t vote for him, I do absolutely believe that there needs to be a lot of swamp draining in D.C. – and this got me to thinking about swamp draining in S.C. as well.

  • Column: Van Wyck’s incorporation effort still alive

    Back in February when Voters for a Town of Indian Land first announced its plans to swallow up our peaceful and splendidly isolated community (Van Wyck), a committee was quickly formed to combat its intentions. We essentially formed a board comprised of heads of various quickly formed committees that worked on various aspects of countering IL’s attack. Rosa and I co-chaired that board, whose purpose was to launch a three-pronged counter-attack to the IL group’s intentions.