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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: We don’t need hate crime laws

    Hate crimes. Who would have thought that our society would stoop to this unimaginable Orwellian rubbish. I shudder to think that this farce could even be thought of as sensible, never mind being inputted into our justice system.

  • Column: Noble’s ideas on public records irresponsible, even nonsensical

    In his grand pronouncement in Friday’s Lancaster News, Phil Noble, president of the S.C. New Democrats, proclaimed that all information in the possession of the government that is compiled by or required by the government, must be made readily available to the taxpayers. This is apparently in support of his concept of open government.
    The only exceptions that he allows for are personnel records and sensitive business negotiations.
    Let me offer a few examples to illustrate just how nonsensical and irresponsible his position really is.

  • Column: S.C. needs more resources to fight insurance fraud

    Insurance fraud is a rapidly growing criminal enterprise, and it is happening right here in South Carolina. Nationally, insurance fraud costs $30 billion each year.
    In one recent example, Darlene Pritchett presented a claim to her insurance company for more than $12,000 after she reported her car engulfed in flames. Investigation showed the vehicle was locked and parked in her driveway with Ms. Pritchett having the only set of keys. A towel soaked in lighter fluid was found in the back floorboard.

  • Letter: Hillary a Christian? You must be joking

    So I’m supposed to believe that Hillary Clinton is very spiritual and a Christian, according to professor Jack Bass’ column in your Feb. 28 paper.
    Are you kidding me? She lied straight to the faces of the families of the four brave men we lost in Benghazi. At the returning of their bodies to our country, she told them the attack was the result of a video. On the same day of the attack, she emailed her daughter stating it wasn’t. Now she’s running for POTUS and she’s saying the families are lying. That’s a Christian?

  • Column: If taxpayers paid for it, it’s a public record

    This is Sunshine Week. What the heck is this, you might rightly ask, and why should I care?
    Is it the big tourist promotion campaign in Myrtle Beach to get all the Canadians to come south and jump in the ocean long before any South Carolinian in their right mind would do so?
    No, it’s not that. It relates to government.
    Sunshine Week is something that the newspaper and media people care a lot about (and since I’ve been doing this column for several years now, I guess I’m one of “them”) – so pay attention.

  • Column: Give Local: New way to support nonprofits

    The recent excitement over the DonorsChoose.org crowdfunding event that raised $14 million to fund school projects in Lancaster and across the country drives home just how impactful on-line giving has become.
    This giving initiative reached 12,000 classrooms in 47 states and will provide such things as field trips, art supplies and technology.

  • Letter: Flowers, angels go missing from graves

    I think it’s really sorry when you put flowers or other things on a loved one’s grave and somebody steals them.
    I put angels on my daughter’s and husband’s graves last summer. I walk at Memorial Park most days, and I go by their graves. I missed one day, and the next day the angels were gone. So I called the office, and they said they didn’t know what happened to them. The angels were wired to the vase, so why take them?  

  • Column: Muennich: Why you should vote ‘Yes’ on referendum

    The upcoming school bond referendum has created a lot of questions. As a current member of the Buford Community and raised in the AJ/Buford area, and as a member of the Financial Needs Committee, here are the reasons I am choosing to support this bond.