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Today's Opinions

  • Schwartz column: Tell Gregory to vote ‘no’ on gas tax hike

    The big issue facing our legislators this year in Columbia is a massive new gas tax hike. Big money special interest groups like the S.C. Chamber of Commerce have been aggressively lobbying the Legislature to vote for proposals that would double our current gas tax rate.

  • Newton column: Get involved, Republicans

    If you’re concerned about the federal government racking up debt and out-of-control spending and want to get involved to do something about it, then your local Republican Party needs your involvement.

  • Hendrix letter: Veterans should take Honor Flight

    Several  years ago, I had the fantastic opportunity to travel with a group of World War II veterans on an Honor Flight, which flew out of Columbia.
    I am a strong supporter of our military forces and will wave the U.S. flag in a heartbeat. To say that I had an exciting and emotional day would be an understatement.
    It was an honor to be there and share in the veterans’ reminiscing of days gone by.
    If you are or know of a World War II veteran who has not taken an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., please don’t pass up the opportunity.

  • Hopkins letter: Oscars insult ‘American Sniper’

    Well, the ignorant and the brainless came out for their Oscars the other night. Yes, the beautiful crowd, which loves to lavish accolades on themselves.
    These prattish people strut their “wears,” costing yearly salaries for real workers, as they walk Hollywood’s red carpet. A fitting symbol of color, for it matches their socialistic and communistic mindsets.

  • Curtsinger column: Let’s explore splitting up school district

    There have been rumors that Indian Land students may be bused to other under-capacity schools as an option to address the over-capacity issues at Indian Land Middle and Indian Land High schools.
    The Lancaster County school board discussed this issue at a recent retreat and has given me the following statement:
    “In a rare situation, if it becomes necessary to bus students to another school, the school district will do its utmost to insure those children presently in the attendance area will continue to attend school within their attendance area.”

  • Noble column: Haley’s $29,000 football tickets and higher ed reform

    I love this state, I really do – and that’s why I get so frustrated when we can’t do the obvious right thing for stupid reasons. (Like, say, $29,000 worth of free football tickets, but more on that in a moment.)
    It seems to happen a lot and the current prime example of this is how higher education in this state is run, or probably more accurately, not run.

  • Walker Column: Walker has higher ambitions than being vice president

    This is in response to James McManus’ Feb. 25 letter, “Walker should run for vice president.”
    Well, I guess you got me, James. I will overlook the sarcasm and pretend you really want me to be vice president. Judging by your comments, it appears that former President George Bush and I must be living in your brain rent-free. Could you stock the fridge in here? We need pizza and Mountain Dew.

  • Wilson column: Professor’s death displays domestic violence problem in South Carolina

    On Feb. 5, about 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina received a text message warning “SHOTS FIRED” – two words that would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.
    For a few hours, we all believed that USC had become the latest face of campus shootings.
    Instead, we soon would learn, USC had become the latest site of an epidemic that usually spreads in obscurity, but is all too familiar in South Carolina – domestic violence.