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Today's Opinions

  • Moving from desegregation to diversity at the USC

    As the University of South Carolina brings to a close the 50th anniversary commemoration of its desegregation, we reflect on how far the university has come and how far we have to go. We aren’t just giving this thoughtful consideration, we are taking action.

    Today Carolina is home to a student population that is about 20 percent minority with an equal percentage of minority faculty members. INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine has recognized USC as one of the nation’s top universities for diversity and inclusion for the past two years.

  • U.S. finally wields its ‘big stick’

    This recent headline intrigued me to read further: “America sends missile-destroying warships into Russian waters, President Putin not pleased.” (Motley Fool)

    Bravo – our nation is finally showing that we have both backbone and teeth and it’s long overdue.

  • Time to shorten S.C. legislative session

    The S.C. Legislature sits for five months, 21 weeks or 143 calendar days. It’s one of the longest sessions in the nation, leaving aside the 10 states with professional legislatures.

  • Tragedies bring out true American character
  • Tragedies bring out true American character

    South Carolina is nearly a thousand miles from Boston, Mass. But we, too, were shaken by the events of April 15, 2013.

    Two homemade bombs exploded in the midst of the Boston Marathon, killing three spectators, shattering the lives of dozens of others, and casting a pall of sadness over one of America’s proud traditions.

  • Would gas increase be used for road repairs?

    Thanks to Lancaster County District 1 Councilman Brian Carnes for his documentary on roads which appeared in the April 20 edition of The Lancaster News.

    I sorta chuckled when he mentioned that County Council ain’t responsible for dealing with road stuff.

    Seems it all comes back to South Carolina’s  low tax levy on gasoline.

  • GOP seeks to keep corruption out of county

    Lancaster County has seen a lot of recent political turmoil taking place in neighboring counties, especially with the arrest of Charlotte’s mayor and last week’s conviction of former Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker.

    Lancaster County Republicans are committed to setting a high standard for good government, based upon higher standards for our public officials, increased citizen involvement, improved accessibility and greater transparency.

  • Free tutoring, regardless of age or income

    The educational process can be very demanding. If a student misses a key concept in any course, the ability to catch up is difficult, sometimes impossible.

    This is especially true for mathematics. Students may be ashamed or embarrassed to ask for help. Finding the appropriate tutor may be difficult and too expensive for many families.