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Today's Opinions

  • Column: County tax deadline is almost here

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2016 tax books, which takes place on March 16.
    This is a key step in the annual budgeting process for our county government, as it allows those who serve on county council, the school board and the town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they finish their 2017-18 budgets.

  • Column: 3 things to fix in S.C. education

    Today I bring you some thoughts from Jon Butzon, who has spent years working to improve and reform education in South Carolina. He believes that not only should we have great schools but we can have great schools for every child in South Carolina. Here is what he thinks we should do.
    There is no waltzing around it. K-12 public education in South Carolina is not working.

  • Letter: Sen. Graham correct on investigating Flynn

    This is a copy of an e-mail I just sent to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.:  
    I am a California native, a Democrat, a retired teacher, and have lived in South Carolina for 9.5 years.
    Usually you and I are not anywhere on the same page. However, in the last week I have changed my mind. I appreciate that you are saying that the Gen. Flynn debacle calls for investigation and that if the shoe were on the other foot, Republicans would be calling for the same thing the Democrats are.

  • Column: More money alone won’t solve state’s road problem

    Two weeks ago, the S.C. Senate passed a bill that would lay the groundwork for the governor to appoint the state superintendent of education — making the Department of Education a cabinet agency and fully accountable to the governor. The bill has yet to pass the House, but a similar bill passed the House last session.

  • Column: My work is done on VW plan

    Last winter, the Committee to Incorporate Van Wyck, which I chaired, began advocating for the incorporation of Van Wyck as a defense against the involuntary annexation of Van Wyck by the proposed Town of Indian Land.

  • Letter: Thanking Norrell for backing FOI bill

    Editor’s note: The S.C. Press Association sent this thank you to Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell of Lancaster.

    On behalf of the newspapers of your district and the entire state, I want to thank you for voting in Tuesday’s Judiciary Committee meeting to send H. 3352, the freedom of information reform bill, on to the House floor for a vote.
    We especially appreciate that you added your name as a sponsor of the FOI bill and spoke up in response to concerns about H. 3352.

  • Column: Peculiar thing called ‘the South Carolina mind’

    In 1929, Gaffney native W.J. Cash wrote his seminal book “The Mind of the South.”
    Every subsequent attempt to understand the mind (and soul) of the South necessarily starts with this book. It has been so since it was written and will probably continue to be so for generations to come. It is that good.
    The premise of Cash’s book is that there is a distinctive Southern mind, and I believe there is also a “sub-species” native to the Palmetto State that we could call the South Carolina mind.

  • Column: I pray Trump cuts the roots of evil – judges, bureaucrats

    The Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 Word of the Year is post-truth. It is an adjective “denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  Emotion and feeling are the source of facts today. So now you can have your truths, and I can have mine.
    The American bureaucracy is an example of post-truth because it has been poisoned with liberal false science, false news and personal beliefs. Universities are not teaching students to think, but what to think.