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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Parnell’s expertise will solve problems

    I am writing to express my full support for Democrat Archie Parnell to fill the 5th District congressional seat left open by Republican Mick Mulvaney’s appointment in the president’s administration.
    At this critical time in our district’s and country’s history, this special election presents a unique chance to flip the 5th District back from Republican to Democratic control.

  • House update: Bills on HOAs, school funding move forward

    As we get closer to the end of the legislative session, I am glad to report that legislation affecting House District 45 has begun to move through the General Assembly. I wanted to give you an update on these three issues: homeowners association reform,  public education funding and school choice.

    HOA reform

  • Column: We won’t defeat terrorists under normal rules of war

    As Westerners, most of us will probably never understand the mentality of terrorists. Nor will we accept their actions. The perversion of a religion seems to be the root cause of so many of these acts around the world.
    Charismatic speakers reach out and touch the lost people of a society. These sad individuals are so desperate for something to give meaning to their lives that they are willing to sacrifice those same lives for the “greater glory,” as espoused by these evil leaders.

  • Letter: Writer supports Compassionate Care Bill

    Is it willful ignorance or a total lack of compassion that caused Lancaster County Council to unanimously oppose the S.C. Compassionate Care Bill, which would allow physicians to write medical marijuana prescriptions for certain diseases and medical conditions?
    As of today, 28 states have legalized medical marijuana to help relieve pain in certain serious medical conditions. Studies have shown that medical marijuana use often reduces the need for opiates, which are far more powerful drugs that can lead to addiction and overdose deaths.

  • Column: Glimpsing the radical future of fast food

    Last week, I saw the future of flipping hamburgers – and most every other type of fast food. It was at a restaurant called Eatsa at 1626 K Street in Washington, D.C.
    It was both fascinating and at the same time frightening – for a whole lot of reasons but especially for fast-food workers in South Carolina, and everywhere else for that matter.

  • Column: Read the sign – it’s Indian Land

    “Come on, what’s with these people? It’s lemonade. Read the sign. Read it – lemonade.”
    I’m not Ice T, but I feel like him, every time I get a phone call, read the wrong address or hear someone claiming to live or that their business is located in Fort Mill, when locals know the truth.
    It’s Indian Land! Come on, read the sign. Read it – Indian Land.

  • Column: Alarming hike in fire fatalities this year in S.C.

    Tragically, in the first three months of this year, South Carolina has lost 40 citizens to fire-related incidents. This nearly doubles the five-year average of 22 fire fatalities during the same three-month period.
    As the newly appointed state fire marshal, my first priority is identifying the contributing factors leading to these deaths and utilizing the resources of South Carolina to keep this number from continuing to rise. We cannot bring back the lives lost, but through state, local, private, and public partnerships we can do a lot to prevent future loss.

  • Column: Wealthier, more connected counties get big road projects

    Billions of dollars flow through South Carolina every year – to contractors and others – for roads and other infrastructure projects.
    The money comes from three pots, essentially: funds sent from the General Assembly through the state Department of Transportation; federal dollars channeled through SCDOT; and money, usually borrowed, spent by the state Transportation Infrastructure Bank, or STIB.