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Today's Opinions

  • Pitts column: Restricting PSE won’t fix meth problem

    As a former law enforcement officer, I have seen firsthand the unfortunate effects of meth on South Carolina. While meth production is undoubtedly a national issue, S.C. policymakers and law enforcement cannot ignore the threats presented by the influx of meth coming into the United States from Mexico.
    According to the DEA, 90 percent of meth found within American borders was produced in Mexico. Between 2009 and 2014, the amount of meth seized at the Mexican border increased by over 500 percent.

  • Lanning column: Have you believed in Jesus' resurrection?

    The biblical evidence for Christ’s resurrection is substantial.
    On the day he arose from the dead, he appeared five different times to one or more of his disciples. First, he appeared to Mary Magdalene. Next, he appeared to several women near the empty tomb. Sometime during that day, he appeared to Peter, and that afternoon he appeared to two disciples walking on the Emmaus road. That night, he appeared to his 11 apostles and others with them in Jerusalem.

  • Mollette column: Jesus did not discriminate, and we shouldn’t either

    Christians around the world celebrate Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter. This is the Christian holiday. Christians celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the grave.
    Intimidated, scared, crazy followers of Jesus were filled with courage and new hope as they saw and touched Jesus after his resurrection. Those young frightened men suddenly became world changers and were willing to die for what they had experienced. The hope they promoted and wrote about is still impacting billions of people on the planet today who follow Christ and the Bible.

  • Miles letter: A tribute to a friend

    This letter is about one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. Larry Small and his beautiful daughter run the South 200 Grill.
    When I was about 16 or 17 years old, I carhopped for Larry’s father, Clifford, who was also someone you would have wanted to meet.
    I also grew up and played football with Larry. He was one guy you did not want to tackle you, as he did me a couple of times.
    Larry greets everyone and treats them with dignity.

  • Miles letter: A tribute to a friend

    This letter is about one of the nicest guys you would ever want to meet. Larry Small and his beautiful daughter run the South 200 Grill.
    When I was about 16 or 17 years old, I carhopped for Larry’s father, Clifford, who was also someone you would have wanted to meet.
    I also grew up and played football with Larry. He was one guy you did not want to tackle you, as he did me a couple of times.
    Larry greets everyone and treats them with dignity.

  • Miller column: Why do we hate?

    Hate is a harsh word for a harsh emotion. Some may hate you because you’re black or because you’re white. Others may hate you because you’re Christian or Jewish. They may hate you because you’re gay or straight. Maybe it’s because you’re tall, short, fat, thin, pretty, ugly, red-skinned, yellow-skinned, smart, stupid. They may hate you just because you are different than them. I could go on ad infinitum, but you get the point.

  • Koffman column: Beware of S.C. HOAs

    From the mountains to the shore, South Carolina has much to offer. What it fails to offer are laws to protect the estimated 1.5 million people living in a community governed by a homeowners association.
    Here’s a sampling of what can happen to you if you live in an HOA-governed community in this state. Imagine your reaction if you were a victim:
    • A developer reigns as head of your HOA for nearly half a century, practicing a “dictator” management style.

  • Evans letter: Plenty of litter all over Lancaster County

    Yes, Susan Ferrara, there are laws against littering here. The real rub comes catching the offender in the act. Down here in middle Lancaster County, the litter problem also exists and throughout our state.
    Why, there are Bubba and the boys tossing their bags, wrappers and soft drink containers in the back of the old pickup. Shucks, Bubba don’t like junk in the bed of his truck; he hits the gas pedal and the trash disappears onto your beautiful Indian Land and my middle Lancaster lawn.