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Today's Opinions

  • Column: 5 great ideas to make S.C. a better place

    One of the most interesting things about writing this column is all the feedback I get from folks. I especially like the good ideas to improve our state that people send me.
    Here are five of those ideas – in no particular order – that could make South Carolina a better place.
    ◆ Lifelong scholarships for college athletes – Most every college and university in the state gives athletic scholarships. For many of these student athletes, dreams of professional success propel them every day and not dreams of good grades or graduating on time.

  • Column: America’s foundation of morals has eroded

    Foundation integrity is essential for the strength and stability of whatever is built upon it. A building might appear to be sound structurally, but if the foundation is faulty, the building will eventually deteriorate.
    The United States was built on a foundation of Christian principles. Alexis de Tocqueville, the 19th century French statesman and philosopher, traveled to America in the 1830s and observed:
    “Religion in America…must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country….

  • Letter: U.S. must produce more medical staff

    We need a big suggestion box in Washington where the citizens could offer ideas for improvement. Us Americans used to depend on congressmen to do the thinking for us, but boy did we get that wrong.
    Isn’t health care among the biggest and most costly item to us and the government? I guess we need to nudge the Russians to come up with a better health care program. We just about did flips when they bested us in the space race. America was so embarrassed we just ran full speed ahead and got to the moon first.

  • Column: Sweep out Congress, end political careers focused on reelection

    We are destroying ourselves. As long as we stay as divided as we are and only think about our partys’ political agendas, we will stay weak and vulnerable.
    To those of you that say, “I’m not like that,” I say you are fooling yourself.
    We must be Americans first, not political parties. Where did we lose ourselves and become so split that we can’t even have a civil dialogue between Republicans and Democrats? When did we develop this “us or them” mentality? And why?

  • Column: Gun-control arguments should stick to the facts

    At Sunday’s Democratic presidential debate in Flint, Mich., Hillary Clinton played fast and loose with the facts.
    “Giving immunity to gunmakers and sellers was a terrible mistake,“  she said. “No other industry in America has absolute immunity.”
    The firearms industry, of which Hillary is not a fan, does not have absolute immunity. However, the vaccine industry, of which she is a fan, does have absolute immunity.

  • Letter: March 16 deadline for most county taxes

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2015 tax books, which takes place March 16. This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster 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 2016-17 budgets.

  • Letter: Van Wyck moves to incorporate

    After three years of work and serious threats to its existence, Van Wyck has decided to incorporate as the town of Van Wyck.
    The incorporation proposal was submitted to the Secretary of the State of South Carolina on Monday, March 7, by the Incorporate Van Wyck Committee after approval by a community meeting Saturday, March 5.
    To our surprise, the Secretary of State’s office indicated that there was a 15-day notice requirement that could not be waived. We were instructed to bring the incorporation proposal back for filing on March 22.

  • Column: Trump-mania not so hard to understand

    The Trump phenomenon has been the biggest story in this election cycle, and there are so many who shake their heads in disbelief and can’t understand how he is still in the running.