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Today's Opinions

  • Column: S.C. needs to save up for the lean times ahead

    The state Comptroller General’s office released its annual budget report last month, giving citizens insight into the sources of state revenue and how that money was spent as well as suggestions for future spending. Here’s the bottom line: The government needs to spend less.

    According to the report, the General Fund this year accumulated $7.582 billion in revenue, slightly more than the $7.271 billion collected during fiscal 2016. However, it states, “the revenue growth rate has been slowing during the past two fiscal years.”

  • Letter: Wishing you peace amid life’s struggles

    Sept. 5, 2003, is a day that I will carry with me forever. It was the day my mother passed away.

    Every year since her death, I start to change as the anniversary of her passing comes closer. I get depressed and angry, and other emotions come into play. I have gotten better at dealing with them as time as passed, but nevertheless they still come.

  • Letter: Your article completely misrepresents our hotel

    “Lancaster Police Chief Scott Grant strolls past the numbered doors of Carriage Inn rooms, sniffing for marijuana fumes escaping through the air-conditioning vents.”

    This beginning to the story on Sunday’s front page is a complete disgrace. For one thing, the article had nothing to do with The Carriage Inn, so your reporter started the article without any evidence that the police chief had any cause or warrant to come onto the hotel property to “search” for marijuana.

  • Column: Reinventing public education in S.C.

    Cindi Ross Scoppe is one of the most important people in South Carolina. And, she has recently put forward one of the most important ideas for this state – perhaps the most important – for the last generation or so.
    Now I know that sounds like extreme hyperbole, but bear with me on this one, I think I’m right.
    First, about Scoppe and her idea.

  • Column: Site will show how S.C. uses gas-tax money

    The years-long debate over South Carolina road funding stirred strong feelings all around. While tax-hike advocates made a passionate case about the need for infrastructure repairs, their plan – which raises the fuel tax by 12 cents over six years, in addition to other tax and fee increases – will put a noticeable pinch on our wallets.
    It’s hard to fault those who opposed it, given the ever-increasing demands being placed on them by their various layers of government.

  • Column: Dr. Sims cured a severe malady for many generations of women

    This is a response to last Sunday’s article about controversy over statues honoring Dr. J. Marion Sims.
    The article noted that Dr. Sims used enslaved African-American women for experimental surgeries in the mid-1800s. Let me add some detail and context.

  • Letter: Democrats suffering from statue hysteria

    Your front-page Sunday article about the Marion Sims monument highlights the new Democratic war on the South and their statue hysteria over history. I do not think this will work out well for them.
    It is becoming more obvious every day that we must continue to remove Democrats from public office at every level, along with from our courts, our schools, our borders… and our wallets.
    Might as well call this the return of the flag bullies. We have all seen how pandering and removing the flags has “reduced” hate, violence and crime.

  • Column: False choices limit the path to real change

    Neil Robinson is a man who should be listened to.
    He is an eminent Charleston attorney with a prestigious statewide law firm. He is respected by his peers and community. With his head full of white hair, his well-tailored suits and his air of quiet confidence, he has a distinguished and slightly imposing bearing.
    But none of this is why we should all listen to him.