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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Rudest judge I’ve encountered gets maneuvered off the bench

    Something remarkable happened in S.C. legal and political circles this past Tuesday. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission.
    News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge Kristi Harrington in an anonymous survey. The surveys revealed that many lawyers who had appeared before this judge thought she was unqualified by temperament to serve. Those survey results were not the only speed bump in Judge Harrington’s path.

  • Homelessness is regular guys getting chance to restart lives

    I stand on the porch with six homeless men.
    They’re chatting, smoking cigarettes, picking on the youngest guy in the group about his rapping skills.
    And I’m taking it all in – writing notes, snapping photos, listening to their stories.
    Ten men are staying in a home on Trestle Lane, part of Lancaster’s old mill hill. They’re in a 90-day program organized by the nonprofit Citadel House, and they’re trying to get back on their feet.
    I’ve seen poor people before.

  • Column: S.C. lawmakers shouldn’t gripe about counties’ spending habits

    In a recent House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting, state lawmakers expressed great concern about the responsibility of county spending practices.
    Let’s be clear: County spending habits are technically no concern of the state, from a jurisdictional perspective. However, the law requires the General Assembly to set aside 4.5 percent of last year’s general fund revenue for the local government fund (LGF) to cover state mandates on counties and municipalities.

  • Letter: Sun City dweller is feeling gouged

    I read your Nov. 26 article with interest regarding Indian Land jobs and skyrocketing income.
    We purchased our home in Sun City 10½ years ago for cash after selling our home in Raintree (N.C.) after 24-plus years.
    In all these years, I have always felt gouged at the Water Department since two seniors (wife and myself) pay on average $60 per month for water. Our home in Charlotte was almost twice the size, three children still lived with us then and the water was about half the cost.

  • Column: Tributes to an S.C. pioneer, Chief Justice Ernest Finney

    Ernest Finney, former chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, died Sunday at his home in Columbia. He was 86.
    Finney, a Virginia native, was a hero in the state’s judicial community, a well-known legislator and accomplished civil-rights attorney. He broke racial barriers throughout his life, becoming a Supreme Court justice in 1985 and chief justice in 1994, the first African-American to hold those positions since Reconstruction.

  • Column: Government isn’t meant to tax away income inequality

    In his Friday opinion column, Bobby Collins made an impassioned argument concerning income inequality, a common Democratic talking point.
    The Declaration of Independence asserts that certain rights are unalienable, and “that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution asserts that you will be happy or that you will achieve your desires.

  • Column: George Washington got it right: Religion, morality indispensable

    American morality is crashing down around us today in our government officials, entertainment moguls and media stars. Why is that?
    George Washington was a very wise man. To understand his wisdom and its source, read his farewell address of 1796. He said in part, “…of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports…. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be managed without religion.”
    Washington knew why things went wrong over 200 years ago.

  • Letter: Transplant will vote no to incorporation

    I read with dismay the news about the Indian Land incorporation initiative. I am relocating with my family from Pennsylvania to South Carolina for the warm weather, nice people and especially the low taxes and low cost of living.