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Today's Opinions

  • Is Public Service Commission secretly approving rate hikes?

    From May 2005 through Oct. 30, 2013, the S.C. Public Service Commission (PSC) raised the average electric bill for SCE&G residential customers 21 times.

    From October 2005 through Jan. 1, the average bill for Duke Energy Carolinas residential customers using the same amount of electricity (1,000 kilowatt hours per month) was raised 14 times, The Nerve found in a review of rates published by the state Office of Regulatory Staff.

  • Advice for White House: Promise less, deliver more

    A few words of advice for the White House: “Promise less and deliver more.”

     By now, most people are aware that some of President Barack Obama’s bold claims about the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, turned out to be untrue.

    That includes his repeated promise that “If you like your health-care plan, you can keep it.”

  • Help keep drunken drivers from cranking their ignitions

    On New Year’s Day 2012, Emma Longstreet was going to church with her family at 11 a.m. when a car ran a red light and slammed into their van, instantly killing Emma and critically injuring her mother, father and three brothers.

    After drinking until 5:30 a.m. and sleeping just a few hours that morning, the driver of the car, Billy Patrick Hutto Jr., still had a blood-alcohol concentration of almost 0.2, more than twice the legal limit.

  • IL growth boom worrisome

    I am really concerned about the big growth boom in Indian Land.

    Approved new developments coming include:

    u Queensbridge – 234 apartments and 249 homes on Collins Road

    u Retreat at Rayfield – 383 homes

    u Ansley Park – 36 homes and 130 townhomes on U.S. 521

    u Enclave at Bailes Ridge – 246 apartments on S.C. 160

    u Tree Tops – 800 homes, Van Wyck Road

    u Doby’s Bridge – 145 townhomes

    u Estates of Audubon Lakes – 125 homes at Barberville Road

  • Writer compels Haley to fix roads

    Editor’s note: Following is a copy of letter Lancaster resident Thaddeus Sexton Jr. sent to S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley.

    Dear Gov. Haley,

    Rowell Road in Lancaster County is only 2.3 miles long. There are about 40 houses on the road and it is one of the major roads, which lead to Tabernacle United Methodist Church. I’ve included some pictures that were taken recently to show the condition of the road.

  • Putin’s takeover akin to Hitler’s?

    Alice in Wonderland may forever give up her looking glass, because nothing in her world makes sense any longer.

    Oh, my! I must be living in Wonderland, because the same thing is happening in my world.

    How do the civilized nations of this world allow the Russian president to do as he pleases and do nothing but shake the proverbial big stick back at him?

    Here is a fictional scenario:

    PUTIN: I am reclaiming Crimea, because ethnic Russians want to come home.

    WORLD: OK, as long as you stop there.

  • Articles bring back cherished memories of Main Street

    I spent a delightful Sunday afternoon revisiting Main Street thanks to Cherry Doster’s and Cole Waddell’s reflections in their articles, “Town used to mean Main Street,” in the March 23 edition of The Lancaster News. While looking longingly at the photos (courtesy of Travis Bell), it was once again one of those lovely Saturdays when we went “to town.”

  • Transparency a key to quality government

    Each year, the week that includes March 16 is designated as “Sunshine Week.”

    It’s a time to remind government officials about the laws that govern them, laws that require meetings to be held in the open and public records to be made available to citizens. Sunshine Week aims to advance the idea that government works best when the sun is permitted to shine in.