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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: The CEO taps on the door: ‘Did we treat you right?’

    I didn’t know who Janice Dabney was when she tapped on the door of my dad’s room just before he checked out of Springs Memorial Hospital for the last time.
    It was February 2015, and I had just moved back to Lancaster after four decades away. Dad had spent eight weeks shuttling between Springs Memorial, its two rehab wings and Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. First an aortic aneurism, then a stroke, and his lymphoma was back.
    At 91, he decided no more hospitals, and we told him that was understandable. He passed away at home three months later.

  • Families endure a pain that will never go away

    Editor’s note: Hannah Strong joined us a year ago, fresh out of Winthrop. Today she begins an occasional column on what her first reporting job is teaching her about herself, her profession and Lancaster County.

    The operator from an S.C. prison says, “You have 15 seconds left on this call.”
    “Let me call you right back,” the woman tells me.
    She has been jailed for attempted armed robbery  since 2013.
    I’m talking to her because her 19-year-old son has been shot dead in Lancaster.

  • Column: The holes in state’s shield law

    A judge is considering whether to hold S.C. political blogger Will Folks in contempt and possibly jail him for refusing to reveal a confidential source.
    The case points out an intentional gap that South Carolina left in its reporters’ shield law. In most other states, Folks would not be facing possible jail time.

  • Column: Court: Newberry County must pay $13K for open-meetings violation

    Anyone who has attended a meeting of a public body where the body has gone into executive session has probably been left in the dark about what was being discussed in the executive session.

  • Letter: Holt tried to stop overdevelopment

    I’m responding to the county council’s ousting of Planning Commission member Jerry Holt.
    Commissioner Holt was an advocate of protecting the River Road property from overdevelopment that could impact Indian Land High School and Indian Land Middle School. He had the diligence to foresee that adding multiple apartments to the area not only would have a negative impact on River Road, but would add traffic to Doby’s Bridge Road, which would be unable to support the added traffic, endangering the students in the elementary school on Doby’s Bridge Road.

  • Column: Bad stuff can happen if state twists policies to attract jobs

    As the S.C. Policy Council has been compiling this year’s “Best and Worst of the General Assembly,” I couldn’t help noticing a recurring theme: economic development-related bills.
    Some are overt, like one that would create two new grant programs and a grant fund to further integrate economic development into the state’s school system.
    Others are not, such as the bill that offers a tax credit for purchasing S.C. produce. The credit is capped, which means not everyone who applies will get it.

  • Column: Graham: Take Obamacare funding and give it to states as block grants

    After Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Monday night that he lacked the votes to proceed on the latest plan to replace Obamacare, Sen. Lindsey Graham urged him to consider an alternative that Graham released last week with Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.). Here’s a statement Graham released about the Graham-Cassidy plan:

    It’s time for a new approach to repealing and replacing Obamacare. I have worked with Sen. Bill Cassidy, a medical doctor, on this latest proposal.

  • Column: The cutting edge of today’s education? Computer code

    All the way from the boardrooms of tech executives in Silicon Valley to the kindergarten class at Voyager Charter School in Charleston, the coding movement is sweeping the country.
    So, who is behind the coding movement?