Today's Opinions

  • Noble Column: S.C. needs to do more about domestic violence

    We’re number 1!
    This is the glorious chant of Clemson football fans these days. They deserve it, and all of us in the state ought to be proud of them.
    (Full disclosure: My wife, son and daughter are all proud USC alums. They bleed garnet – so I’m all too aware that not everyone in South Carolina is proud of Clemson. Fair enough.)

  • Dabney Letter: Springs Memorial Hospital named top-performer

    There is a relationship between evidence-based treatments and better health outcomes.  Springs Memorial Hospital understands this relationship and we are excelling at providing treatment for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care and immunizations.

  • Don’t let flood force automatic tax hike

    We saw it coming, of course. But honestly, I didn’t think it would happen so fast.
    No, no. I’m not talking about the Cubs tanking (It’s 2016, people – that’s our year!). I’m referring to how quickly politicians and government officials went from lip-service compassion for flood victims to calling for a massive tax increase to “fix” the problem.

  • Duty to citizens comes first

    When President Obama says we have Isis contained, he should say we have Isis right where it wants to be. Its members are building a caliphate, not a nation, a theocratic area of control whose borders can and will fluctuate.

  • Let’s be more tolerant of political differences

    While surfing through Facebook, I came across some humorous definitions that I wanted to share. I don’t know who wrote them.
    ◆ Socialist: You have two cows. The government takes one and gives it to your neighbor.
    ◆ Democrat: You have two cows. Your neighbor has none. You feel guilty for being successful. You vote people into office who tax your cows, forcing you to sell one to pay your taxes. The people you voted for then take the tax money and buy a cow and give it to your neighbor. You feel righteous.

  • Box city: Fundraising and raising awareness for homeless

    Recently, my church, Wade Memorial Presbyterian, joined the Lancaster Area Coalition for the Homeless, HOPE of Lancaster Inc. and the Lancaster County Council on Aging to help raise money for the homeless here.
    I asked if anyone would like to spend the night and sleep like the homeless do. I was able to turn in $70 in donations. My son, Sam, agreed to represent his church, St. Luke United Methodist Church, and do this with me. On Sept. 25, we both slept inside a cardboard box at the fairgrounds, where it rained most of the night.

  • Sideline report on the political game

    The workings of a legislature can appear mysterious to those watching in person or at home. While the minutia of political issues is sometimes described as “inside baseball”, the game more closely resembles a defensive struggle in football. Taking that analogy further, one could characterize the four main issues the S.C. Senate dealt with this year as resulting in a touchdown, a field goal, a punt and an overtime period no one saw coming. Here I’ll break down those issues and tell you my position on each, along with what resulted.

  • Economic growth should start on Main Street

    What’s going on with Economic Development? County Council has kicked that dog and nary a bark is heard. For some time, through opinion pieces, I have urged folks to express their feelings about stuff going on and stuff sitting in limbo.
    When I travel down Main Street, tears come to my eyes ‘cause I remember when it was a beehive of commerce. Sure, we got some merchants doing their best to get things going again, but empty storefronts cast a gloom.