.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • Column: Send expert to Washington and restructure flawed system

    April 15 is a day most Americans dread. But for millions of hardworking taxpayers, the completion of tax returns is actually unnecessary.
    The government maintains records showing how much tax has been withheld from their paychecks. Their income is on file. The amount of tax they owe or tax to be refunded is on file, too. Yet tens of millions of hours are wasted with millions of Americans filing their tax returns with information the government already has.

  • Column: Pug Ravenel and the tragedy of what S.C. might have been

    Pug Ravenel died last month. He was 79. Most people living in South Carolina today don’t know who he was or what he did. But they should learn.

    Pug epitomized the triumphs and tragedies of what is and what might have been for South Carolina.
    Full disclosure: I worked for Pug for almost two years when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1978. I was a true believer.

  • Column: Today we celebrate most amazing event in history

    As we look around the world this Easter Sunday, we see the realities of violence, disease and famine, of graphic horrors in places like Syria and Egypt.
    With all this suffering, it is a fitting moment to ask a well-worn question: Why do bad things happen to good people?
    My attempt at an answer would be to examine the word “good.” It’s an extremely relative term. I can look around and find persons with whom I can compare myself, and I can reach the conclusion that compared to them, I am pretty good.

  • Column: Congressional hopefuls need to detail plans for Medicare

    With 15 candidates competing for votes, things are heating up in the special election to fill Mick Mulvaney’s seat in the 5th Congressional District.
    On behalf of our 81,000 members in the 5th District, AARP South Carolina wants to know where these candidates stand on protecting Medicare for the future and their specific position on “premium support” (a.k.a. Medicare vouchers).
    So what are Medicare vouchers?

  • Letter: Background, ideas favor Ralph Norman

    We believe Ralph Norman is the best choice for  Congress of our 5th District. He embodies integrity and conservatism, someone who can benefit all of us given both his political and business experience.
    Ralph recently resigned from the S.C. House after eight years to save taxpayers dollars while focusing on his campaign.
    We staunchly support Ralph Norman because he is a fiscal/ and social conservative who believes in smaller government.

  • Letter: Thanks to everyone who honored my son

    I want to thank S.C. House Speaker Pro Tem Tommy Pope for helping rename the portion of Dave Lyle Boulevard for my son and to thank Mrs. Lyle and her family for okaying it.
    A lot of love went into this. God bless you all and York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson and his family and all the police and others from Lancaster and Rock Hill for being there.
    This was a beautiful thing you all did for my son, Deputy James Brent McCants, who was killed in the line of duty there in 1992. Rock Hill showed the respect and love it has for our police.

  • Column – Crenco owner: Raising gas tax a terrible idea

    I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of our roads not getting fixed every year.

  • Column – Norman: Why I am running for Congress

    Editor’s note: We have offered the 5th District congressional candidates one column apiece to make the case for why they’re the best choice.

    I believe in America because I believe in South Carolina’s 5th District.
    Over the past two months, I have traveled this district. While the individuals I met each had different perspectives, different experiences, different challenges and different hopes, they were all bound by an unabashed optimism. They see, as I do, the incredible potential of our state and country.