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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: Come join the jousting match of ideas

    I encounter angry people often in this job, and that’s OK.
    Usually it’s because of something we published, like a recent story about a young man charged with several violent crimes. His mother called to scream at me that we had no right to drag him through the mud this way, that we should wait to see if he’s convicted. I listened for a while, but when she started repeating herself, I told her I understood why she was angry and said goodbye.

  • Column: S.C. House bill confirms party caucuses are public

    This editorial ran in thenerve.org, an online publication of the S.C. Policy Council, an independent, nonprofit research group promoting free-market policies and government transparency.

    Exactly one year ago, The Nerve’s Rick Brundrett published a story on how legislative caucuses – the General Assembly’s partisan strategizing organizations – somehow get to avoid being designated as public entities. This despite the fact that they meet, rent-free, in public office space and by definition deal with public business.

  • Column: Jettisoning pervasive negativity

    A few news items, two from South Carolina and two national:
    Item one: S.C. Attorney General Alan Wilson called David Pascoe (the special prosecutor that Wilson appointed) a “liar” over his handling of a public corruption case.
    It began with a barrage of harsh words from Wilson delivered with great heat and passion and ended with a flurry of papers filed in court. Gov. Nikki Haley called the whole thing “an embarrassing mess.”  There’s no reason to think it won’t continue for a while.

  • Letter: Proud of Indian Land Middle School and all of its supporters

    I want to thank Principal Chris Thorpe and all the staff at Indian Land Middle School for all the guidance they provide for our kids.
    I feel safe letting my child out in the morning, knowing he will get the best of care.
    The front-office staff is always very efficient and kind every time I ask for help. And all the great teachers do so much for our kids. And thank you to our special police officer for the great way he keeps us safe and on time.

  • Schmidt letter: N.C. HB2 law is not bigotry

    North Carolina’s HB2 law is simple and proper – only use the restroom that matches your biological sex.
    Apple and Cisco, among other companies, are insisting that North Carolina force everyone to accept or allow people to use the restroom of their choice. They are threatening to leave the state. Why aren’t they threatening to leave Iran or Saudi Arabia, who are actually murdering homosexuals?

  • Brown column: Habitat helps by leveraging strengths of its volunteers

    How do you feel when you help make someone else’s dream come true? That’s what you’re doing when you volunteer to work on a Habitat home.
    Most folks who have done it will tell you it’s gratifying and can be downright addicting.
    National Volunteer Week is a fitting time to celebrate the people who make the work of Habitat for Humanity of Lancaster County possible. Volunteers are the heartbeat of Habitat. We are grateful for our current volunteers and looking for more.

  • Wilt column: Ugly, traffic-slowing designs mandated by county council

    I have heard a lot of comment over the last few weeks about how the new storage unit buildings that have gone up on U.S. 521 in Indian Land are unattractive, with their flat facades facing the road, parallel to the road and only a few feet back from the road.

  • Chavis letter: McCoy needs better reason to run

    Billy McCoy has filed to run for sheriff of Lancaster because, quote, “He (Sheriff Faile) has been in office long enough.” Also, he states that Sheriff Faile has relatives who once were sheriff. What does that have to do with Barry Faile?
    In my opinion, there is no time limit for the office of sheriff as long as the job is getting done, and that it is. Sheriff Faile and his department are doing an excellent job, so why change?
    Billy McCoy, if that is your main reason for running for sheriff of Lancaster, then you should rethink this idea.