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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Norman voted against homeowners on HOA board

    Does your housing development have a homeowner’s association?  If so, read this.
    U.S. House District 5 candidate Ralph Norman is a real estate developer and politician. In the S.C. House, he opposed all bills that would allow residents on HOA boards during building. He said that you had to wait until the last house was sold.
    That might result in homeowners not understanding community problems and/or expenses until after the developer leaves.That seems unfair.

    Marvin Reed
    Indian Land

  • Column: McMaster, Trump and saving the planet (and state)

    On Saturday morning, June 3, the newspaper landed with its usual thud on my front porch. As I bent over to pick it up, I saw the headline, “McMaster backs Trump’s exit from climate accord.”
    Instantly, I remembered the words from a radio interview the day before with English businessman Richard Branson (Virgin Airlines and Records et. al) about President Donald Trump’s action. He said, “When the leaders won’t lead, the people will have to just get on with saving the planet; we have no choice.”

  • Column: Why I’m not voting for Ralph Norman

    Hm! U.S. House District 5 Republican candidate Ralph Norman is endorsed by the Koch brothers’ Club for Growth super PAC. He voted against relief aid to South Carolina farmers who had major crop damage during the 2015 floods and against an infrastructure bill that would improve South Carolina roads and transportation.
    And the police officers – are you kidding me? He voted against workers’ compensation if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • Column: Study shows why state’s pension fund is so troubled

    Legislators finalized a budget deal this week that was thought to have patched up the underfunded public employees’ pension plan. While it goes some way to addressing funding, it doesn’t do much to address the fund’s investing and spending.

  • Column: To leapfrog progress for S.C., focus on innovation/digital

    For hundreds of years, we in Western society have thought about things with a linear and incremental mindset. Progress – in society, commerce, science, engineering, etc. – was believed to be something that happens sequentially, usually slowly, with one step leading to another. This mindset is embedded in how we think about things and express ourselves – “steady as she goes… one step at a time… the tortoise wins the race.”

  • Letter: Tribute to those who died for us

    A lot of men and women have given their lives for the red, white and blue.
    To those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation fighting under that flag, and to all the others who served with them, and to all of their families, this country thanks you.
    God bless these brave people, and God bless America.

    Carl M. Miles Sr.
    Lancaster

  • Letter: Readers’ reaction to Noble and AARP columns

    Concerning Friday’s editorial page, obviously we already knew who Democrat Phil Noble was backing. My reaction to his latest diatribe is that we do not need yet another divisive Democrat in Congress. Period.
    As to AARP official Patrick Cobb’s column, we have not forgotten that AARP, a Medicare supplement seller, backed the Obamacare scam. We have not forgotten that the ACA wants to steal $800 billion of senior’s Medicare payments to support their health insurance scam. Subsidies to those making over $120,000 per year is pure vote-buying.

  • Letter: Disappointed with coverage of incorporation forum

    I had the pleasure to attend the “town” meeting regarding the incorporation of Indian Land at Transformation Church a couple of weeks ago.
    I was pleased to see your headline indicating that your reporter had attended the meeting.
    However, I was displeased to see that the coverage was of poor quality and did not take the opportunity to provide the public with the information that was so well presented by the committee representing those persons who support the incorporation of Indian Land.