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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Lawmakers need to deal with nuclear plant debacle

    The General Assembly will be back in session starting in January, and although this year’s session covered a lot of ground, the next one likely will bring big challenges.
    Today, I’ll explain one of those issues – the abandonment of the V.C. Summer nuclear plant project in Fairfield County. Part two of my legislative preview Sunday will deal with pension reform and the opioid crisis.

  • Column: Sheriff’s Indian Land estimates raise parity issue across county

    Friday’s Lancaster News article on law-enforcement costs for an incorporated Indian Land highlights a significant discrepancy in charges for similar services throughout the county.
    Until this year, the sheriff’s office provided law enforcement services for the incorporated area of Heath Springs. When the cost for those services increased from $23,500 to $38,500 earlier this year, Heath Springs chose not to renew the contract.  Presumably, they still receive some level of coverage from the sheriff because they are still part of Lancaster County.

  • Column: Guns essential for protection against crime, totalitarianism

    Ninety-eight percent of mass shootings in America since the 1950s, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, have occurred in gun-free zones. That is why people die, because it’s the place of choice for the mentally ill perps. No one to shoot back.

  • Column: Prosecute bureaucrats who fail to put criminals on no-buy list

    In his Sunday column, the editor expressed legitimate concerns about the deaths that have occurred in several recent mass shootings.
    He mentioned the failure of the Air Force to forward information to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, that would have precluded Devin Patrick Kelley from acquiring the firearms that he used in the shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

  • Column: Churches, protect yourselves by letting CWP holders carry

    In the last two years, there have been three incidents at churches in Charleston, Antioch, Tenn., and Sutherland Springs, Texas, where a man with a gun entered the church and began shooting.
    Thirty-six people were killed and many more wounded. In each of these shootings, the helpless victims were trapped and unable to defend themselves.

  • Column: Democratic policies hurt the country’s middle class

    Bobby Collins’ column in the Nov. 15 paper said some things that I need to respond to.
    But first, Mr. Collins, thank you for riding on the Democrat truck in the Lancaster Veterans Day parade in support of veterans. I was out of town and could not be with my veteran friends.

  • Column: Don’t let 1 high-return year obscure need for pension fix

    The Public Employee Benefit Authority – the agency responsible for administering the state’s retirement plans – recently released its annual report assessing the South Carolina Retirement System (SCRS).
    In a huge upswing from previous years, the state’s pension investments performed very well during fiscal 2016-17, returning a rate of 11.88 percent on investment.

  • Letter: Must slow down S.C. 5, U.S. 521

    Are any police departments going to slow down traffic on S.C. 5 and U.S. 521?
    I live on Highway 5 and can’t get out on the road to go somewhere.
    On Halloween I was on 5 and a dump truck was on my bumper from Tenacity Court to the cement plant. It almost ran into me when I pulled off to let him by. There have been three times since then.
    I try to drive the speed limit, but the trucks don’t. Highway 5 and 521 are racetracks.

    Ann Clark
    Lancaster