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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Treasurer: Watch those tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and are looking forward to a busy 2017, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon. All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 17 and the late penalties can be costly, so don’t be late!

  • Column: The fallacy of the ‘Charleston loophole’

    There has been extensive discussion of the so-called “Charleston loophole” by which Dylann Roof was allegedly permitted to purchase the handgun used in the nine murders at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Zion Church on June 17, 2015.
    At a Chicago rally last Feb. 17, Hillary Clinton said the following: “All we want is common sense. We want comprehensive background checks that close the gun-show loophole and online loophole. We want to close what is called the Charleston loophole.

  • Column: Democrats, get some new blood, leave the walking dead at home

    Mandy Powers Norrell was reelected to the S.C. House in November. I think she and her husband, Mitch, are the best lawyers in Lancaster.
    And she’s a Democrat! I’m a Republican – yay Trump!
    We need to unite, America. But for that to happen, the Democratic Party needs new blood. People like Mandy can bring smarts to the party.

  • Column: S.C. should try Oregon’s Vote By Mail

    Oregon’s Vote By Mail system offers a model that for South Carolina would save millions of dollars to buy new voting machines, avoid long lines for voting, and ensure the security of election results.
    It is used for all elections: federal, state and local, whether primary, general or special, and has been in operation for roughly 25 years. One result is increased voter participation by working parents and senior citizens. The system makes voter fraud virtually impossible, and research has shown that the system favors neither party.

  • Column: America flirts with its own destruction

    How does a great and powerful civilization die?
    What happened to the Roman Empire or Spanish Empire? They were not beaten by enemies outside their borders.
    In 1969 I was in the Navy when America landed men on the moon. We were very excited for America and its great  accomplishment. What would be our next step? Colonies on the moon and travel to Mars?

  • Letter: Take Noble up on his gun ideas

    I avoid arguing about guns because the exchanges usually generate a lot of heat and little light. But I feel compelled to respond to Phil Noble’s column this past Sunday.
    I am in my mid-70s, married, with an adult daughter. I retired to South Carolina four years ago after 40 years as a forensic psychologist. I have never raised my hand to another human being in my adult life.

  • Letter: Sharing Christmas with family is always the best gift of all

    At Christmas dinner, our granddaughter’s fiancé asked everyone around the table to tell him what our favorite Christmas present had been. When my turn came, I said something like, “I can’t say. Maybe I haven’t had it yet.”

  • Column: Keep S.C. schools safe; Guns for all

    The coming year could go down as historic in South Carolina – the year we finally get serious about having a safe state, protecting our citizens and ensuring our liberties.
    And if we do, much of the credit will go to Rep. Steven Long, R- Boiling Springs, and Rep. Russell Fry, R-Myrtle Beach. They have introduced legislation to allow anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry their gun in K-12 schools and on college campuses. These men are true patriots.