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Today's Opinions

  • Column: I think it’s time to put aside ideals, get bloodthirsty

    We have reached a point where we, as Americans, must make a decision.
    Do we adhere strictly to the values that have shaped our nation, or do we accept that as the world changes, so must our value system? If the world functioned in a rational, civilized manner, the old ways would always be the right ways and we could go on forever, avoiding change.
    Sadly, we can all see that things, they are a-changing’.

  • Column: Restrooms: Where did this lunacy come from?

    What have I missed? I am completely baffled, perplexed, beyond confused.
    I sometimes feel like a modern-day Rumpelstiltskin – like I have somehow drifted off into a 20-year sleep, and have now awakened in a different time and place. My country has somehow morphed into a place with which I no longer can identify. And it has happened so quickly, so dramatically, that I am perplexed as to how this transformation has taken place.

  • Column: Ideas for fixing S.C. higher ed

    We all know that the success of our higher education system is vital to the success of our state.
    This column is not about all the good things or all the failings of our individual institutions of higher education. Let’s just say we have some great institutions and some not-so-great ones. At the great institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well. At the weaker institutions, we do some things well and some things not so well.
    In short, there’s room for improvement at all of them.

  • Column: S.C. marriage bill has feeble underpinnings

    In December 2014, a bill was introduced in the S.C. Senate by Larry Grooms of District 37 and Danny Verdin of District 9. The bill asks Congress to hold a convention of the states for the sole purpose of amending the U.S. Constitution to allow states to define and regulate marriage.
    This bill arrived in the Senate one month after the Supreme Court agreed to review a same-sex marriage case because the circuit courts had given conflicting rulings on the constitutionality of marriages of this variety. A ruling on the case would set a national legal precedent.

  • Letter: Springs Memorial thanks volunteers

    Author Kurek Ashley wrote: “The quality of your life will be determined by the quality of your contribution. When you work to improve the lives of others, then your life improves automatically.”
    This is a very fitting quote for this time of year, as we at Springs Memorial Hospital honor our volunteers next week during National Volunteer Week.

  • Column: Why is USC storing water purchased for flood victims?

    One of the University of South Carolina’s biggest embarrassments of recent years is currently hiding another.

  • Column: Congressional candidate makes case for change

    Editor’s note: Ray Craig, a Republican from Lake Wylie running in the June 14 primary against incumbent U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney of Indian Land, spoke to the Hickory Grove Volunteer Fire Department on Monday. Here are some excerpts.

  • Letter: Sheriff has proved he can do the job

    I read the March 30 article about Billy McCoy running against Sheriff Barry Faile. Mr. McCoy said Lancaster needs a change.
    Barry Faile has done a lot for Lancaster in cleaning up crime. Why do we need a change? We don’t. We need Barry Faile, who has done and can keep doing the job.
    Talk is cheap, but Barry has proven himself many times over. Our sheriff’s reputation speaks for itself.

    Carl M. Miles
    Lancaster