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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: I know something about law enforcement officers

    I am responding to Michael Jedson’s letter in Friday’s paper about the Billy McCoy situation, which called me uninformed about police procedures.
    My father was W.M. “Doc” Estridge. He was a city and county police officer from the 1950s until he retired in the ‘70s. My son, Deputy James Brent McCants, was 23 years old when he was shot and murdered on Dave Lyle Boulevard in Rock Hill in the line of duty on Sept. 25, 1992. Brent was a sheriff’s deputy for York County. He also worked for the city of Rock Hill.

  • Letter: Voters likely won’t forgive candidate McCoy’s missteps

    The attack on Brian Melton in Friday’s newspaper is another example of what we have come to expect from rabid left-wing Democratic operatives like Michael Jedson.
    Mr. Jedson and his ilk preach tolerance, but only insofar as those who agree with them. Anyone who disagrees with the liberal orthodoxy of the day is immediately branded as an intolerant bigot.

  • Column: Give Local: Fundraising goes digital

    One of my favorite children’s books is Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree,” which chronicles the life of a child growing up beside a tree.
    It is a story of how the tree provides for the boy throughout his lifetime. First the tree offers apples, then climbing branches, finally shade and rest for the older man as he reflects on his life. In this tale, the tree is the teacher or coach, the boy is the student. Viewed another way, the tree is the community, the boy its citizen.

  • Column: Infrastructure investments essential to S.C.

    The S.C. legislature is battling over infrastructure improvements in our state. It’s part of a wider debate on how to become truly prosperous, with opportunity for all.
    The “conservative solution” is to cut spending, taxes, regulations and government and not raise the minimum wage. Get government out of the way, and personal responsibility and the free market will create prosperity for all. Some seem to believe that government is bad and cannot do anything right.

  • Column: Mr. Melton, who are you to decide sheriff’s candidate isn’t ‘respectable’?

    This is a response to various recent articles about Billy McCoy, plagiarism, and Barry Faile.
    Starting with the editor’s column, written by Brian Melton, excuse me if my punctuation in this column is “not” correct, or not up to your standards. I have not found any job descriptions for sheriff that list proper punctuation to be a job requirement.
    Who are you to determine if Mr. McCoy is a “respectable candidate”? Have you interviewed him? That’s something for the voters to decide.

  • Letter: On bathroom bill, safety comes first

    Phil Noble’s column about the “bathroom bill” in your April 22 paper is correct on one thing, but then totally wrong on the main issue.
    Yes, we shouldn’t have law enforcement checking people going into restrooms. They have enough to do now. But Mr. Noble writes, “…why don’t we let everyone decide for themselves which bathroom to use.”

  • Column: Simple steps to enhance education in South Carolina

    We all want our children to do better in school, so education reform is a predictable hobbyhorse. And yet, few offer ideas beyond throwing money at the problem or reducing classroom sizes.
    As the son of an educator dad and literacy-coach mom, I offer simple steps to enhance education in South Carolina’s Fifth District, five vital skills required for 21st century success.

  • Column: If bands can make moral choices, why can’t everyone act on beliefs?

    Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and others have the right to cancel their concerts in North Carolina just because they believe that the state’s HB2 law is discriminatory.
    I also believe people and businesses have the right not to do business with people of different beliefs.