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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Session ends with no fix for FOIA – aaaarrrrrgh!

    Editor’s note: This editorial ran in the Index-Journal of Greenwood.

    Oops, they did it again!
    Only it’s not an oops. It’s more of a rude, crude one-finger salute directed at you, the public, the taxpayers.
    South Carolina’s lawmakers have had six years to come to grips with measures designed to strengthen the state’s Freedom of Information Act, thanks to Aiken Rep. Bill Taylor and others who recognized years ago that real reform was needed in an effort to create better and more transparent government, government that is accountable to the people.

  • LETTER: Wallace: Consider my hands-on experience as deputy auditor
  • LETTER: Murphy: Spent half my life serving Lancaster County's citizens

    Editor’s note: At the beginning of primary campaign season, we offered candidates a chance to write one letter to the editor before the June 14 vote explaining why they should be elected. In the race for Lancaster County auditor, we ran a letter from Allen Blackmon June 1. Below are letters from the other two candidates in the race. This will be the last opinion page items on the local election before Tuesday’s voting.

  • Column: Sorting out what’s true, what’s spin not so easy

    Someone asked why I hadn’t written anything lately, and I said that my last article was not published because the editor felt I needed more verifications of my sources.
    At first it bothered me, and I felt he doubted my integrity. But after consideration I realized he was right to doubt because, as I told the editor, “there is so much information available from numerous sources that I often consider something factual if it has multiple sources in agreement,” but in today’s world of TV, radio, print media and Internet, that is not always true.

  • Column: Fred Sheheen was an S.C. institution

    We were shocked and saddened to hear about the passing of Fred Sheheen today. Fred was a South Carolina institution who devoted his life to lifting up all of us.
    As a young journalist, his reports on the Civil Rights Movement told stories of injustice that helped spur a nation to act. He played his own part in the long march toward justice as an aide to Gov. Donald Russell, during whose tenure our state took fitful yet peaceful steps toward desegregation.

  • Column: S.C. riding a bike, while race cars whiz past

    Consider the following S.C. and national unemployment numbers from recent news reports:
    For April 2016, the S.C. unemployment rate rose for the second month in a row, to 5.8 percent, up a bit from 5.7 percent in March. This is bad.
    The April unemployment rate across South Carolina ranged from a high of 9.1 percent in Allendale County to a low of 4.34 percent in Lexington County. This is good or bad, depending on where you live.

  • Column: Let’s pull together for a day of unity

    Lancaster is one of the most beautiful cities in the South and is known as the “The Red Rose City.”
    When people identify a town, city, state or a nation, they’re not just talking about buildings, streets, businesses, churches or schools. They’re talking about the people of that city.
    Lancaster is my hometown. As a citizen and minister of the Gospel, I have a great love and compassion for all people, especially hometown folks.

  • Letter: Thanks to all who helped make candidates forum a success

    The 2016 Before You Vote Candidates Forum on May 26 at Inspiration Ministries/Cross Ridge was a great success.
    We want to thank all the Indian Land residents who took this opportunity to meet and listen to the candidates. I am sure they went  home with new information to help them vote on June 14.
    Rick Jiran, vice president of communications with Duke Power, was a fantastic moderator. Thank you and we want you back.  
    The Rev. David Bender of Faith Presbyterian Church, thank you  for a moving invocation.