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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Noble’s default change won’t solve problems

    Editor’s note: This letter responds to Phil Noble’s Jan. 10 column advocating a change in S.C. gun laws to eliminate the “Charleston loophole.” This loophole allowed Emanuel Nine shooter Dylan Roof to buy a gun, even though he was not legally eligible to, because of a clerical and computer error. Nobel suggested changing the incentives so that there must be a positive approval for a purchase based on a check of the records, as opposed to allowing the purchase as the default position if the records check isn’t completed on time.

  • Norrell: ‘We’ve been duped’ after 25 years of GOP control

    Editor’s note: The S.C. Democratic Party picked Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell to deliver the party’s televised response to Gov. Nikki Haley’s State of the State Address Jan. 20. Here are excerpts of  Norrell’s speech:

    I am Mandy Powers Norrell, and I represent the southern half of Lancaster County in the S.C. House of Representatives.
    Like Gov. Haley, I was also born and raised in rural South Carolina, and educated in our public schools. But while we have similar backgrounds, we see things from different perspectives.

  • Haley agenda: Fix roads, schools

    Excerpts of Gov. Nikki Haley’s sixth State of the State Address, delivered Jan. 20 before a joint legislative session:

    With good reason, we talk a lot about the things South Carolina does well, the records we are breaking, the rankings that show us rising to the top.
    Number one in foreign investment. The number one exporter of tires. One of the fastest growing economies on the East Coast…. All of South Carolina should take pride in those facts. There are others, however, we talk about less. And that we should never be proud of.

  • Column: The little big dream

    I have a dream for the world. My dream is concerning our nation’s problems and the world’s problems. I dream that one day the dreams of others can be lived in a way of peace. My dream includes that very peace that most of us look for in this world and our daily lives. I dream that one day that my dreams will inspire and motivate many generations to come. This is my big dream! Prepare to hear the truth.

  • Column: Imagine what the world could be

    On April 4, 1963, a man named Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream with the world. His dream was not to be rich but to feel rich by sharing kindness with everyone. His dream was that people, as a whole, could look past their differences and live together in harmony because, even though we come from different countries, we speak in different tongues, and we look different, we are all human.

  • Letter: Can’t we incorporate Indian Land without taxing to pay for services?

    A new group has emerged to take control of Indian Land. Unlike the previous Indian Land Voice, it appears they have taken some time to put together some figures and propose specific ideas.
    While I agree that we must take control of the growth in Indian Land, I strongly disagree that we need any county services, such as a parks department or garbage collection. I would prefer to see a solution that would allow for a voluntary zoning and enforcement board/council without having any increase in taxes.

  • Column: Obama’s ideas on guns won’t fix anything

    “We have to be very clear that this is not going to solve every violent crime in this country. It’s not going to prevent every mass shooting. It’s not going to keep every gun out of the hands of a criminal.”
    That was President Obama, speaking last week at his town hall about guns.

  • Column: S.C. ignores law requiring public budget process

    Two years ago this month, then-House Speaker Pro Tem Jay Lucas  sent a spirited letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Brian White, asking him a simple question.
    Would he support Lucas’ desire to see the House,  Senate and governor’s office obey the law on creating the state budget?
    The silence then, and now, is deafening. The most important voices not being heard don’t belong to legislators ducking an issue but the general public who are left out of a budget process they were meant to play a role in but never have.