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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: 2 bizarre weeks in a bewildering political career

    On Monday, Oct. 16, Linda Blackmon called this newspaper and asked to speak to Publisher Susan Rowell, my boss. It was the morning after my column about the new Lancaster City Council member taking a vote that clearly violated state ethics law.
    Susan wasn’t in, so Blackmon asked to speak to me. When I answered, she identified herself cordially and said she wanted to come by the newspaper later that day to talk to me and reporter Mark Manicone, who had been writing news articles about her.
    Fine, I said. When would you like to come?

  • Letter: Blackmon: One-sided coverage of me discredits this newspaper

    I am a firm believer in a free press, but the press, even in a small-town newspaper, has a duty to cover both sides of a story and print the truth.
    I was contacted by many of my supporters and other citizens of Lancaster after Sunday’s editorial concerning my vote and a possible charge of an ethics violation. I would like to set the record straight.
    As for my Oct. 10 vote to approve back pay for my position as the legally elected city council member, let me explain what occurred.

  • Column: 6 questions for gubernatorial candidates

    The S.C. General Assembly is far different than 27 years ago when Operation Lost Trust blew open the cozy culture of the State House with federal charges against 28 legislators and lobbyists in a cash-for-votes sting.
    People went to jail. Some avoided it. Ethics rules were changed to become some of the toughest in the nation as it became virtually impossible for people to buy a cup of coffee legally for a friend in the legislature.  

  • Commentary: Mulvaney talks about his bailiwick: budget, taxes

    Editor’s note: Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and former congressman from Indian Land, appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” Sunday to discuss the Republicans’ budget, which had just passed the Senate, and the president’s tax-reform plans. Here are excerpts of his discussion with host John Dickerson.

  • Letter: Dogs don’t belong in stores, restaurants

    I was in a local discount store today to buy groceries. A couple there had a dog in their basket. According to the manager, they are powerless to do anything due to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
    It would seem to me that animals in shopping carts in grocery stores or animals in restaurants are a sanitation issue.
    Too many people are going online and purchasing “service animal” items and claiming their dog is a service animal. This is wrong. Service animal permits should be regulated with paperwork, just as handicapped parking permits are.

  • Letter: Presidents’ legacies look different to me

    After reading Phil Noble’s column in your Sept. 29 paper, I think he needs to get back to reality and read up on our history.
    First, Franklin Roosevelt didn’t pull us out of the Great Depression. His leftist programs and ideas caused a depression to become the Great Depression. What pulled us out of the Great Depression was World War II, which he led us into by sacrificing thousands of lives at Pearl Harbor.
    Second, Harry Truman might have desegregated the military, but it was segregated during Democratic President Woodrow Wilson’s term.

  • Letter: ‘Stink eye’ might grow you horns

    I was in a place the other day where I had to show all my ID cards. And I thought I had put my cards back in my purse.
    Well, later I looked in there and they were gone.
    Panic isn’t a strong enough word for the way I felt. I really went crazy! “Where the poot is my cards?!” I yelled.
    Oh Lordy, I do not do well in a situation like that. Cool, calm and collected, I am not! These are the cards no one should ever lose – driver’s license, Social Security, Medicare!  

  • Column: Bad idea: Statue of black Confederate soldiers

    Editor’s note: Two Upstate legislators last week proposed a State House monument honoring black soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. In September, Sens. Greg Gregory (R-Lancaster) and Darrell Jackson (D-Richland) proposed a statue of Robert Smalls, a slave who escaped with his family on a stolen Confederate ship, fought for the North and later represented South Carolina in Congress. Dr. Bartley’s column deals with both proposals.