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Today's Opinions

  • Column: ‘Fake news’ is out there, but not from journalists

    Fake news. It’s a phrase that became the most memorable takeaway from the 2016 election and the political hangover that still resonates today.
    It should come as no surprise that Oxford Dictionaries proclaimed the 2016 word of the year to be “post-truth,” an appropriate adjective for an era in which some news consumers are less concerned with whether or not something is true than they are with how it makes them feel.

  • Column: Volvo project shows pitfalls of job-luring tax incentives

    Since it secured the Volvo manufacturing plant in July 2015, the state has been celebrating its achievement with promises of stellar economic growth and thousands of jobs for the Berkeley County area.
    A spokesman for Berkeley County was asked if taxpayers would be feeling any effects from Berkeley’s multimillion-dollar investment. He responded, “I think the effect they’re going to feel is a lot of jobs coming to Berkeley County.”

  • Letter: Here’s how NFL players could make a real difference

    President Trump should not have involved himself in the NFL players’ protest. In doing so, he became part of the problem instead of part of the solution.
    I personally disagree with the means of player protest, but I support their right to peacefully protest. None of our citizens should be required to honor the flag. We are not North Korea.

  • Column: Time for a leadership transition in S.C. and for New Democrats

    In the Chinese language, the symbol is the same for crisis and opportunity. For both the state of South Carolina and for the Democratic Party – this truly is a time of both crisis and opportunity.

    First our state’s crisis. Anyone who reads a newspaper knows our state is at the beginning of a political corruption and ethics crisis the likes of which we have not seen in a generation. And add to this the huge, related $9 billion nuclear scandal with SCANA, Santee Cooper and the legislature.

  • Letter: No need for protection against disagreement

    “I don’t agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

    Professor Eric P. Robinson’s thoughtful and well-written guest column last Friday brought those historic words to mind. Unfortunately, they appear to have been forgotten or disregarded in the current social-political debate.

    Some people, notably on our college campuses, seem to believe it is not only their right but their duty to shout down and/or intimidate those whose views they find offensive. 

  • Letter: County needs reliable public transportation

    Please help me understand why Lancaster has no reliable public transportation for the residents to get around.

    Yes, we have the Lancaster Area Ride Service, operated by the Council on Aging, but they only come to certain parts of the county on certain days.

    Do you not realize that you have single mothers that need to get their children to appointments, senior citizens that may have appointments and people in general who want jobs or have jobs they can’t get to because they have no reliable transportation or family?

  • Letter: Noble wrong about SPLC

    Phil Noble talks of hate groups in his Aug. 25 column. He cites the Southern Poverty Law Center to be a great vehicle for fighting hate.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center did good work in the ’70s, but now it’s just a front organization for the progressive left.

    In reality, the SPLC probably has every conservative group on its hate map. If you don’t believe in the ideology of the left, then you’re more than likely on their map. Don’t give the SPLC a dime of your money.

  • Letter: Let’s pray for law officers

    I read Myra McCants’ Sept. 15 letter about her son Brent, a sheriff’s deputy killed in the line of duty 25 years ago.

    This beautiful lady has been through a lot, but she still keeps her faith and love for God.

    Myra, my heart goes out to you. And I ask everyone to pray for our sheriff’s deputies and our sheriff, Barry Faile, and for all police officers everywhere.

    I am 68 years old. Barry and his dad, Williford Faile, are two of the best sheriffs in my time.