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Today's Opinions

  • No resident should be a prisoner in own home

    Imagine looking out the window of your home and watching a drug transaction in your front yard. Imagine standing helplessly by as neighborhood thugs laugh and take your furniture from your porch. Imagine an elderly widow cowering in her living room as teens pummel her house with rocks and mock her.
    You don’t have to imagine these scenes. They’re real. They happen almost every day in certain areas of the county, specifically the city of Lancaster.

  • Low taxes, low spending? Don’t be fooled

    Legislative leaders are busy spinning their new budget as “fiscally conservative.” Taxpayers shouldn’t be fooled. What’s really true? At about $22 billion, this year’s budget is the largest in state history. Spending grew by almost $1 billion.
    Lawmakers funded much of state government with hidden taxes through fees. More than one-third of state government is paid for with federal dollars that come with heavy mandates and costs for South Carolina taxpayers.

  • Gamecock fever cures ills

    During the final week of June in the Palmetto State, the health of a large majority of state residents was likely greatly impacted.
    For sure there was sleep deprivation, not to mention some rising stress levels and skipping heartbeats.
    S.C. Sen. John Courson (R-Richland County), who noted he takes blood pressure medication, said another night might likely had done him in. He added quite likely the next day would have brought a vacant senate seat in the state legislature.

  • 12 S.C. school districts spend $87,000 on trip

    School districts across South Carolina spent more than $87,000 last April to send board members to a three-day conference in San Francisco.
    Board members from at least 12 different districts used public money to attend the three-day long National School Boards Association (NSBA) Annual Conference in California.
    Several brought spouses with them. Expenses included airline tickets, lodging, conference registration, meals, ground transportation and, in some cases, unitemized daily per-diem checks for the three-day event.

  • South Carolina needs CPAs in its government accounting positions

    As a certified public accountant (CPA) for a major international public accounting firm in the 1980s, I wrote a proposal to audit the state’s books for the first time ever.
    The proposal was accepted, and I assembled a team of CPAs to accomplish this colossal task.
    Needless to say, this experience gave me unique insights into state finances.
    One of those insights is that there are far too few professional accountants working in the accounting departments of government agencies.

  • Don’t let heat ruin summer for you

    We really don’t need the temperature, heat index and ozone forecast to tell us it’s hot. All we have to do is step outside and get slapped with heat and humidity.
    Weather forecasters could just hit rewind each morning for the next couple of months. But that is to be expected because it is summer – the time of the year that allows us to do so much of what we love to do outdoors – play ball, swim, camp, cook out and much, much more.

  • Are we losing our place in the world?

    Do you feel the massive earthquake that is shaking up the Middle East? According to the Washington Post, the U.S. relationship with Saudi Arabia is at an all-time low.
    There is an increasing friction with the Obama administration and the Saudi government feels that America has proven to be an incompetent ally, incapable of conducting a coherent foreign policy.
    Did Obama make a mistake in driving Mubarak out of Egypt? Now Egypt is headed down a path to an Islamic fundamentalist takeover.

  • Be safe, have fun on Fourth of July

    The United States of America will celebrate its 235th birthday on the Fourth of July. And since Independence Day falls on a Monday this year, most of us will have a long weekend to enjoy the federal holiday.
    The midsummer holiday commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring America’s independence from Great Britain.
    It is a day of celebration, from the backyard to the pool, river or beach. Popular forms of celebration and observance include picnics, parades, cookouts, concerts, baseball games and family reunions.