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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column – Mulvaney: I was sloppy, not greedy

    Mick Mulvaney’s political career, which has rocketed upward since his first election win in 2006, jumped to light speed six weeks ago, when Donald Trump nominated him as White House budget director.
    The guy who quietly blended in at my Rotary breakfast a couple of months back – affable, low-key, not the center of attention – had pole-vaulted into Trump Tower. Suddenly, we were envisioning him a stone’s throw from the Oval Office, with the federal budget in a headlock.

  • Column: A primer on S.C. political corruption

    This is the second in an ongoing series about political corruption and ethics reform in South Carolina.

    Directly across the street from the State House, on the corner of Gervais and Main Street in Columbia, is a bar called The Whig. To get there, you descend a dank, dark grimy covered stairway, go through an unmarked black door and into an even more dank, dark and grimy room.
    On their website, The Whig proudly displays a seal proclaiming itself  “North America’s Greatest Dive Bar.”

  • Column: Building a better health-care system

    Eight years ago, then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated that we would have to pass the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in order to figure out what was in it.
    Thanks to that irresponsible logic, the American people were forced into a health-care system that is unable to keep the promises on which it was sold.
    We all remember President Obama’s mantra that if you liked your doctor you would keep them, that premiums and deductibles would go down, that we would have more insurance choices and that Medicare would be protected at all costs.

  • Letter: Trump must keep country together

    My name is Christine M. Taylor. I am writing in response to Dr. L. Brooks Walker’s column in last Wednesday’s paper, “Give Trump a chance, don’t disrupt government.”
    When President Trump was campaigning, he showed his true colors in word and deed. This was and is the real Trump. Let’s not try to dress it up. Yes, he is our president, but we as a people can agree to disagree with him.
    Trump has a lot of work to do in such a little time. But do it the right way.

  • Column: Follow the example of Nineveh

    In Matthew 12:41, Jesus Christ declared that the men of Nineveh “repented at the preaching of Jonas.”  

    Nineveh was a great but wicked city of the Assyrian Empire. God commanded his prophet Jonah to go and “cry against it.”  

    After disobeying God and nearly drowning for his defiance, Jonah confessed his sin and was given a second chance to fulfill his commission.   

  • Column: Give Trump time to prove his leadership

    Donald Trump has taken the oath of office to serve this great country as our commander in chief. The next chapter of American political history has begun.
    The country will begin to move in a different direction from that of the past eight years. President Trump has made many promises of the changes he will implement as he leads our nation. There are those who are in total agreement with the changes he has enumerated, and then there are those who adamantly oppose those changes.

  • Letter: Medical marijuana is a dangerous idea

    It was shocking to read in The Lancaster News  that Rep. Mandy Powers Norrell (D-44) is supporting a bill in the state legislature to legalize medical marijuana. (She called it medical cannabis but that definition is the same as marijuana.)
    Doesn’t she know that marijuana is a gateway drug? Doesn’t she know the medical attachment is just a step in the legalization of its use?

  • Letter: Thank you to staff at Youth Innovations

    This is a letter of appreciation to recognize the great efforts of those at the Youth Innovations after-school program.
    My granddaughter is a participant in the program, and she also suffers from a seizure disorder that often causes her to miss school and makes learning a bit more challenging at times. My granddaughter has been attending the after-school program since October 2016, and has made the A-B Honor Roll every reporting period since.