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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Mullikin gets backing of top Mulvaney aide

    I am endorsing Tom Mullikin to replace U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney in South Carolina’s 5th District. My reasoning is simple: Tom is the best man for the job.
    That said, this is not an endorsement I take lightly, nor did I decide to lend my support without great reflection and consideration. Fact is, I have other friends in the district who are also campaigning for Mick’s former House seat.

  • Column: These S.C. ethics bodies just aren’t working — and we have proof

    Last week the S.C. House approved the first round of nominees for the state’s new Ethics Commission, and Sen. John Courson appeared before a judge to post bond dealing with criminal ethics-violation charges.
    These two events, which happened within hours of each other, are the perfect backdrop to show how South Carolina’s current ethics system has failed us and how the law that will take effect this month will likely suffer the same fate.

  • Letter: Parnell’s expertise will solve problems

    I am writing to express my full support for Democrat Archie Parnell to fill the 5th District congressional seat left open by Republican Mick Mulvaney’s appointment in the president’s administration.
    At this critical time in our district’s and country’s history, this special election presents a unique chance to flip the 5th District back from Republican to Democratic control.

  • Letter: America wanders like the Israelites

    I am writing because it seems as if we are living in a world where we are as lost as the Israelites were in the wilderness for 40 days and 40-nights.
    The handwriting is on the wall. Please read it, President Trump.
    Paul Ryan’s health-care bill was for the rich, not for the working poor. President Reagan once said, “There is no more middle class now. It is the working poor.” So watch yourself when you talk about the “poor.” The only difference is that they don’t have a job.

  • Letter: Writer’s position on IL incorporation ‘hypocritical’

    In her letter to the editor published March 29, Ginger Sheridan of Sun City Carolina Lakes voiced her opinion against the incorporation of Indian Land because of the costs involved. Her primary objection seemed to be that incorporation is not worth the additional taxes to support the town.

  • Column: We won’t defeat terrorists under normal rules of war

    As Westerners, most of us will probably never understand the mentality of terrorists. Nor will we accept their actions. The perversion of a religion seems to be the root cause of so many of these acts around the world.
    Charismatic speakers reach out and touch the lost people of a society. These sad individuals are so desperate for something to give meaning to their lives that they are willing to sacrifice those same lives for the “greater glory,” as espoused by these evil leaders.

  • House update: Bills on HOAs, school funding move forward

    As we get closer to the end of the legislative session, I am glad to report that legislation affecting House District 45 has begun to move through the General Assembly. I wanted to give you an update on these three issues: homeowners association reform,  public education funding and school choice.

    HOA reform

  • Letter: Writer supports Compassionate Care Bill

    Is it willful ignorance or a total lack of compassion that caused Lancaster County Council to unanimously oppose the S.C. Compassionate Care Bill, which would allow physicians to write medical marijuana prescriptions for certain diseases and medical conditions?
    As of today, 28 states have legalized medical marijuana to help relieve pain in certain serious medical conditions. Studies have shown that medical marijuana use often reduces the need for opiates, which are far more powerful drugs that can lead to addiction and overdose deaths.