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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Studying the world’s best schools

    Did you ever wonder what a truly great school looks like?
    In doing research with the U.S. News and World Report rankings of high schools, I learned that the top three high schools, and five of the top seven in the country, were run by BASIS – a chain of 27 tuition free, charter, private and international schools in five states, Washington, D.C., and China.

  • Column: Negativism, resistance to president must end so we can solve problems

    The recent shootings of unarmed members of Congress on a baseball practice field in Virginia is just the latest, but most serious, of a series of reactions to the election of our president.
    The shooter was dispatched by two brave security officers on the scene and will be no cost to the taxpayers while he awaits trial.
    This behavior must cease, and we need to face up to the atmosphere that feeds this kind of cowardly action by misfits in our society.

  • Column: County GOP looks ahead to ’18 cycle of elections

    With 2018 coming quickly, Lancaster County Republicans are gearing up for another successful year, following a number of historic wins in 2016 – including seating our first Republican auditor and coroner, and seeing Sheriff Barry Faile win by the largest-ever general election margin in a local sheriff’s race.

  • Column: Rejecting simple, easy, wrong answers

    “For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.”  – H.L. Mencken
    The S.C. legislature seems to live by this. We have some very big and complex problems in this state, and our lawmakers are masters at coming up with clear, simple, wrong answers. Three stories in the news last week are a perfect illustration of this.
    Many would argue that the two most basic core functions of our state government are to educate our children and to keep us safe. Figuring out how to pay for these things is the challenge.

  • Column: We just can’t seem to avoid S.C. cronyism

    The state’s Judicial Merit Selection Committee screens and nominates judicial candidates. Its members are picked by the House speaker and the Senate president pro tem. State law requires that four of the 10 members be “selected from the general public,” while the other six must be sitting legislators.
    That takes us to former Sen. Wes Hayes of Rock Hill. It’s not our intent to denigrate him in any way – for all we know, he may be an ideal JMSC member. But there are two things wrong with his recent appointment.

  • Letter: GOP should protect Trump when Democrats attack him

    Democrats are in a near electoral collapse across the country.
    Republicans control both chambers of Congress and the White House. They have control of 33 governorships and 69 out of 99 state legislative chambers. (Nebraska has only one.) In the past eight years, Democrats have lost almost 1,000 elective seats nationally.

  • Families endure a pain that will never go away

    Editor’s note: Hannah Strong joined us a year ago, fresh out of Winthrop. Today she begins an occasional column on what her first reporting job is teaching her about herself, her profession and Lancaster County.

    The operator from an S.C. prison says, “You have 15 seconds left on this call.”
    “Let me call you right back,” the woman tells me.
    She has been jailed for attempted armed robbery  since 2013.
    I’m talking to her because her 19-year-old son has been shot dead in Lancaster.

  • Column: Trump right to abandon Paris accord

    I am frustrated after reading Phil Noble’s June 11 column, which criticized President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris “climate” accord.
    Based on what he wrote, I suspect that Mr. Noble has not read and does not understand the agreement.
    It is not a climate treaty or an environmental treaty. It is an economic treaty. And it would be a disaster for America. The agreement helps the economies of all other nations at the expense of the U.S. economy.  
    Consider the following: