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Today's Opinions

  • Column: S.C. choice: Ideology or better roads

    For the last several years, plans to properly fund the maintenance and expansion of our state’s roads have been short-circuited in the S.C. Senate by road-plan opponents.
    Due to their stubbornness, only piecemeal solutions – the legislative equivalent of I-95’s stop-and-go traffic – have been advanced.

  • Column: Universities losing ‘unity of diversity’

    Recent events make me think back to my time in divinity school studying for my master’s degree.
    The university it was attached to was well-known as a theologically conservative institution, but the divinity school gained a reputation for being liberal-minded because it insisted we learn both sides of the argument.

  • Column: Biggest threat to driver safety is cell phones, not bad roads

    In the seemingly interminable debate about funding for roads in South Carolina, with the latest gas-tax hike being debated this week in the state Senate, we’re often told that billions of dollars must be taxed or borrowed in order to make the roads safer and more efficient.

  • Letter: Norman best choice for 5th District seat

    Ralph Norman has the vote of this Marine Corps veteran, mother and wife of a business owner.
    Mr. Norman is a virtuous man of principle. He says he will fight for conservative principles, and he will! He is strongly pro-family. He will fight to keep our nation safe and to keep our military strong.
    He is not a politician. Ralph Norman is a citizen-servant. He will work for term limits. Ralph will leave the beloved community of his birth to help make both South Carolina and the USA safer and more prosperous.

  • Letter: Worrisome threats around the world

    Syria is led by a tyrant. The United States was right in its actions against him.
    We stopped Hitler, and we will stop the president of Syria.
    Also, we are very close to a nuclear war. North Korea is a threat, and they have the nuclear bombs.
    A nuclear war could be the end, because a nuclear war will cause a chain reaction. Boots on the ground. A lot of our brave men and women would die.
    If you remember, a certain person said he likes war.
    I pray for our brave men and women and for America.

    Carl M. Miles Sr.

  • Column: Pug Ravenel and the tragedy of what S.C. might have been

    Pug Ravenel died last month. He was 79. Most people living in South Carolina today don’t know who he was or what he did. But they should learn.

    Pug epitomized the triumphs and tragedies of what is and what might have been for South Carolina.
    Full disclosure: I worked for Pug for almost two years when he ran for the U.S. Senate in 1978. I was a true believer.

  • Column: Send expert to Washington and restructure flawed system

    April 15 is a day most Americans dread. But for millions of hardworking taxpayers, the completion of tax returns is actually unnecessary.
    The government maintains records showing how much tax has been withheld from their paychecks. Their income is on file. The amount of tax they owe or tax to be refunded is on file, too. Yet tens of millions of hours are wasted with millions of Americans filing their tax returns with information the government already has.

  • Column: Congressional hopefuls need to detail plans for Medicare

    With 15 candidates competing for votes, things are heating up in the special election to fill Mick Mulvaney’s seat in the 5th Congressional District.
    On behalf of our 81,000 members in the 5th District, AARP South Carolina wants to know where these candidates stand on protecting Medicare for the future and their specific position on “premium support” (a.k.a. Medicare vouchers).
    So what are Medicare vouchers?