Today's Opinions

  • Letter: I can live with inexperience

    In response to John Crake Aves’ Sept. 21 column “Trump has no requisite experience,” I have this to say. What of it?
    Look at where we are now as a nation, and tell me it matters. Many of our former presidents didn’t even follow the Constitution. Some, even our best, disregarded it when they thought it hindered them. Others talked of it stifling their powers to run the country as they saw fit.

  • Column: Case studies on S.C.’s 3 fundamental faults

    Nothing is more infuriating than seeing another news story about the arrogance, incompetence or corruption that characterizes politics as usual in South Carolina. There were three such stories in only the last few weeks.
    What’s most infuriating is that none of this needs to happen and there are a few simple solutions that could prevent many of these problems or fix them once they occur.

  • Column: Black people often treated like a cancer on America

    Editor’s note: Malik Mackey grew up in Lancaster. He is a 2015 graduate of Lancaster High School and a former class president. He is a sophomore political science major at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

    I get so tired of turning on the news and feeling as though my blackness is a handicap that is hindering America. As if we’re a cancer that is killing this country.

  • Column: We need political reconciliation

    Editor’s note: Rudy Barnes Jr. will be on our Nov. 8 ballot as a candidate for the 5th Congressional District, representing the American Party of South Carolina. According to his website, Barnes practices law in Little Mountain, near Newberry. He graduated from The Citadel and has a master’s in public administration and a law degree from the University of South Carolina. He is a retired United Methodist minister and a retired Army colonel who once served on the Columbia City Council.

  • Column: S.C. exempts more sales tax than it collects

    In the most recent year for which data is available, a review by The Nerve has found, S.C. state government collected $2.4 billion in sales tax revenue – but exempted a full $3 billion.
    That’s the opposite of what one would expect to find. In most forms of taxes, only a few items are exempt, and in a typical year a typical state would take in far more than it would exempt. It’s a simple matter of government needing revenue: Lawmakers are reluctant to dole out too many exemptions since that means less revenue.

  • Letter: We should abolish legislative ‘tenure’

    Jaime Harrison’s Sept. 7 column about the passing of S.C. Sen. John Drummond misses one vital point that I will declare here.
    First, my condolences to his family, and this is not a derogatory letter about the man, for I knew him not. But it is about the actions of our state and federal lawmakers who believe in making a lifetime out of public office.

  • Letter: Take away NCAA’s tax-exempt status

    In recent light of the stunning hypocrisy of the NCAA with their decision to pull championship events from North Carolina, it is time for elected officials both in-state and at the federal level to reexamine the tax-exempt status of the NCAA.

  • Column: Trump has no requisite experience

    One important reason that Donald Trump is not qualified to hold the office of president of the United States is his lack of experience.
    All 38 men who were elected to the position, as well as the five who were promoted due to the death or resignation of the serving president, had previously held high-ranking public service positions in either the government or military.