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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Help with research on Fork Hill Baptist

    From 1937-39, the federal Works Progress Administration created inventories of S.C. church archives. The inventory for Fork Hill Baptist Church in Heath Springs states that the oldest extant minutes book spanned the years 1826 to December 1880.
    I visited the Fork Hill Church office a number of years ago and the oldest book available was the next one on the list, which spans the years 1881-94. I checked back recently, and the church does not know what happened to the earlier book.

  • Letter: Reader finds council’s time change appalling

    First, I want to thank Councilmen Brian Carnes, Terry Graham and Jack Estridge for voting against the proposal to change Lancaster County Council’s meeting time to 6 p.m.
    I am appalled that representatives of all of the citizens of Lancaster County would make it so difficult for working people to attend their meetings.
    Do they realize that unless you live close to the Lancaster County Administration Building, you would have to leave at 5:30 p.m. to make a 6 p.m. meeting?

  • Column: Lancaster leads state in repaving

    OK, so touting that one is tops in road maintenance in South Carolina is akin to bragging that one owns the largest Chihuahua in the state.
    However, when it came to road resurfacing in 2016, our county was the lead dog by miles.

  • Column: Fascinating tidbits about S.C.

    It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for all things South Carolina – our history, politics, people, culture, places, food – everything.
    And since we are such a wonderful – and weird – state, there is an awful lot to know and always something new to learn.

  • 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: 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: 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.

  • 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.”