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Today's Opinions

  • Citizen’s guide to S.C. Freedom of Information

    S.C. Press Association

    The S.C. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) makes records and meetings of public bodies open and available to citizens and their representatives in the press.

    As a citizen of South Carolina, you have the right to attend meetings of commissions, councils, boards and other public bodies. You have a right to see and copy records of public bodies. The FOIA – also known as the Sunshine Law because it shines light on government meetings and records – is essential to our democratic form of government.

    Who, what is covered?

  • Citizens deserve officials’ respect

    It happens in every county, every small town and every school district. It happens at the state level and at the federal level.

    “Watchdogs” monitor the actions of government. They attend meetings. They write letters. They ask the tough questions. They request public records under the Freedom of Information Act. Sometimes, they sound the alarm when they believe tax dollars have been wasted or politicians have misused their power.

  • Task force to count homeless in county

    You may have seen them sleeping in abandoned homes or warehouses. Some have been spotted in tents in Lancaster County’s woods or fields. But no one is sure how many are living out there.

    A group that calls themselves the Lancaster County Homelessness Task Force hopes to shed some light on the population with a count in Lancaster County.

  • Lobbyists control our legislators

    As we begin ramping up for another election cycle, I hope our local and regional news editors will ensure that our community is informed on the changing characteristics of national and regional government.

    Since most of us made our youthful visit to the voting booth, there has been a tremendous change in the dynamics of elected public service.

  • What would the founders do?

    A few months ago, some of my colleagues and I were discussing a bill recently introduced in the General Assembly, and someone remarked: “Wonder what the founders would think of that” The more we thought about it, the more it seemed like an entirely relevant question to ask of any bill.

  • Minimize coyote damage to small pets and property

    What Doris Starnes thought was an act of vandalism instead was a pack of determined coyotes.

    Some type of prey, most likely a rabbit, sought refuge in a drain pipe buried well beneath the ground in Starnes’ front yard.

    Not ones to give up easy, the wild canines tore away the ground and destroyed about 80 feet of the drain pipe. The responding sheriff’s deputy said it probably took hours for the persistent pack to do the damage. The fate of the prey is unknown.

  •  Man’s problem, God’s solution

    Romans 3:9-31 clearly identifies the problem all men face and God’s solution to it. The universal problem of all men is that we all are sinners who have fallen short of the glory of God.

    No mere human being has lived a sinless life; in thought, word, and deed, every person has sinned. We have sinned in our understanding, and with our bodies.

    No matter what standard of  right living we accept or adopt, none of us has perfectly lived up to that standard. In God’s eyes, all the world is guilty of sin.

  • Tax deadline is fast approaching

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2013 tax books, which takes place on March 17.

    This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster County government, as it allows those who serve on County Council, the school board and town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they work to finish their 2014-15 budgets.