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Today's Opinions

  • Evans letter: Sure hope someone is looking out for us

    Thank goodness we have some local commentators, each on a different side of the fence to sort out the Bushes, Clintons and President Barack Obama for us.
    I feel so far down the food chain that those aforementioned folks are way over my sphere of understanding.
    Remember when that old social studies teacher talked ’bout checks and balances? Well sir, I wrote my last check for affordable health care, I’m still sick and my balance is zero.

  • Schwartz column: Tell Gregory to vote ‘no’ on gas tax hike

    The big issue facing our legislators this year in Columbia is a massive new gas tax hike. Big money special interest groups like the S.C. Chamber of Commerce have been aggressively lobbying the Legislature to vote for proposals that would double our current gas tax rate.

  • Newton column: Get involved, Republicans

    If you’re concerned about the federal government racking up debt and out-of-control spending and want to get involved to do something about it, then your local Republican Party needs your involvement.

  • Hendrix letter: Veterans should take Honor Flight

    Several  years ago, I had the fantastic opportunity to travel with a group of World War II veterans on an Honor Flight, which flew out of Columbia.
    I am a strong supporter of our military forces and will wave the U.S. flag in a heartbeat. To say that I had an exciting and emotional day would be an understatement.
    It was an honor to be there and share in the veterans’ reminiscing of days gone by.
    If you are or know of a World War II veteran who has not taken an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., please don’t pass up the opportunity.

  • Hopkins letter: Oscars insult ‘American Sniper’

    Well, the ignorant and the brainless came out for their Oscars the other night. Yes, the beautiful crowd, which loves to lavish accolades on themselves.
    These prattish people strut their “wears,” costing yearly salaries for real workers, as they walk Hollywood’s red carpet. A fitting symbol of color, for it matches their socialistic and communistic mindsets.

  • Curtsinger column: Let’s explore splitting up school district

    There have been rumors that Indian Land students may be bused to other under-capacity schools as an option to address the over-capacity issues at Indian Land Middle and Indian Land High schools.
    The Lancaster County school board discussed this issue at a recent retreat and has given me the following statement:
    “In a rare situation, if it becomes necessary to bus students to another school, the school district will do its utmost to insure those children presently in the attendance area will continue to attend school within their attendance area.”

  • Noble column: Haley’s $29,000 football tickets and higher ed reform

    I love this state, I really do – and that’s why I get so frustrated when we can’t do the obvious right thing for stupid reasons. (Like, say, $29,000 worth of free football tickets, but more on that in a moment.)
    It seems to happen a lot and the current prime example of this is how higher education in this state is run, or probably more accurately, not run.

  • Walker Column: Walker has higher ambitions than being vice president

    This is in response to James McManus’ Feb. 25 letter, “Walker should run for vice president.”
    Well, I guess you got me, James. I will overlook the sarcasm and pretend you really want me to be vice president. Judging by your comments, it appears that former President George Bush and I must be living in your brain rent-free. Could you stock the fridge in here? We need pizza and Mountain Dew.