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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Governor is right on gun bill

    In his Sunday guest column, Phil Nobel characterized Gov. Henry McMaster’s first 100 days in office as a failure. Among the reasons he gave was that the governor supports legislation that would allow South Carolinians to carry guns without first obtaining a permit to do so.
    It is obvious from the words “God given” and “unalienable” that the founding fathers viewed certain behaviors as fundamental rights, not privileges granted by the government. One of these is the right to keep and bear arms.

  • Column: Let’s assess governor’s 1st 100 days

    May 4 marked Gov. Henry McMaster’s 100th day in office. Since there was such a flurry of reporting about President Trump’s first 100 days, it seems appropriate to look at what McMaster has achieved in his first 100 days.
    Below is a simple recounting of the facts as reported by the state’s media. I then offer my opinion, and I leave it to you to decide for yourself if McMaster, so far, has succeeded or failed.

  • Column: I’m no fan of the Confederate flag, but I offer this narrow defense of it

    An article in Friday’s paper detailed a minor controversy this week in Lancaster.
    The county removed two small Confederate battle flags from a wreath laid at the Confederate Soldiers’ Monument in front of the historic courthouse. And the people who put the wreath there in honor of Confederate Memorial Day were unhappy about that.

  • Column: Small-town legislators are shaping S.C. agenda

    Editor’s note: Sen. Vincent Sheheen (D-27) and House Speaker Jay Lucas (R-65) represent parts of Lancaster County.

    I was watching the Vincent Sheheen Show last week – also known as the gas-tax conference committee, which he was chairing – when I recalled a conversation I recently had with Sen. Sheheen.

  • Letter: Writer asks for God’s help and intervention after tragic deaths

    My heart goes out to Jim Burgess and his family after the tragic death of his wife Coleen. Jim, I don’t know you personally, but God bless you and your family. It will be hard, but it will get better.
    Also, we need to pray for the families of the two young men who were killed recently. We have had too many gang-related deaths, young men in the prime of their lives.
    God, please intervene with your holy power and stop the murders of our young men, and let them grow up.

    Carl Miles Sr. 

  • Column: Why I back final roads compromise

    After several months of work in the General Assembly, both the House and Senate have worked out a single highway funding and governance bill. In the next few days, this bill will be voted upon by both chambers and sent to the governor.
    Given the concerns many have raised about this issue, I felt it urgent to give you an overview of this legislation, as well as my thoughts on the bill.

    DOT reform

  • Column: Trump’s nuts? So is every other politician, TV anchor, NFL star

    Dr. John Gartner, a practicing psychotherapist and former faculty member at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, says the psychiatric community has an ethical responsibility to warn America that Donald Trump has a dangerous mental illness.

  • Letter: A family’s thanks to Housing Authority

    My uncle lived at Caroline Court for many years. Sadly, he passed away last week.
    The staff of the Housing Authority of Lancaster went above and beyond their job requirements in serving our family. I would like to thank Mr. Jerry Witherspoon, Ms. Sharon Coleman, the maintenance crew, and all the other staff members for treating my uncle like family.
    Many times government agencies can be cold and difficult. Not these folks. They were always compassionate and professional.