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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Column: 50th-place ranking should jolt us to action

    There is probably no topic that has been the subject of this column more often than education. And the reason is very simple: if we don’t fix education in this state, nothing else really matters.
    The road to a prosperous future for South Carolina runs past the schoolhouse door.
    Unfortunately, in South Carolina this road (like our highways) is full of potholes and in great need of repair after suffering from years of neglect. As a recent US News and World Report ranking showed, overall our state is 50th in education.

  • Column: S.C. Research Authority pays PR firm $855K

    The South Carolina Research Authority, chartered by the state in 1983 to “foster and enrich South Carolina’s innovation economy,” has paid political consultant Bob McAlister at least $855,500 since 2011.
    The payments are all to McAlister’s firm, McAlister Communications, most in consistent monthly amounts invoiced for “public relations services.” Jessica Cokins, SCRA’s director of marketing and communications, said McAlister was paid as a communications consultant.

  • Column: 5th District candidates, what will you do about Alzheimer’s disease?

    There are a lot of controversial issues at stake in the upcoming special election for South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District. But I’d like to ask all of the candidates to address an issue that is truly purple.
    Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States, and the only one among the top 10 killers that cannot be prevented, stopped or even slowed. It’s also the most expensive illness in the nation, with costs that exceed those for heart disease and cancer.

  • Letter: Thanking everyone for help during crisis

    Editor’s note: The writer was married for 47 years to Coleen Burgess, who died April 6 when a tree fell on their Buford home.
    I am writing you to thank everyone for their contributions to the Burgess family, from our neighborhood, from Lancaster and all around. Especially the churches that gave, Bethany Presbyterian Church in Monroe and Bethlehem Baptist Church in Lancaster, and all who mailed in gifts.
    God bless all of you.

    James C. Burgess Sr.
    Buford

  • Letter: How do residents benefit from being incorporated?

    I have a question for Russell Rhoads, whose letter in the April 7 issue addressed incorporating Indian Land.
    Please explain the benefits, in detail, of one more layer of government by the incorporated township of Indian Land, so we all know what to expect when and if it happens.
    How much money will be needed? How much will taxes increase?  Who and how will the leaders be elected, such as a mayor or supervisor and council persons? Someone needs to run the town.