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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • 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.