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Today's Opinions

  • Transparency movement sees progress and setbacks

    One of the keys to quality government is the ability of citizens to see how decisions are made and how tax dollars are spent.

    It’s that notion that drove me several years ago to establish a special website showing itemized expenditures by state government, and to later launch an ultimately successful initiative to encourage cities, counties, universities and school districts to publish spending details online.

  • Very strange world of race, politics in S.C.

    In November, South Carolina will make history by electing its first African-American to the U.S. Senate.

    And, if the polls are to be believed, it will be Republican Tim Scott.

    Ironically, he will be elected without significant African-American support on the Republican ticket – the party that is widely perceived to be indifferent, if not hostile, to African-Americans.

  • For better, safer roads we have to pay for them

    In the column published Sunday, I detailed the dismal statewide picture of our road system. As challenging as our statewide problems are, they are more acute in Lancaster County. The main reason is that 44 percent of our county’s roads are secondary routes that are not eligible for federal assistance (NFA) routes.

  • Church dedicates park, walking track

    The United Bible Way Church of Lancaster dedicated the Hillside Memorial Park and Walking Track on Sunday, Sept. 9. The church family and invited guests gathered under the shelter and listened to Pastor Kenny Rose as he proclaimed what God had given the church and to the greater Lancaster community.

    Kenji Mackey, the coordinator for the walking trail, shared Pastor Rose’s God-given vision to emphasize how important exercise is to our health, especially walking.

  • Application processing for professionals lacking
  • Our world experiencing fulfillment of prophecy

    Among the many wars throughout world include those in Israel and Iraq. The Bible predicts numerous wars and plagues will hit the Earth. AIDS and HIV diseases originated in Africa. Now Africa suffers with the deadly Ebola. If it hits the United States it would probably wipe out much of our population. It could happen. With all the travelers someone is bound to bring it back to the U.S.

    Are these examples of the fulfillment of the Bible’s prophecy? There will be a war above all wars.

  • Try praying, not protesting in Ferguson

    I am writing in response to the violence in Ferguson, Mo. It truly hurts me to see what is happening there. My thoughts and my prayers go out to the family of Michael Brown.

    Have we forgotten that prayer changes things, not violent protesting? It is time to “let go and let God.” Look up to where our help comes from. He answers prayers in his time, not ours.

    Help Mr. Brown’s family. Don’t hurt them in the way you are protesting.

    Peace and calm are the keys to this situation. Jesus said it, “Peace be still.”

  • The numbers reveal why S.C. roads so bad

    There is near unanimity that the condition of our state’s roads is in serious decline. However, there is debate as to why. Our roads are an asset, and as with most assets their condition can be measured by numbers.

    What follows are figures that must be considered to make South Carolina’s roads and bridges as safe and smooth as they were a generation ago.

    S.C. Taxes and Fees

    u South Carolina ranks No. 4 among 50 states in miles of state-maintained roads with 41,460 miles

    u South Carolina ranks No 3 among states in lowest fuel tax