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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: A change to vegan diets would slow climate shift

    With the 47th annual observance of Earth Day on Friday, this is a great time to explore more effective ways of slowing climate change and conserving Earth’s natural resources for future generations.
    A 2010 U.N. report said animal agriculture accounted for 19 percent of man-made greenhouse gases – more than all transport – and recommended a global shift to a vegan diet. A subsequent World Watch study placed that contribution closer to 50 percent.  

  • Letter: Media’s coverage of N.Y. primary more gam than grit

    This Wednesday morning, I rushed to the television to get the results of the most recent voting in the northeast.
    Did Trump carry enough votes to secure the GOP nomination?  Did Bernie Sanders call his campaign off?
    What did I get on all the news channels?  A row of attractive political commentators on high stools displaying more gam that grit. Gosh, those skirts are shorter than the ruffles on grandma’s bloomers.
    Where do they find these people  identified as the chief, CEO, staff political analyst  or some high sounding title?

  • Letter: Strategic plans should not be ‘one size fits all’

    In keeping with the spirit of Editor Brian Melton’s call for civility and honest discourse, I will refrain from turning this letter into one on the personal and professional integrity of candidate William McCoy.
    When questioned with regards to the alleged plagiarism of material obtained from another jurisdiction, it is sad that anyone associated with a campaign would even jokingly condone or justify stealing in any form, especially as it pertains to the highest elected position responsible for the maintenance of law and order in the community.

  • Column: Legislature shouldn’t police itself on ethics

    Many, if not most, South Carolina state lawmakers have a peculiar understanding of the separation of powers. For them, the principle seems to mean that all powers should be removed from the executive and judicial branches and concentrated in the legislature.

  • Editor's Column: If politics were sport, Mr. McCoy would be ejected from the game

    Billy McCoy and his band of merry plagiarizers came up with a head-scratcher of an explanation.
    Yes, they acknowledged, we copied almost every word of an N.C. police department’s strategic plan and called it our own, but that’s not plagiarism. And besides, every law enforcement agency in America does this, so who cares?

  • Letter: McCoy’s decision ‘absolute disgrace’

    Credibility. Honesty. Integrity. Accountability. These are all attributes  that the citizens of Lancaster County not only expect but demand from their public officials.
    William McCoy’s remarkable “word for word” rendition of most of the Garner Police Department Strategic Plan is an absolute disgrace for a man asking the voters of Lancaster to elect him to public office.

  • Editor's Column: Come join the jousting match of ideas

    I encounter angry people often in this job, and that’s OK.
    Usually it’s because of something we published, like a recent story about a young man charged with several violent crimes. His mother called to scream at me that we had no right to drag him through the mud this way, that we should wait to see if he’s convicted. I listened for a while, but when she started repeating herself, I told her I understood why she was angry and said goodbye.

  • Column: S.C. House bill confirms party caucuses are public

    This editorial ran in thenerve.org, an online publication of the S.C. Policy Council, an independent, nonprofit research group promoting free-market policies and government transparency.

    Exactly one year ago, The Nerve’s Rick Brundrett published a story on how legislative caucuses – the General Assembly’s partisan strategizing organizations – somehow get to avoid being designated as public entities. This despite the fact that they meet, rent-free, in public office space and by definition deal with public business.