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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Why tax reform is essential

    When your tax code is 10 times longer than the Bible, you have a problem.
    Our current federal tax code is simply not benefiting American families. As I’ve said for far too long, Washington does not have an income problem, it has a spending problem.

  • Column: Constitution protects vile speech, with some limits

    Most reactions to the march by white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last month condemned the marchers, their message and their use of swastikas, chants and Nazi imagery. But there were also questions about why they were allowed to hold their march and spread their vile message of hate.
    The latter question is just one of the latest examples of a recent trend in which some are asking whether certain groups and individuals should be permitted to express views that offend others.

  • Letter: Rosemont residents: Pick better site for post office in IL

    Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Kurtis Bullard, the Postal Service official tasked with locating Indian Land’s new post office. Bullard has suggested a site near the neighborhood’s entrance.

    We are writing to you on behalf of the Rosemont Owners Association. The Rosemont community is located off Highway 160 and Rosemont Drive in Indian Land, S.C.
    We would like to request that you find a different location for the proposed 15,000-square-foot USPS facility off Rosemont Drive.

  • Column: Do we need ‘category 6’ for today’s hurricanes?

    There’s been a devastating trail of destruction and flooding in the last few weeks following Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. The latter was the strongest sustained hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic outside the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

  • Column: Well-being of state’s kids continues to slide

    Suppose you had next-door neighbors who, year after year, did not adequately feed their children or provide them health care.
    And suppose that you regularly talked with your neighbor and showed them how they were not measuring up, and told them there were resources available to help them do better.
    But after many years, their kids were still worse off than over 80 percent of the other kids in the neighborhood.
    Would you call this systematic “child abuse?” Well, thus is the status of children in South Carolina.

  • Letter: Patriotism thrives in Indian Land

    In a time when political, racial and cultural tension abounds, it is rare to hear of two community groups from different generations and backgrounds coming together to honor our nation’s veterans.
    The Ladies Auxiliary from the Capt. John P. Monahan VFW Post from Indian Land came to teach the American Heritage Girls of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church proper flag care and ceremonial etiquette.
    The girls demonstrated what they’ve learned at the Veteran’s Flag Ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Our Lady of Grace.

  • Letter: Bus-stop safety an urgent priority

    In 2013, I wrote the following in a letter to the editor:
    “Every school day, my daughter and I stand in the dark near the end of the driveway and watch her bus come to a stop on the opposite side of the road.

  • Column: The fruit of the spirit: Self-control

    The Holy Spirit gives believers in Christ the ability to cultivate self-control, the last fruit mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23.

    This fruit allows believers to keep themselves in check. It includes self-discipline, self-mastery, continence, holding oneself in with a firm hand, and allows us not to be self-indulgent. 

    The old-fashioned word for this is temperance.

    The Bible declares that “he that ruleth his spirit (is better) than he that taketh a city.”