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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Irma pricing highlights sad truth: Consumer fleecing is new normal

    Since Hurricane Irma put Florida in its sights, there have been thousands of reports of price gouging on everything from water to gasoline.
    The most notable complaint was not, however, the one alleging a $72 charge for a six-pack of water. Rather, it was the $3,200 reportedly asked by Delta for a ticket out of Florida.
    That’s because it wasn’t actually hurricane-related price gouging. Airlines were charging similar fares to last-minute buyers two weeks ago – and have been for years – long before Irma became a threat.

  • Letter: Bannon ignores history’s realities

    During Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview, President Trump’s former chief strategist Steve Bannon gave his spin on “economic nationalism.” Here is mine.
    Mr. Bannon is correct that America’s 19th century expansion was guided by American citizens, although many of those citizens were immigrants or close descendants of immigrants.

  • Letter: Don’t join a gang, join the Marines

    I have never seen so many young men in Lancaster city and county being out-and-out murdered – some by their own friends. I am 73 years old, and my goodness life is changing for the worse.
    It seems like you are joining gangs to be in a “family.” What about your own mamas? You are breaking their hearts. What has happened to make you want to destroy everything good and kind? Drugs? Do you have a death wish?

  • Column: Pastor responds to a personal wrong

    In order to protect myself from becoming overly cynical and critical of the human family, I choose to believe that most people are honest and decent.

    We certainly see this in times of tragedy and devastation as we have seen with the outpouring of love and compassion in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and will see after Hurricane Irma.

  • Column: Why spend tax money to assess eclipse impact?

    The S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) is spending money to find out how much the state made off the eclipse.

    According to PRT’s newsletter, museums, state parks, etc. were sold out or nearly sold out due to this “rare celestial event.” It goes on to say: “Because this type of anecdotal evidence is so strong all across South Carolina, we’re excited about seeing the final picture. We hope it informs us of the true economic impact of such an historic event.”

  • Letter: Alzheimer’s disease research needs additional funding

    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including 86,000 here in South Carolina.

    In 2017, caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will cost $259 billion – including $175 billion in direct costs to Medicare and Medicaid. 

  • Column: Nuke scandal reveals bedrock corruption

    The current scandal of SCANA’s (S.C. Electric and Gas parent company) and Santee Cooper’s nuclear debacle is arguably the biggest scandal in our state’s history in the last 100 years.

    It involves over $9 billion in wasted money that millions of South Carolinians are being asked to pay and the wholesale corruption of our State House that enables it all to happen.

    It is a sordid scandal of long-term political corruption, short-term corporate incompetence (or worse) and the total denial of responsibility by all who are at fault.

  • Column: Americans with ‘invisible credit’ deserve a shot at home-buying

    In a bipartisan effort to help more everyday Americans achieve homeownership, Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and I have introduced legislation to include some of the 26 million “credit invisible” individuals in the housing market.