Today's Opinions

  • Heritage Foundation forum gets positive review

    The Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank now headed by former S.C. Sen. Jim DeMint, sponsored a Take Back America Presidential Forum in Greenville on Sept. 18.

    The format for the forum was intended to avoid the “sound bites” aspect of the CNN-type debates by giving each candidate about 30 minutes alone on the stage to answer comprehensive questions with comprehensive answers.

    The questions were not provided to the candidates in advance.

  • Make sure your escrow accounts have tax info

    At the end of September, Lancaster County homeowners received their tax bills, which are due by Jan. 15, 2016 without penalties.

    If you have not received your tax bill, please contact our office for us to help locate your bill and make sure we have the correct address on file for you.

    If your tax bill is escrow, the mortgage company will gather their information electronically from us, but to make sure proper payment is made you can forward them your information that you received in the mail.

  • A case for Camelot

    I gotta admit I have made adverse comments about our neighbors in Indian Land. Yes, they do seem to complain about a lot of stuff from the lack of schools and safety and on the other hand, the increase in crime,  traffic and the possibility that County Council actions could bring down the values of their homes.

  • It’s time to use common sense

    The Oregon college mass killing once again shows how defenseless we are. No one is ever going to prevent some psychopath or idiot from getting a gun. Period.
    Who do we think we’re kidding? Just like a thief, no matter how great your security systems, they will find a way.
    A young unarmed veteran took it upon himself to stop that psycho. He was shot five times and will live, but he has to learn to walk again.
    If he had been allowed to carry a gun that whole mess would have been put to an end much sooner.

  • Jesus gives us unending joy

    On the night before his death, Jesus made a prophecy to his disciples in the upper room: “A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father” (John 16:16).

    This prediction caused consternation among some of his disciples, and they said among themselves, “we cannot tell what he saith.”

    Jesus then explained his words by saying that “ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.”

  • We just need to use plain common sense

    I would like to make a statement on behalf of all the people who have ever wondered what happened to common sense.

    In school, we learned of Thomas Paine and the pamphlet he published in 1776. It inspired men to seek freedom from a repressive government with statements like;

    “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of men and women.”

  • Murky ethics laws in S.C.

    If you paid even a little bit of attention to the 2015 legislative session, you know it produced mass quantities of “ethics reform” bills, and that none became law.

    And that’s not a bad thing. The bills were, virtually without exception, weak and/or regressive. A few recent events demonstrate what I mean.

  • The Emanuel Nine – four months later

    It’s off the front page of the newspapers. There are no packs of reporters prowling the streets. The banks of television cameras across from the church are all gone. The politicians and celebrities have all gone home.

    But the story of the Emanuel Nine is far from over; it is simply beginning the next chapter.