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Today's Opinions

  • Column: 6 questions for gubernatorial candidates

    The S.C. General Assembly is far different than 27 years ago when Operation Lost Trust blew open the cozy culture of the State House with federal charges against 28 legislators and lobbyists in a cash-for-votes sting.
    People went to jail. Some avoided it. Ethics rules were changed to become some of the toughest in the nation as it became virtually impossible for people to buy a cup of coffee legally for a friend in the legislature.  

  • Letter: ‘Stink eye’ might grow you horns

    I was in a place the other day where I had to show all my ID cards. And I thought I had put my cards back in my purse.
    Well, later I looked in there and they were gone.
    Panic isn’t a strong enough word for the way I felt. I really went crazy! “Where the poot is my cards?!” I yelled.
    Oh Lordy, I do not do well in a situation like that. Cool, calm and collected, I am not! These are the cards no one should ever lose – driver’s license, Social Security, Medicare!  

  • Letter: Presidents’ legacies look different to me

    After reading Phil Noble’s column in your Sept. 29 paper, I think he needs to get back to reality and read up on our history.
    First, Franklin Roosevelt didn’t pull us out of the Great Depression. His leftist programs and ideas caused a depression to become the Great Depression. What pulled us out of the Great Depression was World War II, which he led us into by sacrificing thousands of lives at Pearl Harbor.
    Second, Harry Truman might have desegregated the military, but it was segregated during Democratic President Woodrow Wilson’s term.

  • Letter: Dogs don’t belong in stores, restaurants

    I was in a local discount store today to buy groceries. A couple there had a dog in their basket. According to the manager, they are powerless to do anything due to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
    It would seem to me that animals in shopping carts in grocery stores or animals in restaurants are a sanitation issue.
    Too many people are going online and purchasing “service animal” items and claiming their dog is a service animal. This is wrong. Service animal permits should be regulated with paperwork, just as handicapped parking permits are.

  • Column: Bad idea: Statue of black Confederate soldiers

    Editor’s note: Two Upstate legislators last week proposed a State House monument honoring black soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. In September, Sens. Greg Gregory (R-Lancaster) and Darrell Jackson (D-Richland) proposed a statue of Robert Smalls, a slave who escaped with his family on a stolen Confederate ship, fought for the North and later represented South Carolina in Congress. Dr. Bartley’s column deals with both proposals.

  • Letter: Why are stars only now talking about Harvey Weinstein?

    The elite left and Hollywood have finally shown their true faces together, even though the cover-up has been ongoing for over a decade.
    Harvey Weinstein, a big shot in tinsel town, has been exposed (excuse the pun) as a sexual predator. He stands accused of  harassing, groping and even raping women for years, and the left and their perverted twin Hollywood helped him along the way.

  • Letter: Habitat seeking materials for Promise Neighborhood project

    Our local Habitat for Humanity chapter needs your help for a project that our Critical Home Repair Team has taken on in the Promise Neighborhood area.
    David Cox, construction coordinator for the Promise Neighborhood effort, contacted us about Peggy Martin’s home on Cunningham Street, which was badly in need of a new roof. Our repair team did some eave and soffit repairs, and A+ Masonry, one of our partners, removed an unused chimney. And H&S Roofing of Charlotte donated materials and labor for the new roof.

  • A long, scary, life-and-death saga unfolds

    Editor’s note: This occasional column takes you behind the scenes with Hannah Strong, who has been reporting for a little more than a year.

    The bench outside the Lancaster County Courthouse lets me see who’s coming in and going out.
    It’s a summer afternoon in August 2016 and I wait – impatiently.
    There’s a private hearing going on inside that I can’t legally witness.
    I finally see who I’m looking for after a 30-minute wait.
    I recognize her big, blonde hair from an online photo.