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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Roof sentence sends message on bigotry

    After facing a jury of South Carolinians, Dylann Roof, the defendant in the murder of nine congregants at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston on June 17, 2015, was sentenced to death.
    The perpetrator of this horrific crime received the harshest penalty that our justice system imposes. This sentence sends the clear message that racism, bigotry and violence have absolutely no place in our society.

  • Column: TOIL leaders should be more transparent

    In order to assess recent statements and representations by Voters for a Town of Indian Land, several of us residents have asked TOIL leaders for a detailed, line-by-line budget for a town of Indian Land.
    This basic information has been requested repeatedly, but never has been forthcoming. It has been requested via multiple sources: e.g., in face-to-face meetings, e-mail, through the Indian Land Action Council and through social media. I have the e-mail chain to verify these requests.

  • Letter: Treasurer: Watch those tax deadlines

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and are looking forward to a busy 2017, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon. All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 17 and the late penalties can be costly, so don’t be late!

  • Letter: Thanks for donating to Outreach Project

    As we head into 2017, I want to thank everyone who contributed to the Lancaster County Outreach Project’s Annual Holiday Giving Campaign this year.
    Because of your generous contributions, the campaign was a complete success.
    We received more than $7,000 from 120 businesses, churches, organizations, agencies and individuals, which allowed LCOP to provide gifts to children for the holiday, assist with the Foster Care Holiday Party, and make the Annual Toy Giveaway possible. More than 400 children received help.

  • Letter: Prayer for our law enforcement officers

    Myra McCant’s letter about the “fat mirror” was very funny.
    I have written many letters in honor of our police. I did not know Myra’s son Brent McCants, a deputy who was murdered in 1992, but I’m sure he was a good man because I know Myra and her other son Billy Dale.
    Our police have a dangerous job. They look after us. We also must watch out for them, because they have families also.
    I don’t expect to be here much longer, but I want to leave a legacy that my letters helped save one police officer.

  • Letter: Sen. Scott: Why I support Jeff Sessions

    Today I am announcing my support for Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general of the United States.
    The Department of Justice is charged with upholding some of the most basic tenets of our Constitution, as well as laws that were forged through the blood, sweat and tears of generations of Americans, including many people of color. As our nation endures racial and societal unrest like we have not seen in a generation, I know that whoever serves as our nation’s attorney general must be committed to ensuring that those laws and tenets are fully enforced and protected.

  • Column: The fallacy of the ‘Charleston loophole’

    There has been extensive discussion of the so-called “Charleston loophole” by which Dylann Roof was allegedly permitted to purchase the handgun used in the nine murders at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Zion Church on June 17, 2015.
    At a Chicago rally last Feb. 17, Hillary Clinton said the following: “All we want is common sense. We want comprehensive background checks that close the gun-show loophole and online loophole. We want to close what is called the Charleston loophole.

  • Column: S.C. should try Oregon’s Vote By Mail

    Oregon’s Vote By Mail system offers a model that for South Carolina would save millions of dollars to buy new voting machines, avoid long lines for voting, and ensure the security of election results.
    It is used for all elections: federal, state and local, whether primary, general or special, and has been in operation for roughly 25 years. One result is increased voter participation by working parents and senior citizens. The system makes voter fraud virtually impossible, and research has shown that the system favors neither party.