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Today's Opinions

  • Beware Common Core lite in S.C.

    On several recent occasions you may have heard pundits or public officials claim that South Carolina has gotten rid of Common Core.

    The implication is that the state has retaken power from the federal government over education policy. There’s some truth in that, and it’s certainly encouraging to see some state officials moving in that direction, but to claim South Carolina has regained sovereignty over its academic standards would be – unfortunately – far from the truth.

  • Director: ‘destroyed’ letter not related to new media policy

    Nearly eight months after a “destroyed” State Ethics Commission letter was provided to The Nerve, the longtime director of the state ethics-watchdog agency still won’t explain how the letter exists despite his earlier statements to the contrary.

    But in a written response July 18 to The Nerve, Herb Hayden said a pending lawsuit against him and the Ethics Commission in connection with the letter in question has nothing to do with a new media policy announced at a recent commission meeting.

  • Creative school fundraiser? Let parents give directly to schools

    A federal nutrition program that places new restrictions on snacks and beverages sold in schools also provides an opportunity for some fresh thinking about school fundraisers.

    As reported by The State newspaper recently, The Smart Snacks in Schools program creates a dilemma: how will schools raise private dollars if they can no longer sell snack foods?

    How creative would it be simply to stop selling?

  • Inaction council impacts our local pets

    I have been reading and watching Lancaster County Council’s 1-cent tax debacle and all I can say is it is a fiasco from start to finish.

    It seems the county is playing “Johnny come lately,” as is their usual mode of operation. Wait until the problem is so severe that only a rushed-through agenda with a poorly thought-out plan is their only way out.

  • Mattamy withdraws Treetops application

    Mattamy Homes has withdrawn its application to build a 900-home subdivision on the former Treetops property in northern Van Wyck. The project will not be built.

    The decision was conveyed to Lancaster County in a letter signed by Tom Kutz, Mattamy vice president of land acquisition and development, dated July 14, although the fact did not become widely known until last week.

    Lancaster County Council is expected to remove the pending ordinances from the table and vote them down at some point to clean up the council agenda.

  • Governing means making some tough choices

    With reference to the capital sales tax, Lancaster County Council is having trouble on what to do with this money. Well, let me help. I can’t understand why this issue is so puzzling. Put the money where it is needed most. Lancaster County has a serious problem with skilled workers. An example for instance is the need for welders.

  • Apollo 11 is worth remembering

    July 21 marked the anniversary of one of America’s great triumphs. Forty-five years earlier, the eyes of a nation were transfixed to their black and white TV sets to watch history unfold as an American astronaut stepped foot on the grey lunar soil. Neil Armstrong became the first man to stand on ground not of this Earth.

  • S.C. still abusing children

    For several years now I have written this same column – and I’m going to keep writing it until we, as a state, stop abusing our children.

    Because we do, in fact, abuse our children. And we have been doing it for a long time.