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Today's Opinions

  • Noble column: Haley’s $29,000 football tickets and higher ed reform

    I love this state, I really do – and that’s why I get so frustrated when we can’t do the obvious right thing for stupid reasons. (Like, say, $29,000 worth of free football tickets, but more on that in a moment.)
    It seems to happen a lot and the current prime example of this is how higher education in this state is run, or probably more accurately, not run.

  • Walker Column: Walker has higher ambitions than being vice president

    This is in response to James McManus’ Feb. 25 letter, “Walker should run for vice president.”
    Well, I guess you got me, James. I will overlook the sarcasm and pretend you really want me to be vice president. Judging by your comments, it appears that former President George Bush and I must be living in your brain rent-free. Could you stock the fridge in here? We need pizza and Mountain Dew.

  • Wilson column: Professor’s death displays domestic violence problem in South Carolina

    On Feb. 5, about 1:15 p.m., students at the University of South Carolina received a text message warning “SHOTS FIRED” – two words that would send chills and panic through the large campus that is home to nearly 32,000 students.
    For a few hours, we all believed that USC had become the latest face of campus shootings.
    Instead, we soon would learn, USC had become the latest site of an epidemic that usually spreads in obscurity, but is all too familiar in South Carolina – domestic violence.

  • Lanning column: King’s dream a ‘big picture’ of end times?

    Daniel 2 describes a dream of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, who later conquered Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Trou-
    bled by his dream, he demanded that his wise men tell him both the dream and its interpretation, or else be dismembered and disgraced.
    As one of several young Hebrews taken captive and trained by Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel faced certain death if he failed to obey the king’s command. Requesting more time, he and his three friends met together to beseech God for wisdom.

  • McGarry letter: County GOP to reorganize precincts

    Every two years, Republicans like you, in every corner of our state, gather to reorganize and recommit to building a solid Republican foundation in South Carolina.
    This past November, we swept the field again. Please know that Lancaster County won one of the biggest contests in the state. With the election of Randy Newman as our 6th Circuit solicitor, we have made major in-roads, not only by strengthening what we already have as a Republican majority in Lancaster, but some firsts of their kind in Fairfield and Chester counties.

  • Helms letter: County property tax deadline next week

    An important deadline is approaching for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2014 tax books, which takes place March 16.
    This is an important step in the annual fiscal budgeting process for Lancaster County government, as it allows those who serve on County Council, the school board and the town and city councils to determine how much tax revenue they will have to work with as they finish their 2015-2016 budgets.

  • Clements letter: Domestic violence bill just for women?

    The Associated Press had an article in the Feb. 25 papers about the domestic violence bill now wending its way through the Legislature.
    Like Gov. Nikki Haley’s new commission, this bill has all the appearances of being a “hit job” aimed at males. Haley’s commission is staffed by a number of feminist-centered organizations and people.

  • Ussery column: How I ‘hypnotized’ 52 chickens in June of 1960

     

    A  family member requested I write about the time I “hypnotized” 52 chickens for a $25 bet with five of my friends. Even though these were close friends, they did not know that I had a master’s degree in the social life of chickens.