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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Lawmakers’ busy agenda squeezes in license tags

    If you left someone off your Christmas list and then they showed up with a gift for you and now you’re trying to find the “misplaced” gift that you had bought for them, here’s an idea.
    How about a “Beach Music” South Carolina license plate?
    What if they don’t like Beach Music? Well, what about NASCAR, or coon hunting, or pets, or sports?
    There are endless possibilities, because our state legislature loves to create new license plates.

  • Column: Another example of how legislature hangs onto power

    It’s the week before Christmas and the last thing on anyone’s mind is a state board whose acronym sounds like something an over-the-counter pill wouldn’t fix. But the STIB, which met a few days ago, should have made headlines.
    The State Transportation Infrastructure Bank’s mission is “to focus greater attention on larger transportation projects, and thereby allow (the state Department of Transportation) to devote resources to other important transportation projects.”

  • Column: Merrill indictment spotlights systemic problems

    A year or so ago, I was driving around Charleston with a member of the S.C. General Assembly, talking about various people, problems and politics in the State House. My friend is a long-time legislator and one of the most decent and honorable public servants I know.
    As we topped the Ravenel Bridge, I asked him, “Is Jim Merrill a crook?” After a long pause, he said, “That is a question of law that must be determined by the courts…. But he is extremely bold.”

  • Column: New GOP chair invites citizens to get involved

    It is with great pleasure that I write to you as the new chairman of the Lancaster County Republican Party.
    Our outgoing chair, Brandon Newton, did an excellent job leading the Lancaster GOP to record heights in the 2016 elections, and I look forward to him representing our county in the S.C. House.
    As chairman, I will continue the good work of the Republican Party in working for a better Lancaster County. But if we want this country, state and county to thrive, we must all get involved, become educated and take action.

  • Column: Chamber’s missive to North Pole

    Dear Santa,
    It’s been a great year here in Lancaster. We sure do like the new leaders you gave us in 2016. Susan DeVenny, Jamie Gilbert and Flip Hutfles are already doing great things and having a positive impact on our community.
    We miss our late Mayor Joe Shaw, but Mayor John Howard loves our city and is committed to doing everything he can to make Lancaster better.

  • Letter: Electoral college has worked fine

    Well, so much for the smooth transition from President Obama’s administration to President-elect Trump’s.
    First Lady Michelle Obama stated that there is “no hope” in reference to the new administration. President Obama said he’ll keep an eye out for Donald Trump going against American traditions. What a comedian Obama is.

  • Column: 2014 reform failed to shift control from lawmakers

    In early 2014, Gov. Nikki Haley signed into law a bill that was supposed to reform state government. It created the Department of Administration and moved the Budget and Control Board’s functions under the governor’s control.
    The bill was widely hailed as historic, and the governor signed it with much fanfare. Yet nearly three years later, somehow it has been almost completely forgotten.
    Why? Perhaps because the bill changed so little.

  • Column: A child needs you: Volunteer for Guardian ad Litem work

    The holidays are upon us. Do you have a “wish list?” If so, what’s on your list? New clothes? Jewelry? Maybe the latest smartphone?
    What if your wish was not for material things? What if your wish was to be able to have a home where you are loved and protected? What if your wish was to see your brothers and sisters and play together again?
    These are the wishes of many S.C. children living in foster care. Fortunately, you can help make their wishes come true by volunteering for the Cass Elias McCarter Guardian ad Litem (GAL) Program.