Today's Opinions

  • Letter: State should fix S.C. 160 traffic

    I am writing in regards to the traffic situation that occurs nearly every morning at the intersection of Calvin Hall and S.C. 160.
    Since Movement Mortgage opened its doors in the spring, the traffic at that intersection has been a nightmare. Routinely, the cars are backed up almost to U.S. 521 in one direction and often farther than that in the opposite direction.

  • Letter: Thank you all and God bless

    I want to say thank you and God bless you to a number of people.
    Mr. Jerry Blackmon, thank you for giving the Lancaster Sheriff’s Department $50,000 for body cameras to help them and all of us have security.

  • Column: Declaration of S.C. barbeque supremacy

    Preamble – When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the culinary bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and preeminent station to which the Laws of BBQ and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to declare South Carolina’s BBQ Supremacy.

  • Column: Ex-lawmakers, staffers earn hefty salaries at S.C. agencies

    Nepotism is a well-known part of S.C. state government.
    Lawmakers routinely appoint their siblings and spouses and friends to university boards and various state commissions, for example. Less well known are the outsized salaries associated with some of those positions.
    Before considering the salaries of lawmakers’ friends and relatives, though, take a look at the salaries of those in charge of core state agencies – law enforcement and the like.

  • Letter: Spoon-counting time in American politics

    I’ll make this short and sweet. When I think of Hillary Clinton, a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson comes to mind.
    “The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.”
    I think that about sums her up.

    Ronald Hopkins

  • Column: S.C. must start expecting more of itself

    Recently, I was talking with a Columbia woman who works with government contracting on the local, state and national level. She has built a multimillion-dollar business, and she runs it with honesty and integrity.
    In talking about her work with S.C. state government, she said something that stopped me dead in my tracks. “State government has become so corrupt on every level,” she said, “and it’s been that way for so long that people just accept it as business as usual – just the way it is.”

  • Column: Rep. Clyburn’s earmarked road projects trump state priority list

    Last week, the S.C. Transportation Commission voted to spend $21.5 million in federal money on a list of projects associated with Congressman Jim Clyburn.
    The commission-approved project list looks very different from the state Department of Transportation’s road project priority list, however. It includes, for example, $11.5 million for a Main Street revitalization project in Sumter and about $360,000 for pedestrian facilities in Anderson – neither of which are anywhere on DOT’s priority list.

  • Column: The Postal Service is in trouble, and we need Congress to fix it

    I got the mail today.
    A couple of bills. A greeting card. Some catalogs. A newspaper. One package that my wife grabbed right away. (Wonder what that was?)
    Lately, it occurs to me how completely I take for granted that I will get the mail tomorrow.