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Today's Opinions

  • Letter: Our elected leaders are hurting America

    What is this country coming to?
    If Meals on Wheels and the lunch program at school are cut, the elderly and children are going to suffer. This is wrong.
    The big wheels in Washington will still get plenty to eat. But our elderly and kids, this may be the only good meal they get.
    Medicaid and Social Security will be next, and food stamps too. Our food pantries will be denied funding. That will be the end for a lot of people.

  • Column: Why a tax hike for roads won’t fix the state’s roads

    We’re hearing a lot of scary claims from the S.C. Department of Transportation and from legislative leaders: we have the highest rate of road fatalities in the nation, it will take billions to climb out of the hole our infrastructure system is stuck in, we have to pass some pretty significant tax hikes in order to truly address problems, and so on.
    What are they not telling us? A lot, actually.

  • Column: Both parties twist words, forsake truth

    I have a lot to say against Democrats. They are on the wrong side of any objective truth. They have their own truths that I reject.
    I also have a lot to say about Republicans. They have some of their own truths also. Republicans’ new motto seems to be “Vote for us because we are not as bad as they are.”
    There is no salvation in any political party. America is in a mess today, and it is getting messier each day.

  • Letter: Mom against allowing smokeable marijuana

    I am concerned as a mother and as a South Carolina citizen about the proposed bill in the S.C. Legislature to legalize smokeable marijuana.
    As written, the bill reflects that to date there isn’t any science to support the medical benefits of the smokeable version of marijuana, and Lancaster County Sheriff Barry Faile has great concerns about policing the smokeable forms. Without science to support the benefits, why would the Legislature want to endanger the citizens of South Carolina by approving smokeable marijuana?

  • Letter: I support Connelly in 5th District race

    Last fall, President Trump spoke frequently on the campaign trail about the importance of security at home and abroad. As a former 31-year police officer, I know that if we do not have safety and law and order, none of the other things matter. The candidates for the 5th Congressional District must be asked to address security issues on the campaign trail, and the voters must choose the most qualified candidate.

  • Column: When Trump discusses trade, don’t overlook impact on S.C.

    Last month, President Trump visited Charleston’s Boeing plant and proclaimed the “America First” policy that has been one of his constant themes.
    He said he the country will “rely less on imports and more on products made right here in the U.S.A. … This is our mantra: Buy American and hire American.”
    It’s a great slogan, but it conflicts with the complex realities of global trade.

  • Column: Nonprofits should remain subject to FOIA disclosure

    Where does your tax money go? In most instances it supports direct government activities such as schools, police, housing, public health and the like.
    But in many instances your tax money is transferred to nonprofit corporations that have convinced government leaders that they perform a service worthy of public support. Museums, festivals, parks and tourism promoters are common nonprofit recipients of public funds.
    There is a bill, H.3931, pending in the S.C. House, that would exempt nonprofit organizations getting public funds from the Freedom of Information Act.

  • Column: We need Trump to undo Obama’s horrible policies

    This is my response to the columns by Jeremy Miller and Michael Jedson in Wednesday’s paper, which criticized Dr. Brooks Walker’s support for President Trump.
    I loved Dr. Walker’s letter. It was all true. Trump is trying to save our country. He sees that America is running toward socialist government, and that goes to communist.