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Today's Opinions

  • Should S.C. pay for our surveillance?

    Gov. Nikki Haley’s executive budget grabbed a few headlines for its items on education, transportation, and Medicaid waiver programs. One component of the budget was almost completely ignored, however, and it shouldn’t be. The governor’s proposed spending plan includes $8.5 million in total funds – $5.3 million from the federal government – for a Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) Fusion Center.

  • U.S. needs better leaders

    French President Hollande and our own President Barack Obama are meeting this week and in a press conference claim to have reached four key points of action and agreement: 1 – spend more on curing global diseases; 2 – work to encourage other countries to fight climate change; 3 – start a dialogue about a transatlantic trade agreement, and 4 – roll back key parts of Iran’s nuclear program and uphold sanctions but not place any new sanctions.

  • Bass column: Few today remember the Orangeburg Massacre

    Unless you’re now a 60-year-old native South Carolinian, you’re unlikely to have any personal memory of the events known as the Orangeburg Massacre. You would have been 14 when it happened on Feb. 8, 1968 – two years before the deaths of four white students at Kent State University in Ohio.
    The new 2014 Black History calendar published by S.C. AT&T for February (national Black History Month), highlights the Orangeburg Massacre. It provides a solid overview of what transpired.

  • Eckstrom column: Apprenticeships help young workers, firms, state’s economy

    For students and families concerned about the high cost of college these days, there’s a unique opportunity available in South Carolina to avoid these costs – and the large student loan debt that often results from them.
    This opportunity lies in our state’s extensive and growing apprenticeship programs.

  • I know why people don’t like politicians

    One of the challenges I face as a politician is that a lot of people don’t like politicians. This honestly doesn’t bother me too much. I work with politicians every day, and I don’t like a lot of them either.

    But sometimes I do try to figure out why that is.

  • Thieves steal recent grad’s four-wheeler

    Some low-life thieves recently stole a young man’s graduation gift from his father. It was a 6800-watt. four-wheeler chained in his yard at Baker Place.

    This young man went to school for 12 years to make something of himself. He already has a promising job and a great future.

    To the thieves, what kind of future do you have except for a life of crime? If you have children, I hope they don’t follow in your footsteps.

    Patty B. Walters

    Lancaster

  • Agency grateful for help with shoeboxes

    I would like to  thank all of the churches, schools, organizations and individuals that participated in the Shoebox for Senior’s Project in December 2013. This is a project sponsored by Lancaster County Council on Aging each year.
    Gifts are sent out to our home-delivered meal clients and if there are enough gifts we also give gifts to our group-dining clients. This year we were blessed with lots of gifts and also with lots of help.
    We received donations and help with getting bags ready for delivery from employees of Lennar Homes of Charlotte.

  • Time to get straight answers from Washington

    By golly I should have followed my Daddy’s advice about writing letters to a newspaper editor. “Son, when you write to a newspaper it’s sorta like leaving the chicken house gate open for the foxes to come a calling,” he said.