http://www.thelancasternews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Column: Rudest judge I’ve encountered gets maneuvered off the bench http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/column-rudest-judge-i%E2%80%99ve-encountered-gets-maneuvered-bench <p> Something remarkable happened in S.C. legal and political circles this past Tuesday. A sitting circuit judge running unopposed for reelection withdrew her candidacy before the Judicial Screening Commission.<br /> News reports have focused on the unfavorable comments made by lawyers regarding Judge Kristi Harrington in an anonymous survey. The surveys revealed that many lawyers who had appeared before this judge thought she was unqualified by temperament to serve. Those survey results were not the only speed bump in Judge Harrington&rsquo;s path.<br /> Column: GOP support for Moore reveals party’s true character http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/column-gop-support-moore-reveals-party%E2%80%99s-true-character <p> Over the past year, I have read letters and op-eds in this paper promoting the Republican Party.<br /> As we all know, the party dominates a large majority of statewide and local offices. In my opinion, many of our local politicians joined the party not as a statement of their ideology but as a means of easily being reelected to positions they had enjoyed as Democrats.<br /> The Republican Party has wrapped itself in the American flag, thumped Bibles and promoted itself as the party of family values.<br /> Column: Tributes to an S.C. pioneer, Chief Justice Ernest Finney http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/column-tributes-sc-pioneer-chief-justice-ernest-finney <img src="http://www.thelancasternews.com/sites/www.thelancasternews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/finney_3.jpg" alt="Former S.C. Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr. addresses the bench once more in defense of the Friendship Nine in January 2015. Finney defended the men in 1961 during their trial for sitting at a whites only lunch counter in Rock Hill. The convictions were vacated Jan. 28, 2015." title="Former S.C. Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney Jr. addresses the bench once more in defense of the Friendship Nine in January 2015. Finney defended the men in 1961 during their trial for sitting at a whites only lunch counter in Rock Hill. The convictions were vacated Jan. 28, 2015." align="left" hspace="6" width="121" height="85" /><p> Ernest Finney, former chief justice of the S.C. Supreme Court, died Sunday at his home in Columbia. He was 86.<br /> Finney, a Virginia native, was a hero in the state&rsquo;s judicial community, a well-known legislator and accomplished civil-rights attorney. He broke racial barriers throughout his life, becoming a Supreme Court justice in 1985 and chief justice in 1994, the first African-American to hold those positions since Reconstruction.<br /> Column: S.C. lawmakers shouldn’t gripe about counties’ spending habits http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/column-sc-lawmakers-shouldn%E2%80%99t-gripe-about-counties%E2%80%99-spending-habits <p> In a recent House Ways and Means subcommittee meeting, state lawmakers expressed great concern about the responsibility of county spending practices.<br /> Let&rsquo;s be clear: County spending habits are technically no concern of the state, from a jurisdictional perspective. However, the law requires the General Assembly to set aside 4.5 percent of last year&rsquo;s general fund revenue for the local government fund (LGF) to cover state mandates on counties and municipalities.<br /> Letter: Sun City dweller is feeling gouged http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/letter-sun-city-dweller-feeling-gouged <p> I read your Nov. 26 article with interest regarding Indian Land jobs and skyrocketing income.<br /> We purchased our home in Sun City 10&frac12; years ago for cash after selling our home in Raintree (N.C.) after 24-plus years.<br /> In all these years, I have always felt gouged at the Water Department since two seniors (wife and myself) pay on average $60 per month for water. Our home in Charlotte was almost twice the size, three children still lived with us then and the water was about half the cost.<br /> Column: George Washington got it right: Religion, morality indispensable http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/column-george-washington-got-it-right-religion-morality-indispensable <p> American morality is crashing down around us today in our government officials, entertainment moguls and media stars. Why is that?<br /> George Washington was a very wise man. To understand his wisdom and its source, read his farewell address of 1796. He said in part, &ldquo;&hellip;of all dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports&hellip;. Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be managed without religion.&rdquo;<br /> Washington knew why things went wrong over 200 years ago.<br /> Column: Government isn’t meant to tax away income inequality http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/column-government-isn%E2%80%99t-meant-tax-away-income-inequality <p> In his Friday opinion column, Bobby Collins made an impassioned argument concerning income inequality, a common Democratic talking point.<br /> The Declaration of Independence asserts that certain rights are unalienable, and &ldquo;that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.&rdquo;&nbsp;Neither the Declaration of Independence nor the Constitution asserts that you will be happy or that you will achieve your desires.<br /> Letter: New post office should be in center of IL http://www.thelancasternews.com/content/letter-new-post-office-should-be-center-il <p> Regarding the new U.S. post office in the 29707 ZIP code &ndash; the area known as Indian Land.<br /> Postal officials were quoted as saying they have listened to the people and have moved the location of the new 29707 post office west of Lowe&rsquo;s near S.C. 160.<br /> I don&rsquo;t believe they listen too good.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> Why do we need a new post office only a few miles from the Fort Mill 29715 post office? Why do we want it close to the North Carolina state line?<br />