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Today's Opinions

  • Column: State has long amassed health-care database

    If you receive health-related services from certain state agencies, chances are you weren’t told your personal information could be included in a massive “data warehouse” that lawmakers and their staffs have been allowed access to for years.
    A state privacy law and inter-agency agreements for the 16-year-old database offer weak privacy protections for citizens who deal with S.C. agencies, a review by The Nerve found.

  • Column: Our state’s FOI law a powerful muscle, needs constant flexing

    Through South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act, diligent journalists and others have discovered much revealing information about the actions of state and local government in our state.

  • Letter: Stadium parking needs better lights

    I enjoy going to the Buford football games. I do not enjoy walking through the parking area.
    We need more lights for the safety of the people. Let’s not wait for an accident to happen.

    Larry Cohen
    Buford

  • Commentary: Graham reacts to Florence, Manafort plea, Mueller probe

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham appeared on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” last Sunday. Host John Dickerson interviewed him about the still-unfolding Hurricane Florence, the special counsel’s investigation and North Korea. Here are excerpts.

    John Dickerson: South Carolina is seeing significant rain and flooding. Senator, how’s the state doing?

  • Column: Journalism under attack just as we need it most

    When has the work of journalists been more important?
    Was it 50 years ago, when America’s inner cities were burning and the Pentagon was hiding the scope and nature of the war in Vietnam?
    Or 100 years ago, when the administration of President Woodrow Wilson was muzzling newspapers and churning out propaganda in support of the nation’s involvement in what would become known as World War I?

  • Letter: Sign up now for IL Relay For Life

    We’re all set for registration for the upcoming Relay For Life season. Our event site is live at relay.acsevents.org, so be sure to get signed up and invite your friends and family to do the same.

  • Column: Creating community through conversation

    On April 26, more than 80 members of the Lancaster community came together to take part in the Community Conversation on Civility in Public Life.
    Sponsored by the J. Marion Sims Foundation’s Community Engagement Corps and USC Lancaster, this gathering was part of the National Week of Conversation, a nationwide effort to cultivate meaningful and respectful dialogue on our nation’s greatest challenges. Across the nation, 131 communities across 35 states took part in their own conversations on civility.

  • Column: Many counties miss out on spending from gas-tax hike

    In the first year of a controversial law hiking the state’s gasoline tax and other fees, the S.C. Department of Transportation spent no proceeds in 20 of South Carolina’s 46 counties, newly released records show.
    Overall, only about $7 million, or 2.2 percent, of $312.6 million in total revenues collected from July 1, 2017, through June 30 was spent on “external” projects, according to agency records.