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Today's Opinions

  • Is Washington determined to close down postal service?

    Looks like folks in Washington are bound and determined to disband our postal service. It’s been working for more than 200 years in wars and all kinds of weather. Why, our politicians spend more money “investigating” than they do in “fixin’” stuff.
    There is talk about the pension for postal employees, which cannot be changed because of Congress. I guess it’s goodbye to home delivery of mail if we wait for Congress to fix the problem.

  • Educational choice is already working in S.C.

    There’s no question that people like having options. It’s simple, but true. In everything from smart phones to shoes, people take for granted the ability to choose products that fit their needs and personality.
    That same desire for choices applies to larger, more vital goods and services.

  • Honest government is essential to all of us

    The world has finally discovered South Carolina. Those of us who live here have known it all along: No other place has the beaches, mountains, salt marshes, temperate climate, forests, wildlife and fertile farmlands that we do.

  • S.C. schools seek the right formula

    We’ve heard the excuses about why South Carolina schools are so far behind others in the nation.
    And, to be honest, many of the excuses are valid.
    But that doesn’t take the sting out of the recent report that shows, despite all the effort and goal-setting to make South Carolina’s schools more accountable, we still are lagging way behind.
    The S.C. Education Oversight Committee reported that goals established for the year 2020 may not be met unless there are drastic changes in the way we educate our students.

  • Mulvaney explains his No Budget, No Pay vote

    Late last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the No Budget, No Pay Act, which, among other things, temporarily extended the nation’s debt ceiling. The Senate followed suit, and the president signed the bill into law. 
    I voted for the bill. Here’s why:
    For the past two years, many of us in the House (some more than others, unfortunately) have been trying to draw attention to the alarming condition of our nation’s debt, our record deficits and the out-of-control spending in Washington.

  • Stop teen dating violence

    It has been almost three years since 19-year-old Siobhan Russell was found brutally stabbed to death by her 17-year-old boyfriend in Oak Hill, Va.
    In 2010, Siobhan’s abuser was arrested and sentenced to 40 years in prison. After living through this horrific event, Siobhan’s mother was determined to do all that she could to prevent other acts of abuse and violence. She now runs an organization to raise awareness about teen dating violence, where she speaks to communities about the warning signs of dating violence. She is an example for us all.

  • Officer Brown deserves recognition

    In honor of February’s Black History Month, I would like to pay tribute to one of Lancaster County’s first black sheriff’s deputies, Jimmy Brown. Brown was originally hired by former Sheriff Nae Parks.
    Brown deserves numerous accolades. He served Lancaster County with honesty and pride for his work. He also served under sheriff’s Williford Faile and Johnny Cauthen.
    Jimmy, I want to say thank you for your service to the citizens of Lancaster County.

    Carl Miles
    Lancaser
     

  • Clinton blames others for Benghazi’s deaths

    If you didn’t tune in to watch the Senate questioning Secretary of Stare Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi attack, I can sum up the whole hearing in one word – diarrhea.
    By the amount of time the Democrats spent on reaping praise on Secretary Clinton you’d thought she’d cured cancer, brought peace to the Middle East and won American Idol.