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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: When will all the nonsense cease in Heath Springs?

    One of two things must be true about the bizarre procedural dysfunction of Heath Springs town government over the past four months.
    Either its officials are regularly disregarding multiple state laws, or they do not know what the laws require. Either way, there’s serious trouble in the town of 900 residents.

  • Guest Column: Why must disagreement become us-versus-them fistfighting to the death?

    Two parents sat, discussing the best way to teach their son about money.
    The mother wanted to give the son an allowance each month so that he would learn the consequences of saving and spending. She wanted him to do chores, but not to be financially compensated.
    “Chores are his duty as a member of this family,” she said.
    The father understood this point of view but disagreed. He thought their son should earn his money for the chores that he completed.

  • Guest Column: Santee Cooper has always been generous with rate-payer money

    As Santee Cooper was accumulating billions in debt for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, the state-owned utility was doling out millions that benefited major corporations, local governments and economic-development groups, utility records show.
    From August 2010 to April 2018, at least $121 million in grants and no-interest and low-interest loans were approved for projects statewide, including:

  • Guest Column: A 2nd chance at building a good life for yourself and your family

    The Lancaster Fatherhood Project will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the end of this year, and soon we will have news about changing our name.
    But today I’m writing to tell you about an important opportunity for you or someone you care about to take a legal step that can provide a fresh start in life.
    The Fatherhood Project is again partnering with the 6th Circuit Solicitor’s Office and S.C. Legal Services for a free expungement clinic. The event is from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday at the Fatherhood Project office, 105 S. Wylie St., Lancaster.

  • Guest Column: Recognizing journalists who gave their all

    WASHINGTON – World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle died during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. 
    In his pocket was a draft of his last column, “On Victory in Europe.” He wrote, “...the companionship of two and a half years of death and misery is a spouse that tolerates no divorce. Such companionship finally becomes a part of one’s soul, and it cannot be obliterated.”

  • Letter: Saddened by lack of Christ-like love

    As I read the opinion about how the lady at Starbucks was treated because she was wearing a gay-pride pin and was in fact gay herself, I was deeply saddened.
    As a Christian myself, I want to tell this lady how sorry I am she was treated this way. Please don’t judge the goodness and mercy of the God we serve by the way many of us, his followers, live out our Christian faith. We are to show Christ-like love to the world so that others might come to know him.

  • Letter: Public online school a welcome alternative

    My grandsons Clayland and Brayden were always high-achievers in school. Unfortunately, the distractions of a brick-and-mortar classroom became too much, and they couldn’t focus.
    Their teachers were great, but struggled to balance lessons and class discipline. The boys begged to be home-schooled. Since I don’t have a teaching background, I was hesitant to agree. Thankfully, we’ve found the perfect solution with online public school.

  • Guest Column: Video prompts ethics question in Berkeley senator’s ’17 DUI arrest

    A newly released police video is raising questions about whether S.C. Sen. Paul Campbell tried to use his official position to avoid charges of driving under the influence and lying to police in 2017 – which, if true, would violate state ethics law.