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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: Butch Flynn’s political self-destruction

    This newspaper hasn’t endorsed a candidate in Lancaster’s July 10 mayoral election, but I’m dis-endorsing one today – Butch Flynn.
    Mr. Flynn chose not to appear with the other four candidates Monday to answer questions in the campaign’s single public mayoral forum. He had not returned our phone calls since the news broke that he had been arrested May 1 for disobeying a court order in a family court case.

  • Commentary: House budget creates data warehouse on S.C. residents

    A little-known proviso in the House budget would create a statewide personal information data warehouse. The proviso’s language is vague, the permissions are sweeping, and the accountability mechanisms are completely absent.
    This proviso (117.155) is currently in conference committee – and unless it is taken out in the committee, this all-encompassing data warehouse will be created.

  • Column: Threats to our constitutional republic are being ignored

    When I think back
    On all the crap I learned in high school,
    It’s a wonder
    I can think at all.
    And though my lack of education
    Hasn’t hurt me none,
    I can read the writing on the wall.
    – “Kodachrome” by Paul Simon

    All the people could see the writing on the wall at King Nebuchadnezzar’s party, but only Daniel could tell what it meant.

  • Commentary: Rep. Sanford ‘wasn’t Trump enough in the age of Trump’

    Editor’s note: Rep. Mark Sanford lost in last week’s Republican primary for his congressional seat after President Trump denounced him on Twitter as voters were going to the polls. Sanford was interviewed Sunday by moderator Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” Here are excerpts of their discussion.

     

  • Column: Anyone watching as S.C. agency head takes job with a regulated contractor?

    Beverly Buscemi didn’t publicly – and apparently neither privately to key people – reveal specifics about her new job with her resignation at the end of last year as the longtime director of the S.C. Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.
    “At this time, I feel it is important to move onto other opportunities outside of South Carolina while continuing to follow my passion of supporting individuals with disabilities,” Buscemi wrote in a letter to staff when her resignation was announced in October.

  • Letter: When will Ansley Park construction noise calm down?

    As residents of Indian Land, my wife and I expect a certain amount of inconvenience due to progress – things like slow traffic, increased traffic or even changes in traffic due to new construction.
    What we didn’t expect was the barrage of sounds coming from a construction site near us that has been under way for over a year now. The machines used for the earth-moving at Ansley Park off Henry Harris Road are extremely loud, and although the site is about a half mile from us, the low-lying topography between us seems to conduct the machine sounds and amplify them.

  • Column: Don’t just complain! Change broken politics at ballot box

    Dear voter, you are the reason why America is broken.
    You have no right to complain about your government not working. You have the right every two or four years to overthrow your government and ensure that your government will work. Yet you usually choose the status quo, and the only reason I can see for this is so that you can complain about it.

  • Column: We need help to fight off depression in everyday life

    The suicides of Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade shocked us this month, highlighting yet again that even the most talented, famous and wealthy among us can suffer unbearable depression. 
    At some point in our lives, we all feel helplessness and despair. I am no stranger to those feelings.
    My house was one of many that became part of the Saluda River in the 2015 floods that swept through Columbia.