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Today's Opinions

  • Taxpayer-funded nonprofits are not immune to FOIA

    Did you know that taxpayers are helping to fund a nonprofit business enterprise whose attorneys lobby the Statehouse while this business directs and dictates public policies to South Carolina’s county councils? This practice creates a conflict because taxpayer funds are being spent to lobby for an agenda that taxpayers cannot vote on and for policy positions that might not be supported by taxpayers. This business enterprise is the S.C. Association of Counties (SCAC).

  • Thanks to Band for outstanding job at library

    Richard Band devoted 35 years to the Lancaster County Library and it’s likely his legacy will be felt for years to come.
    Band, 64, retired May 31 after spending nearly half of his life improving and expanding the Lancaster County Library system.
    Band’s impact is obvious.
    “When I came, we had no branches and were only open one night a week,” Band said. “We had a big old card catalog in the middle of the room with 40,000 cards that took up all the room. There wasn’t a lot of technology.”

  • Caregivers need respite

    “I was tired, but it was a different kind of tired. This kind of tired comes from day after day of constant caregiving with no end in sight – with no hope and no one to care. Respite allowed me to be with people who care and realize that some people understand what caregivers are going through.”

  • Looks like an inside job

    Our government is run by immoral and dishonest figures who pursue policies and actions designed to ruin America. It’s a war waged on America, sadly, from the inside.
    Sinister and destructive actions of America’s leadership, including the behavior of political parties, but especially the radical left, the mainstream media, the White House and President Barack Obama are leading to our demise.

  • Time to limit government overreach

    The nation learned in May that the Justice Department secretly obtained the phone records of more than 100 Associated Press reporters and monitored Fox News reporter James Rosen’s personal email and cell phone records, branding him a “possible co-conspirator” in a classified leak case for asking questions to a government source.
    These revelations sent shock waves throughout newsrooms nationwide. Reporters can no longer assure their sources that interviews will remain confidential because there is no way to tell whether the government is listening.

  • School choice, though limited, is a victory for S.C. families

    There are few things that bring me more pleasure as chairman of the S.C. Republican Party than praising our state’s elected officials for focusing on truly meaningful reforms. Recently, members of our state Senate did just that.
    For more than a decade, school choice has been a big part of the national dialogue on education reform. In fact, 22 other states currently have school choice programs. That number is growing year after year.

  • Poor roads deter visit from friends

    I am distraught beyond belief. Because the road that fronts Carolina Christian Academy is constantly spot-patched instead of being fixed correctly, my friends from Indian Land will no longer visit me.
    This upsets me that they can’t visit because they have to travel such poor quality highways here.

    Upset and lonely
    Lynn Powers
    Lancaster

  • Demby deserves honor

    Plenty can be said of David Demby. What you can’t say about Demby is that he’s inactive. “I’m tied up all the time,” Demby said.
    So true because Demby is a man wearing many hats.
    He’s an army reservist, a Lancaster County Emergency Medical Services paramedic and time as a field training officer with the Lancaster County EMS.
    One time when Demby had to pause for some time came earlier this spring when he was awarded the Paramedic of the Year.