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Today's Opinions

  • Column: AmeriCorps program helping our students with ‘near-peer’ advisers

    Let me tell you about an exciting initiative that I’m privileged to be a part of at my alma mater, Lancaster High School.
    It’s an AmeriCorps program. Created as part of the National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993, AmeriCorps helps individuals give back to their communities in service positions across the United States.

  • Column: More details from House’s budget plan

    As a follow-up to my March 8 column on the state budget, I’d like to share other noteworthy previsions in the House budget. These go along with the largest teacher pay raise since 1984, taking S.C. schoolteachers above the Southeastern average, and delivering a tax rebate to give the state’s taxpayers some of their money back from the budget surplus.
    One of the core responsibilities of the House of Representatives is to pass a state budget, which is exactly what was done this past week as the state’s budget moved through the House.

  • Column: Becoming a county delegate to the state GOP convention

    One of the most important benefits of the Republican Party in Lancaster County is with our county’s delegate slots for the upcoming S.C. Republican Party Convention.
    The size of our county’s delegate block is a great reflection of our county’s growing importance in South Carolina elections and a wonderful reward to the voters of the county for supporting Republican candidates in record numbers.

  • Column: Spring arrives, and we bustle to clear away winter’s daze

    Spring comes – like a beautiful woman making promises – and we follow. Aroused by her loveliness, we hastily try to make our premises more suitable for her visit.
    We wash the greyness of winter off the windows, inviting her warmth into our homes. The dusty bookshelves, the soiled carpet, the cluttered closets, the unkempt lawns – all must be cleaned for our bright young guest. We feel rejuvenated by her fragrance, her newness, her vitality. Even the winter flab, which has been obscured beneath bulky sweaters, will be trimmed in her honor.

  • Letter: No engine braking at 3 in the morning

    I have a problem with trucks using their engine braking at the corner in Heath Springs turning towards Kershaw and Flat Rock Road.
    I understand the use of the brake, but not at 3 or 5 or 6 a.m. It literally shakes the windows.
    I talked to the town hall and was told that they would contact the S.C. Department of Transportation. Hope something can be done soon so I can get some sleep.

    Ray Mozingo
    Heath Springs

  • Column: Property tax deadline is this Monday

    An important deadline is approaching this week for Lancaster County taxpayers – the closing of the county’s 2018 tax books, which takes place on 5 p.m. this Monday, March 18.
    This is the deadline for paying property taxes on homes, business properties, boats and motors. (The deadline does not apply to cars.)

  • Column: An eclipse of our state’s sunshine laws

    Remember the August 2017 solar eclipse that carved a path through South Carolina? Bright daylight gave way to shadows, which then gave way to darkness. Within minutes, of course, a summer day was again put into the sun’s bright light.

  • Column: Money for a few key lawmakers’ favorite projects

    State Reps. Bruce Bannister and Dwight Loftis, both Greenville Republicans, want $5 million in state funding to help build a convention center in downtown Greenville.
    Bannister says it would house a large art collection that had been displayed at the private Bob Jones University.
    Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, D-Charleston, who has donated to the nonprofit South Carolina Aquarium, says he wants $1.5 million in state money to move power-generating equipment at the Charleston aquarium to higher ground.