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Today's Opinions

  • Column: What survived in final budget: Key investments in state’s future

    The 2018 sitting of the S.C. General Assembly has wrapped up. The state budget for this upcoming fiscal year passed June 28. No budget is ever perfect, but we did invest in some critical needs areas. Below I go through some of those areas and other important bills that made it into law. 

    School salaries, safety

    This year, the General Assembly invested in our education system, increasing funding for both teacher pay and school safety.

  • Letter: Social Security mixup should be avoidable

    With identity theft on the rise, you would think the Social Security Administration could make some adjustments to their policies or procedures.

    My daughter and I on June 4th had to reapply for an original copy of our Social Security cards. We had to drive all the way to Rock Hill to file the SS-4 form. I understand that the records should be checked before issuing the cards, absolutely.

  • Letter: Garris’ experience makes her my pick

    Vote for Tamara Green Garris as mayor of the city of Lancaster on July 10.

    Ms. Garris has served on the city council representing District 4 since 2009 and was appointed mayor pro tem in 2017 during the late Mayor John Howard’s term. She is currently serving in the position of acting mayor.

    In my opinion, Ms. Garris has the experience, knowledge and wisdom to make a difference in our city. Please vote. Every vote counts.

    Monique Stover

    Lancaster

  • Column: Let’s all return to civility in nation’s public debates

    My wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Md., most of last Wednesday. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group and taking an afternoon to enjoy Annapolis.

    I never dreamed we were just one day and a few streets away from what would become America’s next horrific shooting. A newspaper office staff was gunned down by a crazed gunman. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones of those shot at the Capital Gazette.

  • Column: An element of school reform that will take very hard work

    It was a tiny exchange in the Henry McMaster-John Warren debate that was remembered, if at all, for giving Mr. McMaster another laugh line.

    The governor was explaining that the key to improving education is economic growth and sort of vice versa when he announced: “And now that I will be in charge of appointing the superintendent of education, we’re going to get a lot more done in South Carolina in education reform.”

  • Letter: Article about James Brooks a pointless rehash of charges

    I usually enjoy the articles in the paper every week. However, this week there was a front-page article that disturbed me greatly.

    It was a rehash of the incidents regarding James Brooks.

    I certainly do not condone his behavior, but he has a young son who lives in the area and does not need this in his face.

    There was nothing new in the article. You were not trying to find out why he has not had his day in court.

    It appeared that it was a very slow day newspapers.

    This is why people do not read papers that much anymore.

  • Letter: Immigrant analogy is offensive in Rudy Schmidt’s column

    This is in response to Rudy Schmidt’s June 29 guest column “Common sense: Before all else on immigration, stop the influx.”

    Mr. Schmidt, are you really comparing immigrants to bath water? Shame on you!

    Neil Couch

    Lancaster

  • Column: We get into this business to tell our readers the truth

    A dedication to the truth and the communities we serve – that is what journalism is all about. A commitment to the people’s right to know.
    That idea is out of public favor these days.
    President Trump has led the charge against the news media. At one campaign rally, he jokingly imitated a journalist’s physical disability. Now he routinely labels accurate reporting as “fake news.” He calls the press pool that covers him “the most dishonest people.”