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Today's Opinions

  • Guest Column: Update: Roads my Facebook posters want to know about

    South Carolina’s fuel tax has increased by a total of 6 cents over the last three years. Hopefully, the cost seems justified now that resurfacing projects are seen in every direction.

  • Guest Column: Critique of my name-calling ignores facts that back it up

    As I read Wednesday’s column regarding opinions versus facts by Dianne Evans, I had to somewhat agree.
    However, when I read the following – and I quote – I was a bit perplexed: “When one has no facts to contradict intelligent disclosure, one easily gives way to name-calling. Name-calling – such as “deplorables,” “racists,” “homophobic,” etc. – should be recognized often as an easy way to respond to an argument when one knows no logical way to refute its claims.”

  • Letter: Rethink neighborhood snitches policy

    I’m surprised that Lancaster County’s answer to the problem of out-of-state license plates not being replaced with S.C. plates in a timely manner is to have neighbors turn in neighbors.
    According to a July 10 WBTV On Your Side story, Lancaster County Auditor Susan Hunter Wallace said her office is gathering information to ensure new residents are complying with vehicle property taxes. But she isn’t sure if non-compliance is an issue because the county hasn’t had a compliance officer since 2017.

  • Letter: The Democrats’ god is government power

    In an Aug. 7 column, Martha S. Robinson wrote that her late mother, a deep Christian and a lifelong Republican, could not understand how any Christian could vote for Donald Trump.
    We had a choice of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president. At that voting time, I did not know much about Donald Trump but did know a lot about Hillary and her party.
    Donald Trump is a changed man now who does support and defend the U.S. Constitution, contrary to any Democrat today. Trump was never perfect, but he is much better than the alternative presented to us then or now.

  • Guest Column: Opinions need not always be linked to facts

    This is an opinion page. Here, readers are invited to share their opinions with others – as we do with boldness.
    Opinions, for the most part, are based on feelings, beliefs and attitudes. Opinions are not necessarily fact-based. Nor do they need to be. Everyone is entitled to his or her opinion, and in a free society we honor freedom of speech.

  • Guest Column: College president million-dollar club growing in South Carolina

    As the new University of South Carolina president, Robert Caslen likely will be paid far more than the $650,000 salary that was reported after the school’s board of trustees hired him to run the state’s biggest university.
    Caslen, a retired Army lieutenant general and former West Point military academy president, succeeds the retiring Harris Pastides, whose total annual compensation, according to his latest income-disclosure statement, was nearly $1.15 million.

  • Guest column: Creating a place that draws us back

    When we started this summer internship focused on the future of Lancaster’s downtown, we were not terribly optimistic at first.
    It seemed a task too big for three “Simterns” (interns at the J. Marion Sims Foundation) to handle. Plus, we’re long-term residents of this area, and almost all we can remember about downtown is more of the same.

  • Guest column: Creating a place that draws us back

    When we started this summer internship focused on the future of Lancaster’s downtown, we were not terribly optimistic at first.
    It seemed a task too big for three “Simterns” (interns at the J. Marion Sims Foundation) to handle. Plus, we’re long-term residents of this area, and almost all we can remember about downtown is more of the same.