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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Fairfield television plant closing, state incentives down the drain

    Plenty of buzz surrounded Element Electronics’ announcement five years ago that it would open a television assembly plant in Fairfield County, with then-Gov. Nikki Haley joining company officials in a live webcast from a Walmart-sponsored conference in Florida.
    But little information was publicly released then about the taxpayer costs of the planned $7.5 million project, which was expected to eventually create 500 jobs. The Nerve at the time revealed, citing state records, that the estimated total public cost over 15 years was nearly $14.8 million.

  • Letter: School board candidate Couch explains residency situation

    I am a candidate to represent Lancaster County School Board in District 5. There are many reasons for running.
    I’d like to be a voice for teachers in the county. I’d hope to bring some fresh ideas to the board through the eyes of a former teacher, coach and current high school baseball umpire.

  • Letter: Questioning the county’s road-maintenance fee

    The county road-maintenance fee – where does it go? It has been in effect since the 1980s when it was $15 per vehicle registered in Lancaster County, which generated close to a million dollars back then.
    Now it is $30 per vehicle every year, and with all the development in the county, there are many more vehicles registered.
    Also when the new courthouse was paid for, we voted to leave the 2 percent sales tax on to pay for road maintenance.
    South Carolina has the worst roads in the nation. Where does all the road maintenance money go?

  • Letter: Presidents Obama and Clinton also went after journalists

    This is a response to the Aug. 10 opinion piece by Mr. Jay Bender.
    As a former professor of journalism, Mr. Bender is obviously offended by President Trump’s assertion that the national press is “the enemy of the people.”
    He fears that President Trump will harm freedom of the press, but has forgotten the Obama administration’s hacking of CBS correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s computer and its seizing of phone records belonging to the parents of Fox News reporter James Rosen.

  • Column: Just disregard Trump’s rants – Journalists not people’s enemy

    Let’s make one thing crystal clear – the press is not the enemy of the American people.
    It is hard to believe any thinking citizen in South Carolina or around the country would actually believe that. Yet some do.
    These attacks against the media by President Trump – mostly against the national press – have gone on far too long and likely won’t stop. But we as citizens must stop believing them and not let community newspapers be tarred by their brush.
    Our founding fathers stood up for a free press, and so should you.

  • Column: Disagreeing with Dems’ chair on basic perceptions of reality

    Keith T. Grey Sr., chairman of the Lancaster County Democratic Party, has a strange perception of the world we live in, and his hearing and vision appear to be rather selective.
    In his guest column last Friday, he asserts that Democrats are attempting nothing more than reasonable gun-safety regulations.
    But former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Diane Feinstein have both argued for banning so-called assault weapons, by which they mean garden variety semi-automatic rifles dressed up to look scary.

  • Letter: What life could be more innocent?

    In his guest column last Friday, Keith Grey Sr. wrote: “I am still waiting for a biblical citation specifically forbidding abortion.” His next sentence contradicts his first. “Citations do abound forbidding taking an innocent life….”
    Doesn’t he see it? What could be more innocent than unborn babies who are aborted? They never will see that incredible sunset, the stars, all of nature that is amazing in itself. They will never grow to accomplish marvelous things in life and perhaps contribute to science for all mankind.

  • Column: For small papers, newsprint tariffs might be the end

    It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington.
    If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a challenge. That is when the newspaper has to be edited, printed and distributed to readers.
    People in Mayville, Wisc., where I publish the Dodge County Pionier, count on my paper. It is how they find out what is happening in town. We don’t have a local TV station. Facebook and Google are here, but the internet has no journalists in my town.