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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Why does state disguise who’s really in charge?

    When it comes to debt, the state of South Carolina is swimming in billions of it.
    Yet an important report on the state’s finances, issued by Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and considered a key document by credit rating agencies in evaluating state debt, paints a misleading picture of South Carolina’s government structure and authority over state agencies.

  • 2 preachers prone to smiles, prayers

    The shout, “Well Glory!” marked the life of Curtis Cameron just as bazookas and Bibles left an imprint on W.C. Wallace.
    We lost them – two of the county’s best-known ministers – in the past few days.
    Cameron, 85, died at his home March 22 and Wallace, 93, died Tuesday.
    I have been thinking about the legacy that they left us.
    At a small community newspaper, we don’t just write about folks. We really know them.

  • 2 preachers prone to smiles, prayers

    The shout, “Well Glory!” marked the life of Curtis Cameron just as bazookas and Bibles left an imprint on W.C. Wallace.
    We lost them – two of the county’s best-known ministers – in the past few days.
    Cameron, 85, died at his home March 22 and Wallace, 93, died Tuesday.
    I have been thinking about the legacy that they left us.
    At a small community newspaper, we don’t just write about folks. We really know them.

  • 2 preachers prone to smiles, prayers

    The shout, “Well Glory!” marked the life of Curtis Cameron just as bazookas and Bibles left an imprint on W.C. Wallace.
    We lost them – two of the county’s best-known ministers – in the past few days.
    Cameron, 85, died at his home March 22 and Wallace, 93, died Tuesday.
    I have been thinking about the legacy that they left us.
    At a small community newspaper, we don’t just write about folks. We really know them.

  • 2 preachers prone to smiles, prayers

    The shout, “Well Glory!” marked the life of Curtis Cameron just as bazookas and Bibles left an imprint on W.C. Wallace.
    We lost them – two of the county’s best-known ministers – in the past few days.
    Cameron, 85, died at his home March 22 and Wallace, 93, died Tuesday.
    I have been thinking about the legacy that they left us.
    At a small community newspaper, we don’t just write about folks. We really know them.

  • Column: Officials move toward selling Santee Cooper

    Last week the S.C. House made historic progress toward protecting South Carolina ratepayers and taxpayers. With Senate and House joint resolutions, consensus is building to sell the state-owned utility Santee Cooper.
    The House authorized the Public Service Authority Evaluation and Recommendation Committee to analyze bids to purchase the utility.
    A special legislative committee, comprised of four House members, four Senate members and the governor, started researching the potential sale of Santee Cooper eight months ago.

  • Letter: Don’t use taxes to help Panthers

    The number of jobs created by the new Panthers facility isn’t the issue. The issue is the use of taxpayer money to subsidize a private business – which the Panthers are – and that’s wrong.
    Even more wrong is the use of taxpayer money for this purpose when cash-strapped governments struggle to finance such basic public programs as schools, transportation, parks, etc.

  • Letter: Smollett case just makes no sense

    So let me see. If I lied about two black men wearing Obama hats attacking me, yelling racial slurs, pouring bleach on me, tying a noose around my neck and beating me, all I would have to do to walk away free is complete 18 hours of community service and forfeit $10,000 in bail?
    I think not!
    But that’s what happened to Jussie Smollett, the “Empire” actor who lied about being the victim of a hate crime. He did two days of community work with Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition and forfeited his $10,000 bail.