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Today's Opinions

  • Guest Column: Treasurer’s office staffing IL service center monthly

    Foot traffic in our office at the county’s new Indian Land Service Center has been light, so I’m writing to remind residents about our monthly office hours there and our commitment to serving the taxpayers in the most efficient way.
    Part of keeping the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office taxpayer-friendly is coming up with new choices for improved customer service.

  • Guest Column: Power to select S.C. magistrates often resides in a single senator

    The S.C. Senate’s quiet move at the end of last month’s special legislative session to confirm Mike Pitts as a Laurens County magistrate surprised even some senators when the former state House member’s name was quickly read across the desk.

  • Guest Column: Everyone should play a role in stopping child sex abuse

    In today’s society, educating our children on many things is essential. We educate them on reading, math, science, technology and many other things, but do we prepare them for what to do if they’ve been sexually assaulted or raped?
    In Lancaster County, 387 cases were reported to law enforcement during 2018 by the Children’s Advocacy Center, part of the nonprofit Palmetto Citizens Against Sexual Assault, which serves Lancaster, Chester and Fairfield counties.

  • Letter: Oust Norman over 1st-responder vote

    Congressman Ralph Norman represents neither me nor my values.
    He voted last week against the First Responders’ Healthcare Extension, which would have continued health-care benefits for those disabled by their work at Ground Zero after the 9/11 terror attacks.
    This is not what 5th District residents support. Norman’s vote, one of only 12 nays in the U.S. House, is a clear indication that he is out of touch with the national will. We count on our first responders. We respect them and support them.

  • Guest Column: Santee Cooper has always been generous with rate-payer money

    As Santee Cooper was accumulating billions in debt for the failed V.C. Summer nuclear project, the state-owned utility was doling out millions that benefited major corporations, local governments and economic-development groups, utility records show.
    From August 2010 to April 2018, at least $121 million in grants and no-interest and low-interest loans were approved for projects statewide, including:

  • Guest Column: Why must disagreement become us-versus-them fistfighting to the death?

    Two parents sat, discussing the best way to teach their son about money.
    The mother wanted to give the son an allowance each month so that he would learn the consequences of saving and spending. She wanted him to do chores, but not to be financially compensated.
    “Chores are his duty as a member of this family,” she said.
    The father understood this point of view but disagreed. He thought their son should earn his money for the chores that he completed.

  • Editor's Column: When will all the nonsense cease in Heath Springs?

    One of two things must be true about the bizarre procedural dysfunction of Heath Springs town government over the past four months.
    Either its officials are regularly disregarding multiple state laws, or they do not know what the laws require. Either way, there’s serious trouble in the town of 900 residents.

  • Guest Column: Recognizing journalists who gave their all

    WASHINGTON – World War II correspondent Ernie Pyle died during the invasion of Okinawa in 1945. 
    In his pocket was a draft of his last column, “On Victory in Europe.” He wrote, “...the companionship of two and a half years of death and misery is a spouse that tolerates no divorce. Such companionship finally becomes a part of one’s soul, and it cannot be obliterated.”