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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Hammond’s switch pragmatic, but take close look at the GOP

    I read with amusement the Lancaster News article regarding Jeff Hammond’s switch from Democrat to Republican.
    I know the switch was made only to get re-elected in the 2020 county election. This letter is not aimed at Jeff but at the theatrics behind the announcement and what some might derive from such an event.

  • Column: Come share your ideas for reviving downtown

    The J. Marion Sims Foundation has proudly focused on building healthy communities for nearly 25 years. Over the past several years, we have been out in the community, listening to the voices of all people, celebrating our assets, and hearing the hopes and dreams of our residents. We call this work community engagement.

  • Column: Behaving badly in Mount Pleasant

    I don’t live in Mount Pleasant, but if I were a newspaper columnist writing regularly about the shenanigans of local officials, I’d want to live there. I would never run out of material.

  • Letter: Lancaster County’s Transportation Committee is working properly

    Much of Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s May 22 column on the gas tax dealt with state policy issues, and I defer to the legislature on any response.
    I did want to reply to one section where he wrote that gas tax money sent to the County Transportation Committees “…fails to square with the ‘road-repairs only’ pledge, especially since the state has little oversight of how the counties use these dollars….”

  • Editor's Column: Math persuades Jeff Hammond, GOP rejoices without gloating

    OK, I admit it. I went to the GOP celebration of Jeff Hammond’s party-switching announcement last Thursday to see if there would be gloating.
    Maybe I would come back with a tsk-tsk column decrying ball-spiking, sideline-taunting political behavior. Perhaps a reminder as the French Open begins that Rafael Nadal is unfailingly gracious after decimating an opponent.
    But nothing unseemly happened. In the packed Historic Courthouse, the Republican faithful were all glee, no gloat. And that’s good.

  • Guest Column: Do Panthers really need taxpayers’ help?

    At the end of the 2014 regular legislative session, lawmakers slipped in a budget proviso funneling $75,000 through the state tourism agency for the Carolina Panthers’ summer training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg.
    Then-Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed the proviso, writing in her veto message: “The National Football League is an enormously successful multi-billion dollar organization and we’re proud to host the Panthers’ training camp in Spartanburg, but it’s hard to imagine they need $75,000 from South Carolina’s taxpayers.”

  • Guest Column: Our elderly citizens need help to guard against abuse, neglect

    As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected.  
    Older people are vital, contributing members of American society, and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

  • Guest Column: Bad idea to shift gas-tax money away from repairs

    Among the arguments offered by opponents of South Carolina’s 2017 gas-tax hike was that the state’s highway-maintenance spending had historically been inefficient and poorly prioritized.
    They asked: Why should we believe these new tax dollars would be wisely spent?