Today's Opinions

  • Norman: Why I voted against extending 9/11 victim fund for 70 years

    H.R. 1327 was the wrong way to do the right thing.
    The bill, titled Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act of 2019, passed the House by a 402-12 vote July 12, sending it to the Senate for further consideration.
    I was one of the no votes, and I want you to understand my reasoning.

  • Guest Column: Is my house going to explode?

    Editor’s note: A house in the Ballantyne community of southern Mecklenburg County exploded July 2, killing one owner and injuring another. The Charlotte Fire Department reported that a natural gas leak was the likely cause.

    With the recent events in the area to the north of Lancaster County, we have seen an increase in calls for the smell of gas, checks on alarm systems, and possible gas leaks over the past few weeks.

  • Letter: Norman, Graham should condemn Trump’s words

    An open letter to Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Ralph Norman:
    I have a hard time believing that you did not step up to the plate (man-up) and denounce President Trump’s remarks to the four Democratic congresswomen. These four were elected to their seats just like you were and deserve respect, as you do.
    Have we come to a point where we should expect this kind of behavior from our president? The great Sen. John McCain would not have stood for this.

  • 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: