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Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Letter: State Guard needs your help to fund boots on the ground

    The General Assembly has designated this month South Carolina State Guard Month to bring awareness about the important role this historic organization has played in the Palmetto State.
    As part of the commemoration, the S.C. Missions and Operations Support Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has launched the Boots on the Ground fundraising campaign to help with essential training and to purchase equipment and other necessities that would otherwise be out-of-pocket expenses for our volunteers.

  • Letter: Thanks to supporters of arts in our schools

    I am the music teacher at Heath Springs Elementary School. Because of grant funds we receive each year from the South Carolina Arts Commission, we were able to have another great school year of increasing and improving our arts education.
    We purchased congas and xylophones and other musical instruments, needed art supplies, two sets of choir risers and a hand-held cordless microphone.
    Our students were able to perform two musicals. We had guest professional performers and teachers in visual art, mime, puppetry, dance and brass band.

  • Column: You might be shocked by how lively your library is

    When you walk into the Lancaster County Library on a Monday evening, you might see people carrying guitars to the meeting room, or you might hear faint music floating down the hall as participants learn South Carolina’s state dance – the shag.
    At a library? Absolutely!

  • Column: University spends tax money meant for veterans’ care on bus, furniture

    Over the last four fiscal years, $1.4 million in tax dollars flowed through three state social-service agencies to an equestrian center operated by Lander University in Greenwood.
    But relatively little was spent to directly help S.C. citizens served by those state agencies. In fact, not one cent of $500,000 that the small, public liberal-arts school received last fiscal year was spent for a mandated veterans’ therapy program that was supposed to operate at the equestrian center but never was implemented.

  • Letter: Heath Springs health fair was fun and informative

    On April 27, I had the opportunity to take my son to the town of Heath Springs’ Health and Wellness Fair. We were invited by friends in Heath Springs.
    I was thoroughly impressed with the number of vendors, the health screenings, and events focused on the health of both adults and children.  

  • Staff Column: Becoming part of the solution for abused, neglected animals

    Wagging tails and heavy breathing meet me at the door every day when I get home from a long day at the newspaper.
    I drop my bag and keys on the counter and try to take a seat on the couch. A 50-pound pit bull jumps up on my lap, wagging her tail wildly and smiling like it’s her favorite place in the world.
    It seems she’s been waiting on me for an eternity.