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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Lawmakers kill governor’s budget vetoes of pet projects

    Hugh Leatherman, the S.C. Senate’s president pro tem, appeared relaxed and confident before last week’s votes, at one point smiling and giving a thumbs up.
    Leatherman, R-Florence, didn’t make any long speeches in asking his Senate colleagues to override Gov. Henry McMaster’s vetoes of parts of a state budget proviso directing $7.1 million to Francis Marion University.

  • Letter: Due process mattered in Kavanaugh hearing

    It doesn’t matter if you believed Dr. Ford or you believed Judge Kavanaugh. This was not a popularity contest. That is not how our justice system works.
    We have to base this kind of decision on facts, evidence and witnesses, all of which Dr. Ford was lacking.
    We are on dangerous ground here. Someone can be guilty, according to some on the left, without due process of the law.
    Our justice system may not be perfect, but there is none equal to it. In my opinion, people are too willing to throw away due process rights.

  • Column: SCDOT kicks a critic off its Facebook page, ends up in court

    Tom Fernandez says he was just trying to make a serious point – in a humorous way – about the S.C. Department of Transportation’s pothole-repair program.
    On Aug. 29, DOT posted a video on the agency’s Facebook page titled, “How does a pothole get repaired?” About two weeks earlier, Fernandez, a Berkeley County businessman and frequent critic of DOT on social media, posted a parody video on one of his Facebook pages showing him filling a pothole on a rural road with two pizzas.

  • Letter: Reader mad about MDA fundraiser

    Alert: I’m mad!  
    The Muscular Dystrophy Association has just a two-star rating for a nonprofit by Charity Navigators, but they had an awesome firefighter outside the Indian Land Walmart taking donations two weeks ago.
    The firefighters were standing there with what looked like a fireman’s boot, which was misleading to those who were giving their hard-earned money away, myself included.

  • Letter: A huge thank you for Finally Fridays

    On the last Friday of each month from June to September, the city of Lancaster provided residents with a free concert featuring live music!
    In Pecan Park behind City Hall at 216 S. Catawba St., my family and I enjoyed an evening under the stars four times this summer. I want to give a big thank you to all those involved in the planning and setup each month.

  • Column: Join archaeologists as the stewards of our state’s past

    Recently, The State newspaper reported on a prehistoric archaeological site discovered by a member of the public while trespassing on property owned by SCE&G and leased to Riverbanks Zoo.
    While this might have seemed unusual, it is something that happens all the time, albeit under the radar of the average citizen. What is unusual is that this time it became widely known throughout the Midlands and beyond due to postings to social media, and subsequently it caught the attention of Native American leaders across South Carolina.

  • Column: Join archaeologists as the stewards of our state’s past

    Recently, The State newspaper reported on a prehistoric archaeological site discovered by a member of the public while trespassing on property owned by SCE&G and leased to Riverbanks Zoo.
    While this might have seemed unusual, it is something that happens all the time, albeit under the radar of the average citizen. What is unusual is that this time it became widely known throughout the Midlands and beyond due to postings to social media, and subsequently it caught the attention of Native American leaders across South Carolina.

  • Column: Scott: Barring new evidence, I will vote for Kavanaugh

    The past few weeks have been gut-wrenching for our nation, and for the families of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
    We continue to confront how we can move forward as a society after looking the other way as women have been mistreated and abused for generations, and how that interacts with available evidence and the ability to determine culpability for past actions.