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Today's Opinions

  • Column: How Christmas in Haiti changed me

    I returned Sunday from a trip to Haiti, where I and three others from my church – Jennifer Deese, Emmalynn McMillan and Danual Purser – delivered Christmas gifts to 139 orphans.
    We had four days to visit three different places and deliver gifts. It was a challenge. We had 19 suitcases and only the clothes in our backpacks.

  • Column: How Christmas in Haiti changed me

    I returned Sunday from a trip to Haiti, where I and three others from my church – Jennifer Deese, Emmalynn McMillan and Danual Purser – delivered Christmas gifts to 139 orphans.
    We had four days to visit three different places and deliver gifts. It was a challenge. We had 19 suitcases and only the clothes in our backpacks.

  • Column: Newspapers launch statewide website for all public notices

    South Carolina newspapers have launched a website where people can search for public notices published by newspapers across the state.
    SCPublicNotices.com is a central repository of virtually all public notice/legal ads that have appeared in printed newspapers across the state. Ads are searchable by keyword, type of notice, date and location.

  • Column: Newton: New House duties as ’19 session nears its start

    I would like to start off by saying thank you for your support in this year’s election. It means a lot that so many of you voted to send me back to Columbia for another term in the State House.
    It also meant a lot to hear from so many of you during the campaign. Election campaigns are always challenging, and your words of support and encouragement meant a lot to me.

    Off-season efforts

  • Letter: Unhappy about pothole repairs

    I recently called the state highway department because I had two large potholes in front of my driveway. They were about 6 inches deep.
    They sent workers out to fix the potholes. They put these tar balls in the holes and then took the truck and backed over them to pack them down.
    Before they could get to the end of my street – Country Club Drive, a state road – cars had knocked the tar balls out of the potholes and they were all over my driveway.

  • Column: Health records released by S.C. data warehouse

    For at least two years, a few members of an obscure state panel have routinely approved requests by public- and private-sector researchers for sensitive information contained in a massive health “data warehouse,” records reviewed by The Nerve show.

  • Column: On public information, all of us should be the Beastmaster

    Have you watched NBC’s “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge,” “Ultimate Beastmaster” on Netflix or any of those other extreme competition shows that pit men and women against grueling and physically demanding obstacle courses?
    It occurs to me that all too often there is a parallel between such competitions and what the public must endure in its effort to access information it is due.

  • Letter: Prostitution arrest isn’t newsworthy

    I just picked up the Sunday edition of the Lancaster News and see that one of the prominent front-page stories is about a local man arrested in a prostitution raid.
    Providing that the women involved were not being forced to participate against their will, this is a totally victimless incident and hardly newsworthy, much less front-page material. Not only does this article appear mean-spirited, but it seems intended to humiliate the man arrested and his entire family, who in no way had anything to do with this.