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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Loftis: How to get the most value from tax-free weekend

    It’s that time of year! The season of searching for No. 2 pencils, brightly colored binders, and that oh-so-special book bag is here.
    It’s an exciting time, full of anticipation for school-aged children and their parents.
    But as the first day of school approaches, families often find shopping for crucial school supplies comes with a heavy price tag. Parents can end up unloading hundreds of dollars on back-to-school gear. Fortunately, with our state’s Sales Tax Free Weekend coming up Aug. 3-5, you can save even more.

  • Column: AG affirms open-government mandate in Lowcountry lawsuit

    I was in Mount Pleasant recently. It had been years since I had driven north of Shem Creek on Coleman Boulevard.
    My drive north in search of lunch put into context the Save Shem Creek movement and the desire of many residents to slow development in the town.
    My drive was educational. Low-rise, lower-density development had been replaced by high-rise buildings at street’s edge and strip-mall sprawl. I could have been in Myrtle Beach except for the absence of T-shirt shops.

  • Letter: Willis, Catoe should repay the taxpayers

    Everyone is talking about the dirt road from Taxahaw to Highway 9. I see the gate is still up.
    County council member Jack Estridge told how much money County Administrator Steve Willis and Public Works Director Jeff Catoe spent fixing Timberline Road without the tax-paying people knowing about it. (Editor’s note: Estridge told WSOC-TV that the work probably cost $50,000 to $100,000, but Willis gave TLN documentation from Catoe saying it cost $7,652.)

  • Column: Leatherman’s influence evident in $7M boost for hometown college

    S.C. Senate President Pro Tem Hugh Leatherman – arguably the state’s most powerful lawmaker – has a science building on Francis Marion University’s campus named after him.
    The Florence County Republican is an emeritus member of the university’s board of trustees. His daughter has been an at-large board member since 2016 after the legislature easily elected her over an incumbent.

  • Commentary: Gowdy: Probe not witch hunt, but Strzok bias tainted process

    Editor’s note: Last week, Rep. Trey Gowdy chaired a congressional hearing at which Peter Strzok, who once led the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign, was questioned about his text messages to FBI lawyer Lisa Page during the campaign that harshly criticized Donald Trump. Gowdy appeared Sunday on CBS News’ “Face The Nation.” Here are excerpts of his interview with host Margaret Brennan.

     

  • Column: Are you a conscience voter or a party voter?

    “The South will rise again” is a phrase referring to a possible uprising of the South. It is used to imply that someday the South will again rebel against the United States. It is imperative that we always remember and understand that “United we stand, divided we fall.” Where do you stand?

  • Column: Here’s why we need the Conservation Bank

    In a recent guest column (July 6), S.C. Rep. Brandon Newton discussed the status of the final state budget and key investments in the state’s future. One of the programs that survived the budget process is the Conservation Bank, which had been on the chopping block earlier in the year. Kudos to all of our local legislators who supported this important legislation.

  • Column: Heart goes out to children on border, but what to do?

    Lots of outrage has been seen and heard around America over the treatment of families illegally entering the United States.
    After initially separating thousands of children and parents at the border, President Donald Trump has signed an executive order to keep families together.
    I’m not sure where Americans want to keep these families who took a great risk to enter our country hoping to gain entrance quickly and illegally. It did not work out for them.