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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: Parnell crashes and burns, killing Democrats’ hopes in 5th District

    Archie Parnell stopped by my office one day during last year’s special congressional election, and we chatted for 20 minutes or so.
    I liked him. He was one of the calmest, most mild-mannered, understated politicians I’ve ever met. He smiled easily, listened well, spoke softly and carefully, and made good eye contact and coherent policy points. He poked fun at himself. Some of his campaign commercials were flat-out hilarious.
    No one is laughing now.

  • Column: With IL move, USCL expands to meet needs in Panhandle

    According to our campus mission statement, USC Lancaster exists “to provide higher education and intellectual leadership to its service area.”
    Likewise, our mission notes that “the original design of the institution incorporated a flexibility that has allowed changes in institutional capability with increasing educational demands of constituents.”

  • Column: Raising ticket prices hurts the athletes’ families most

    I am writing in regards to the article published in your paper Sunday pertaining to the school board members’ vote to increase the admission price for school sporting events by $1.
    That does not sound like very much. But to the parent of three, four or maybe five kids, it is a very big deal, especially if your child/children participate in multiple sports.

  • Column: Norman: The next tax reform should be cuts for our troops

    It has been just over four months since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was signed into law, and the nation is already feeling the positive effects of pro-growth tax reform.
    Americans are seeing the fastest wage gains in the private sector in a decade. We are seeing the fastest growth in capital expenditures since 2011. The unemployment rate is the lowest in 18 years at 3.9 percent. Business optimism is through the roof, and consumer confidence is high.

  • Column: The real problem isn’t guns, it’s bureaucrats not doing their jobs

    Since last fall, mass shootings have occurred at First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, on Nov. 5, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14 and at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas, five days ago.

    These shootings exhibit a common thread, just not the one that the gun-control movement would have you believe.

  • Letter: S.C. Connections Academy celebrating 10th anniversary

    In the last 10 years, I have opened the door to South Carolina Connections Academy’s office over 2,000 times. The academy is an online public school, delivering education to students statewide.

    Though our students access their learning from anywhere with an internet connection, the school’s office has become my second home. It’s where I have grown as a teacher, principal and person.

  • Letter: Discounts just for Sun City residents upset IL senior

    I would like to inform the senior population that does not live in Sun City of a situation I encountered on a recent trip to a new Mexican restaurant in Indian Land.

    Posted on the door was this sign: “All residences (sic) of Sun City must present their coupon or Sun City ID to receive the 10% discount on dinner menu.”

  • Commentary: Scott: Here’s how to ignite job creation and aid towns like Lancaster

    Editor’s note: Sen. Scott testified Thursday before the congressional Joint Economic Committee on the benefits that Opportunity Zones, passed in last year’s federal tax reform bill, will have on distressed communities across the country. In March, Gov. Henry McMaster selected nearly all of the city of Lancaster as two of the state’s 135 Opportunity Zones. The program makes those areas eligible for tax incentives to encourage business creation. Here are excerpts of Scott’s testimony: