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Today's Opinions

  • Guest Column: Killing GOP primary just plain dumb

    As I wrestle with how to most clearly express my opinion on the decision to cancel next year’s S.C. Republican presidential primary, one word comes to mind: Dumb.
    For those who don’t know, here’s background: On Sept. 7 the executive committee of the S.C. Republican Party, by voice vote, changed the party rules in order to forgo a 2020 presidential primary, which likely would have been held in February. This means South Carolina’s 50 votes at next summer’s National Republican Convention will be automatically cast for President Trump.

  • Guest Column: Big DOT payouts for pothole claims

    In January 2016, a driver swerved around a pothole on Bate Harvey Road in York County, crossed the center line and hit an oncoming vehicle, court records show.
    The S.C. Department of Transportation last year paid, through the state Insurance Reserve Fund, $150,000 in damages and $26,592 in legal expenses to defend the agency in that case, according to IRF records.

  • Letter: Don’t let big rigs speed on McIlwain

    I talked to the sheriff about traffic on McIlwain Road in May 2016, and I called about 18-wheelers going too fast on Oct. 25, 2016.
    Tractor-trailers are using Grace Avenue, Old Airport Road and McIlwain Road as a cut-through road from S.C. 9 to Heath Springs, to get away from traffic on the bypass.
    There is nothing being done about these 18-wheelers going too fast on these roads. The speed sign on McIlwain Road is 45. These roads are not designed for this kind of traffic.

    William Cooper
    Lancaster

  • Editor's Column: New scrutiny for Mulvaney over Trump’s Dorian defense

    The last time I wrote about Mick Mulvaney on this page was Jan. 29, 2017.
    The Indian Land Republican was preparing to vacate his 5th District U.S. House seat 23 days into his fourth term, hoping to become President Trump’s first budget director.
    Amid Mulvaney’s confirmation hearing, a nanny-tax kerfuffle had emerged from his past. I wrote that his tax problem, while worrisome and revealing, didn’t seem like a deal-breaker to me. Senators accepted his explanation of a simple oversight, now corrected, and he got the job.

  • Guest Column: San Francisco wrongheaded about NRA

    California has been long known to be a land of fruits, nuts and flakes.
    Current events indicate that nothing has changed. In fact, the situation appears to have deteriorated significantly.
    The action taken by the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco on Sept. 3 clearly demonstrates that the human feces that have become so widespread on the streets of this once beautiful city have made their way into the chambers of the board.

  • Letter: Young Dr. Rucker helped jump-started USCL project in ’68

    Editor’s note: Dr. Douglas Rucker passed away Aug. 30 at age 79, and we invited readers to send in memories of him.

    It was a memorable day for me in 1968. There was a very important meeting of 50 prominent Lancaster business leaders to discuss the progress of the fundraising drive to build the recreation complex at USC Lancaster.

  • Guest Column: Senior year coincides with 9/11 anniversary

    At my house we are entering another senior year. As senior years go, I consider myself fairly experienced. I’ve relished in and endured a handful so far (if we’re counting my own and my husband’s). And that’s only high school. College is another story.
    But this senior year is special, and not just because my last and final child is (hopefully) graduating in the spring. This senior year is special because of what happened to all of us 18 years ago.

  • Guest Column: Public agencies in S.C. spend $1M to lobby state officials

    For the first half of this year, North Myrtle Beach agreed to pay a total of $120,000 to a lobbying firm to “work with” the legislature and governor’s office on the city’s behalf, including a push for a law allowing a local sales tax for infrastructure projects, according to a retainer agreement.