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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Guest Column: S.C. needs to defend Electoral College

    How should we elect the president of the United States?
    This was a settled question for most of American history, but today the system is under attack. A California-based campaign wants to throw out the old rules and replace them with a system that would benefit the biggest cities, dismiss small states like South Carolina and create new opportunities for stolen elections.

  • Editor's Column: Moment of panic in the car wash

    I always take something to the car wash to keep me busy during the 10 minutes it takes for the equipment to drag my car through, foam it, scrub it, rinse it and blow it off, after which some energetic young people dry it with towels and wipe shiny stuff on the tires.
    The car wash I use doesn’t let you get out of the car, so I’m stuck there, needing to fill the time. God forbid that I lose 10 minutes of productive consciousness.

  • Guest Column: Southern 500 getting plenty of tax dollars

    The thousands of fans who attended the Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway this month aren’t the only folks supporting the annual NASCAR race.
    For years, taxpayers have subsidized the private stock-car racetrack dubbed “The Track Too Tough to Tame.” State comptroller general records, for example, show that the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) has paid the raceway a collective $500,000 since fiscal 2010, including $150,000 – the single-highest annual amount – last fiscal year.