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Today's Opinions

  • Column: It’s vital to be ‘in the room where it happens’ these days

    In the second act of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” the Aaron Burr character expresses his jealousy at being excluded from – and his desire to get into – the meetings that his rival Alexander Hamilton participates in where major decisions are made to plot the course of the new United States.
    “I wanna be in the room where it happens,” Burr sings.

  • Commentary: Graham backs Trump on Iran nuclear deal, N. Korea talks

    Editor’s note: Last Thursday, White House communications aide Kelly Sadler was criticized for dismissing ailing Arizona Sen. John McCain’s opposition to President Trump’s CIA nominee, saying it “doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway.” On Sunday, Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on CBS’ “Face The Nation” and discussed the remark, the Iran nuclear deal and talks with North Korea. Here are excerpts of his interview with host Margaret Brennan.

  • Column: Last-minute wrangling over a single PSC seat

    On the last day of regular session Thursday, S.C. lawmakers in an unrecorded voice vote effectively approved a “do-over” election for a state Public Service Commission seat, allowing the incumbent to stay on months after his term expires and the opportunity to decide on matters related to the controversial V.C. Summer project.
    Lawmakers also overwhelmingly elected a former legislator and circuit judge to a four-year term on the seven-member PSC, which routinely raised electric rates for the failed nuclear project.

  • Commentary: Haley to graduates: Be ‘actively grateful’ for America’s blessings

    Editor’s note: Former S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley, now President Trump’s representative at the U.N., gave a commencement address and received an honorary doctorate Thursday at Clemson University. She is a 1994 graduate of the school. Here are excerpts of her speech.

    It’s a great day at Clemson University! And it’s a great day in South Carolina!
    Congratulations to the College of Business and the College of Education Class of 2018. And thank you for this amazing honor.

  • Commentary: FOI advocate: Gmail feature thwarts open public records

    The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) has contacted Google about Gmail’s new “self-destructing” email feature, which could allow government employees to delete public records subject to federal and state open government and freedom of information laws.

    In an open letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, NFOIC board President Mal Leary cited that most states have clear record-retention laws aimed at making sure public records, electronic and otherwise, such as official correspondence between public officials, are secured and maintained.

  • Column: A requiem for ‘The Other Story’

    It is customary in the news business to write the obituary after someone dies. 

    But in this case, why wait? It is time to write the obituary for “The Other Story” now. 

    What is The Other Story? 

    It is the story next to the story you intended to read. Often The Other Story has a catchy headline or an eye-grabbing photograph with it. 

    The Other Story informs you about something you did not know, or gives you a different perspective on something you did.

  • Column: 1st Amendment, too, is under assault

    I read with amusement John P. Baker’s satirical guest column in last Wednesday’s Lancaster News. (Mr. Baker, an NRA supporter, proposed that if discussing curtailment of Second Amendment rights is appropriate, why not restrict the First Amendment?)
    However, after thinking about it, I concluded that his satire may have exposed something more sinister than he intended.  

  • Column: ‘Content farms’ are undermining true journalism

    In one of my darkest moments, I considered entering the content-writing market.
    I even reached out to a company and they offered me an assignment. They said 1,500 words in 48 hours on a topic I knew nothing about, complete with multiple interviews over the weekend. I told them no.
    One, there was simply no way I could line up all the interviews. Two, I’m an extremely fast writer, but two days for a 1,500-word assignment is insane.