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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Column: Why aren’t cell signals blocked in prisons?

    For years, S.C. officials have repeatedly tried – and failed – to convince the federal government to allow jamming of signals in prisons from contraband cell phones routinely used by inmates.
    But officials haven’t worked nearly as hard to try to persuade wireless carriers to voluntarily block their own signals in prisons, which, according to corrections officials, the companies are permitted to do. It is against federal law for states or local governments to do it.

  • Column: Panhandle town proponents, just leave the rest of us alone

    Were you surprised with the outcome of the March 27 vote on Indian Land becoming a town – 1,853 yes votes and 9,086 no?
    Many of us who voted against incorporation could not believe over 1,800 voted for the proposed town.
    Why were many of us opposed? Well, it was more dealing with the unknown rather than knowing what to expect if it should pass.
    The big unknown was what the yearly tax bill would be. Those living in subdivisions such as Sun City did not wish to have another bill each year in the form of a city tax.