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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Taxes on residential property due Jan. 15

    While many of us are recovering from the holidays and are looking forward to a busy 2019, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon.
    All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 15. The late penalties can be costly, so please don’t be late.

  • Column: Graham’s ideas on immigrants are more show than substance

    This is in response to the commentary in last Friday’s paper featuring an interview by Fox News host Sean Hannity of Sen. Lindsey Graham.
    First, Mr. Hannity revealed an all-too-familiar and appalling ignorance – in this case, about immigration and the so-called crisis at the border. His introduction in the article was full of falsehoods and hysteria that we need so much less of, as a nation.

  • Column: Grandstanding politicians hurt huge number of federal workers

    The hundreds of thousands of federal workers who have been furloughed are not connected to politics. It doesn’t matter whether there is a Republican sitting in the Oval Office or a Democrat. They work just as hard.
    They have no power to decide whether funding for a wall is awarded or withheld. Nor did they have a say on any of the other issues that have been the excuse for government shutdowns in past administrations. They are just innocent pawns who are being harmed by the grandstanding of power politics.

  • Letter: Democrat Rashida Tlaib’s incivility not surprising to me

    In October, TV host Stephen Colbert asked Nancy Pelosi about bringing civility back to Capitol Hill if the Democrats were to win back the House in the midterms. “Well, I think when we win, you will see evidence of that,” she said.
    Last Thursday, new Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, speaking to a room full of progressives about President Trump, said: “We’re gonna go in there and impeach the mother------.”

  • A citizen’s guide to state FOIA protections

    South Carolina’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) makes records and meetings of public bodies open and available to citizens and their representatives in the press.
    This openness is important because it allows the public to learn about the performance of public officials and the expenditure of public funds.

  • Commentary: Graham: Giving up on the wall might end Trump’s presidency

    Editor’s note: Sen. Graham appeared on Fox News Wednesday night to insist that Republicans back President Trump on border-wall funding. He suggested a compromise with the Democrats that would end the federal shutdown, fund the wall and give work permits to undocumented immigrants who qualify under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Here are excerpts of his interview with Fox’s Sean Hannity, who begins with a reference to the Dec. 26 killing of California police Cpl. Ronil Singh, allegedly by an undocumented immigrant.

  • Column: Road repairs, or more lanes on interstates?

    A proposal by a longtime S.C. senator would siphon off millions of dollars that lawmakers promised would go toward fixing the state’s crumbling roads and bridges, instead earmarking that money for widening interstates.
    It also could be a way around what the state transportation chief previously has described as a funding problem for interstate projects because of pending court challenges.

  • Column: Many thanks to all who helped with Stevens Park playground

    I am remembering the blessings of this past year, and one of those biggest blessings to me has been the completion of the new destination playground in Stevens Park. Walking through the playground again yesterday, I marveled at the amazing design and construction of this new playground, and the wonderful play and development opportunities that it affords for the children of our community and the enhancement of the park for the entire community. It makes my heart smile! God is good to us!