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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Pageland needs our help to win $500K contest on reality TV

    Residents of Lancaster County, it’s time to show your Palmetto Pride and help your small-town neighbor to the east by joining the #PickPageland revolution!
    #PickPageland is a social-media campaign designed to help Pageland win a reality TV contest that awards one town in America a $500,000 downtown revitalization.
    Pageland has made the Top 20 out of more than 12,000 towns that applied to the “Small Business Revolution: Main Street” television show. No other town from South Carolina was selected.

  • Column: Donald Trump is doing his job

    In 2016, America saw one of its the most bitter election battles between two candidates – Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. This battle, though, was not only fought by the candidates, but by the citizens of America and the media as well.

  • Column: Thanks to all who worked to carry out the election

    On behalf of the Lancaster County Election Commission, thank you to the people who worked the polls on Election Day, Nov. 6.
    We had 259 people who went through training and were there from at least 6 in the morning to 8 that night. We have such a great group of dedicated workers who sometimes catch heat for long lines and slow machines that they have absolutely no control over, but I had no complaints all day about anyone who was not treated with the utmost care, and for that we again say thanks.

  • Letter: A modest proposal on campaign signs

    It seems candidates are much more interested in putting their signs out on roadsides rather than in being responsible and collecting them after elections.  
    My proposal is to give candidates three days to collect their signs. If they don’t collect them, any citizen can collect signs still out, return them to the elections staff and collect $1 per sign. Then the candidate’s campaign will be billed for uncollected signs.
    Perhaps then the unsightly clutter of political signs after elections will end.

    Meta Smith

  • Letter: Love is the key, but no love for Trump?

    In response to Christine M. Taylor’s criticism of Ronald Hopkins’ comments, I happen to enjoy reading Mr. Hopkins letters to the editor and see a lot of truth in them.
    Ms. Taylor stated that President Trump is piggy-backing on President Obama and that Trump is tearing down what Obama was “trying” to put into place. How can you tear apart something that is not yet in place?

  • Column: Legislative corruption and the state grand jury

    About five years ago. Ashley Landess of the S.C. Policy Council urged an investigation of then-House Speaker Bobby Harrell for misconduct in office. The investigation led to Harrell’s resignation and a guilty plea.

  • Column: Unspent S.C. gas taxes top $338 million

    In the first 15 months of the gas-tax-hike law, the S.C. Department of Transportation spent less than 7 percent of the nearly $400 million in collected revenues that lawmakers promised would go toward fixing deteriorating roads and bridges statewide, according to recently released records.

  • Letter: President, Congress not really in charge

    America is supposed to be one nation under God, but our nation has turned its back on God.
    We must go back to prayer in schools and everywhere else. Our Supreme Court has made some very bad decisions, but God can overrule them. We elect a president, U.S. House and Senate, but they are not in charge. God is.
    People are going crazy, murdering in our schools, our churches, movie theaters. When your husband or wife goes to work and your children go to school, be sure to hug them and tell them you love them. It might be the last time you see them.