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Today's Opinions

  • Column: What SCDOT isn’t telling us about gas-tax road spending

    At last week’s S.C. Department of Transportation Commission meeting, agency head Christy Hall bragged about the “record level of road work under way in South Carolina.”
    “We have delivered results for our taxpayers and for our citizens of this state,” Hall proudly told commissioners Thursday.
    But as of the end of May, less than 8 percent of the quarter-billion-plus dollars collected from the gas-tax hike and other related tax and fee increases that took effect last July 1 had been spent, DOT records show.

  • Column: Common sense: Before all else on immigration, stop the influx

    Your bathtub is over flowing. What’s the first thing you should do?
    Should you call a meeting of everyone in the household to discuss the overflow and to determine how to ease the problem or clean up the mess?
    Should the residents spend time discussing whether the water has a right to cover the floor? Or whether to forgive the water and give it amnesty to continue the overflow? Or what happens when the water fills the house?
    No! The first thing you do is shut off the water.

  • Staff Column: Let’s count all the needs a well-used library meets

    I am a huge fan of Steven King. I’ve read everything he’s written that I could get my hands on and always have been satisfied at the end.
    Most recently, I read “Sleeping Beauties,” which he wrote with one of his sons. I was lucky enough to pluck it from the new arrivals shelf at our local library. The Kings crafted a compelling story about worlds of only women or only men, a crazy what-if that made me laugh and cry at the same time. The only drawback to this incredible book is its equally incredible length.

  • Column: Pets and fireworks are not a good mix

    With the Fourth of July rapidly approaching, Phantom Fireworks would like to remind our friends and customers that some pets adversely react to the lights and noise of fireworks.
    With a little extra effort, our pets can be spared the trauma they sometimes experience from fireworks.
    Phantom Fireworks asks that you please be mindful of the following tips:
    ◆ Keep your pets indoors during fireworks displays.

  • Column: Despite Parnell’s long-ago wrong, Norman is bigger threat to women

    I struggled with my decision to vote for Archie Parnell as the Democratic candidate in the 5th Congressional District.
    The revelation of his domestic violence incident was a surprise, and I had to rethink all that I knew about Mr. Parnell. I reviewed information on the other candidates and concluded that Mr. Parnell was still the best candidate and had the best chance to beat Republican incumbent Ralph Norman in the November election.  

  • Letter: Honeycutt: Here’s how to stop Encore littering

    Residents in my district are tired of getting The Charlotte Observer Encore publication – a page of news wrapped around a bunch of advertising circulars – dumped on their yard or driveway.
    This results in unwanted litter, which residents in District Four and other county districts do not want.
    County council tried to have this stopped, but while it litters yards in our community, it is constitutionally protected. However, there are steps you can take as an individual if you want to stop this delivery to your home.

  • Editor's Column: Butch Flynn’s political self-destruction

    This newspaper hasn’t endorsed a candidate in Lancaster’s July 10 mayoral election, but I’m dis-endorsing one today – Butch Flynn.
    Mr. Flynn chose not to appear with the other four candidates Monday to answer questions in the campaign’s single public mayoral forum. He had not returned our phone calls since the news broke that he had been arrested May 1 for disobeying a court order in a family court case.

  • Commentary: House budget creates data warehouse on S.C. residents

    A little-known proviso in the House budget would create a statewide personal information data warehouse. The proviso’s language is vague, the permissions are sweeping, and the accountability mechanisms are completely absent.
    This proviso (117.155) is currently in conference committee – and unless it is taken out in the committee, this all-encompassing data warehouse will be created.