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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: Fear of another Hugo makes us shudder

    If you are old enough to remember the night Hurricane Hugo sucker-punched this part of the state 29 years ago, you’re probably spending today telling people how horrible it was.
    And you’re warning them not to ignore the predictions about Florence, the 500-mile-wide Category 4 storm pointed straight at the Carolinas coast. Landfall is expected late Thursday.

  • Editor's Column: Fear of another Hugo makes us shudder

    If you are old enough to remember the night Hurricane Hugo sucker-punched this part of the state 29 years ago, you’re probably spending today telling people how horrible it was.
    And you’re warning them not to ignore the predictions about Florence, the 500-mile-wide Category 4 storm pointed straight at the Carolinas coast. Landfall is expected late Thursday.

  • Column: S.C. agencies have amassed $484M in budget surpluses

    As S.C. lawmakers plan to push a massive borrowing bill next year, they likely won’t publicly talk about the fat reserves that some state agencies have accumulated – including their own chambers.
    State agencies collectively carried over $484.5 million in general funds into the fiscal year that started July 1, according to S.C. Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s year-end report on fiscal 2017-18.

  • Column: Who is running the country as Trump creates endless havoc?

    After the latest turmoil in Washington regarding Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort and others close to our president, I think now is definitely the time for change in our federal government.
    Soon, I believe, the evidence will emerge proving President Trump to be a liar, a womanizer, a bully, and a person who colluded with the Russians in order to become president. Mr. Trump wants to be the center of everyone’s attention and likes to have everything done his way. If not, he tends to create havoc.

  • Letter: So long, good luck to John Weaver

    I would like to be one of the first to say goodbye to Lancaster County Attorney John Weaver.
    Bless your heart, you did the best you could. Good luck and enjoy your retirement at the beach.

    Jane Tanner
    Indian Land

  • Candidate's Column: 2 big things I would fix in tax code

    There are so many things wrong with our tax code, and most politicians try to capitalize on this by making broad generalizations and promises that they can’t possibly deliver. I’m not going to do that.
    Instead, today I’d like to talk about two things you might not realize about our current tax code and how, together, we can change them.

  • Letter: Let’s learn lessons of overdevelopment

    I may be a carpetbagger with little right to write this letter but, then again, I bring with me an eyewitness account as to what can happen with overdevelopment.
    Having read of the massive developments proposed off U.S. 521, I need to sound the alarm. Up North you can see every federal highway with miles of strip malls and developments. Scarcely a tree still stands.
    Now that I am here, living in the biggest development of all – Sun City Carolina Lakes – I see more coming.

  • Letter: Signs are necessary during elections

    As we go into the election season, campaign signs begin to bloom along the roadsides. Although they don’t resemble the wildflowers you might prefer to see there, they are a time-honored means for candidates to let voters know they exist and that they would appreciate the voters’ support. 
    South Carolina law says candidates have a right to put them there as long as they remain on the highway right-of-way and don’t invade anyone’s personal property without permission.