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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Join archaeologists as the stewards of our state’s past

    Recently, The State newspaper reported on a prehistoric archaeological site discovered by a member of the public while trespassing on property owned by SCE&G and leased to Riverbanks Zoo.
    While this might have seemed unusual, it is something that happens all the time, albeit under the radar of the average citizen. What is unusual is that this time it became widely known throughout the Midlands and beyond due to postings to social media, and subsequently it caught the attention of Native American leaders across South Carolina.

  • Column: Join archaeologists as the stewards of our state’s past

    Recently, The State newspaper reported on a prehistoric archaeological site discovered by a member of the public while trespassing on property owned by SCE&G and leased to Riverbanks Zoo.
    While this might have seemed unusual, it is something that happens all the time, albeit under the radar of the average citizen. What is unusual is that this time it became widely known throughout the Midlands and beyond due to postings to social media, and subsequently it caught the attention of Native American leaders across South Carolina.

  • Column: Scott: Barring new evidence, I will vote for Kavanaugh

    The past few weeks have been gut-wrenching for our nation, and for the families of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
    We continue to confront how we can move forward as a society after looking the other way as women have been mistreated and abused for generations, and how that interacts with available evidence and the ability to determine culpability for past actions.

  • Letter: Nov. 6 is important, so sign up and vote

    The midterm elections are approaching quickly. Election Day is Nov. 6.
    Whatever your opinion is, the best way to influence the direction of civic life is to vote for officials who align as much as possible with your opinions.
    In order to vote, you normally must be registered 30 days before the election. This year, because parts of the state are still recovering from Hurricane Florence, the registration deadline has been extended to Oct. 17.

  • Letter: Blackmon vote never should have occurred

    It doesn’t take the S.C. Ethics Commission to answer this question: “Was it ethical for Linda Blackmon to vote herself $6,750 in back wages?”
    No, it wasn’t ethical.
    Why didn’t other members of the Lancaster City Council stop that vote right then and there until they could consult with the Ethics Commission to see if it was ethical for her to vote herself money? Why?

  • Letter: I appreciate staff at my local bank

    I would like to thank the ladies at First Palmetto Bank.
    I am unable to walk now and legally blind. I have to do my banking mostly by phone.
    These ladies are an asset to the bank. They help me a lot, and I thank them all. May God bless the staff of First Palmetto. And God bless everyone else.

    Carl M. Miles Sr.
    Lancaster

  • Column: Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser has no reason to lie about him

    I am writing in response to Dianne Evans’ Friday column headlined “Ugly badgering and humiliation of Kavanaugh a crude travesty.”
    Will we ever really know the truth of what happened 36 years ago, or even 36 minutes ago? Judge Brett Kavanaugh keeps skirting around the questions. He answers with a question.
    There is a problem somewhere, and I believe it belongs with him. He makes himself seem guilty with his answers, which he often chooses not to give.

  • Candidate's Column: Decades working in Probate Court make me the best candidate for job

    Why choose me as your next probate judge?
    I am a lifelong resident of Lancaster County with 25 years of experience in our Probate Court. I know the procedures. I know what is working, what needs improvement and how to improve it. I have the patience, understanding and compassion to help families through the long and unfamiliar legal process after the loss of a loved one.