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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Things I’ve learned to never do

    In my 74 going on 75 years, there are many things I have learned through experience that you just do not want to do.
    Do not eat ice and crunch it up. You just might break off your tooth doing this. Then you might swallow that tooth while eating a salad. I did this. It felt like a piece of glass in the salad, but it was my cracked-off tooth.
    If you have a pretty little bobcat kitten come to your back porch, do not start feeding it. It seems tame enough. You think you can take it in the kitchen and make this pretty little thing your housecat.

  • Column: Congress should up protections for whistleblowers, reporters’ sources

    Each day, journalists throughout the country are working tirelessly to inform their readers what the government is up to.
    The free press is one of the most important pillars of American democracy. By reporting the truth, reporters allow the citizenry to elect leaders who represent their values and ideals and craft laws and policies that they believe in.

  • Letter: Stop tearing down your fellow humans

    Equality is an issue. Just because you don’t agree with the way someone decides to live doesn’t mean that you bully them, shoot them or throw shade on social media.
    Let people live. Let them do them, and you worry about you and how you want to succeed in life. It’s not your job to worry about who someone worships or who someone marries or how they want to raise their kids.
    You do what you think is right, and that’s all you have to worry about.

  • Column: FDR failed to pack high court, and Democrats will fail today

    The frustration of some in the Democratic Party has been manifest this year as they try to gain traction by packing the U.S. Supreme Court and changing the Constitution.
    Flush with victory when their party took control of the U.S. House in the November 2018 election, these Democrats have proposed some radical changes that they now see will go nowhere as long as the president and the Senate can block their extreme left ideas.

  • Column: Thanking those who got Kershaw new library site

    In 2014, voters approved a sales-tax increase that provided $8 million to make much-needed improvements to the three library branches in Lancaster County.
    Recently, county council voted unanimously to purchase the Wells Fargo building in Kershaw so the library could be moved to the center of downtown, providing a location that will be safer and more convenient for the Kershaw area.
    I would like to acknowledge the people who helped make this possible.

  • Letter: Electoral college is more vital than ever

    We are a constitutional republic, not a democracy.
    A democracy is majority rule. The founding fathers put in the electoral college to stop majority tyranny from coming and turning us into a totalitarian state, a one-ruler government.
    Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) has put forward a bill to eradicate the electoral college. It seems that just because the Dems have won the popular vote for two presidencies but lost the elections, they think the electoral college is outdated. In fact, it is more pertinent now than ever.

  • 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.

  • Guest Column: The unique tax advantages of health savings accounts

    There’s a lot of talk today about health savings accounts and their benefits.
    An HSA operates a lot like a savings account that is used for the tax-free payment or reimbursement of qualified medical expenses.
    You have to be enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP) in order to qualify for an HSA. These plans pay benefits only after a high annual deductible has been met. You can use funds from your HSA to pay for health expenses not covered by your HDHP.