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Today's Opinions

  • Editor's Column: Math persuades Jeff Hammond, GOP rejoices without gloating

    OK, I admit it. I went to the GOP celebration of Jeff Hammond’s party-switching announcement last Thursday to see if there would be gloating.
    Maybe I would come back with a tsk-tsk column decrying ball-spiking, sideline-taunting political behavior. Perhaps a reminder as the French Open begins that Rafael Nadal is unfailingly gracious after decimating an opponent.
    But nothing unseemly happened. In the packed Historic Courthouse, the Republican faithful were all glee, no gloat. And that’s good.

  • Column: Behaving badly in Mount Pleasant

    I don’t live in Mount Pleasant, but if I were a newspaper columnist writing regularly about the shenanigans of local officials, I’d want to live there. I would never run out of material.

  • Letter: Lancaster County’s Transportation Committee is working properly

    Much of Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom’s May 22 column on the gas tax dealt with state policy issues, and I defer to the legislature on any response.
    I did want to reply to one section where he wrote that gas tax money sent to the County Transportation Committees “…fails to square with the ‘road-repairs only’ pledge, especially since the state has little oversight of how the counties use these dollars….”

  • Guest Column: Do Panthers really need taxpayers’ help?

    At the end of the 2014 regular legislative session, lawmakers slipped in a budget proviso funneling $75,000 through the state tourism agency for the Carolina Panthers’ summer training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg.
    Then-Gov. Nikki Haley vetoed the proviso, writing in her veto message: “The National Football League is an enormously successful multi-billion dollar organization and we’re proud to host the Panthers’ training camp in Spartanburg, but it’s hard to imagine they need $75,000 from South Carolina’s taxpayers.”

  • Guest Column: Bad idea to shift gas-tax money away from repairs

    Among the arguments offered by opponents of South Carolina’s 2017 gas-tax hike was that the state’s highway-maintenance spending had historically been inefficient and poorly prioritized.
    They asked: Why should we believe these new tax dollars would be wisely spent?

  • Guest Column: Our elderly citizens need help to guard against abuse, neglect

    As Americans, we believe in justice for all. Yet we fail to live up to this promise when we allow older members of our society to be abused or neglected.  
    Older people are vital, contributing members of American society, and their maltreatment diminishes all of us. Just as we have confronted and addressed the social issues of child abuse and domestic violence, so too can we find solutions to address issues like elder abuse, which also threatens the well-being of our community.

  • Letter: State Guard needs your help to fund boots on the ground

    The General Assembly has designated this month South Carolina State Guard Month to bring awareness about the important role this historic organization has played in the Palmetto State.
    As part of the commemoration, the S.C. Missions and Operations Support Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, has launched the Boots on the Ground fundraising campaign to help with essential training and to purchase equipment and other necessities that would otherwise be out-of-pocket expenses for our volunteers.

  • Letter: Thanks to supporters of arts in our schools

    I am the music teacher at Heath Springs Elementary School. Because of grant funds we receive each year from the South Carolina Arts Commission, we were able to have another great school year of increasing and improving our arts education.
    We purchased congas and xylophones and other musical instruments, needed art supplies, two sets of choir risers and a hand-held cordless microphone.
    Our students were able to perform two musicals. We had guest professional performers and teachers in visual art, mime, puppetry, dance and brass band.