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Today's Opinions

  • Column: Are S.C. officials shirking oversight of state payouts to private groups?

    In 2006, lawmakers approved spending $700,000 in the fiscal 2007 state budget to help the private Erskine College establish the John Drummond Center for Statesmanship – to be named after the longtime senator who retired from the legislature in 2008.
    A budget proviso authorizing the funding required the Abbeville County liberal arts college to give a written report to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance committees and the then-state Budget and Control Board on how it spent the state funds.
    That apparently never happened.

  • Column: Take time to honor our fallen law officers

    My son Brent would have been 50 years old this past Thursday.
    He was born May 2, 1969, and grew up wanting to be a law officer like my father, Doc Estridge. Daddy retired from the Lancaster police and then helped the county at the jail.
    On Sept. 2, 1992, Deputy James Brent McCants was murdered while on duty in York County. He was shot seven times during a traffic stop on Dave Lyle Boulevard. Just one bullet missed him.
    He was 23 years old.

  • Column: Give Local: Joining hands to strengthen communities

    As part of our commitment to build and sustain a healthy community for all people, we at the city of Lancaster, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, Lancaster County Partners for Youth and the J. Marion Sims Foundation are pleased to support the fourth-annual Give Local Lancaster campaign this Tuesday.
    Give Local Lancaster is our day of giving, designed to empower individuals all over the world to give back to the organizations that make our local community a better place to live, learn, work and play.

  • Column: Spearman’s substitute teaching gig no substitute for leadership

    Teachers all across South Carolina left their classrooms Wednesday to come to Columbia and lobby the General Assembly to adopt meaningful education reforms.
    State Education Superintendent Molly Spearman announced that she saw the effort by teachers as abandoning their students, so she planned to spend the day as a substitute teacher.
    Spearman’s problem, like that of many of the members of the legislature, is that she sees the teacher mobilization solely as an effort by teachers for more pay and better working conditions.

  • Column: Raise your financial literacy starting with these easy steps

    Did you know that April is Financial Literacy Month? It’s a good time to remind individuals regardless of their age about the importance of making good financial decisions.
    From the internet to iPhone applications, information on how to best manage your money for the future is easily accessible, yet the statistics on financial literacy rates in America are alarming. More than half of American adults can’t pass a test on basic financial issues, according to a survey by Raddon.

  • Column: Senate, House OK hefty hikes to finance their own operations

    As S.C. lawmakers head into the final weeks of adopting an approximately $30 billion state budget for next fiscal year, their taxpayer-funded goody bag keeps growing bigger.
    For years, lawmakers have slipped in funding requests – often for their own pet projects – through obscure state budget provisos. This budget cycle is no different.

  • Editor's Column: Heath Springs, please get your act together

    It’s time for Mayor Eddie Moore and the other elected officials of Heath Springs to stop the madness and start obeying the law.
    The town’s dispute with its longtime landscaping contractor has resembled a slow-motion car wreck over the past couple of months. Every time we think the car is finally skidding to a halt, it hits another curb and flips up in the air again.

  • Letter: Community prayer event May 4 at Blackmon Park

    I’m writing to ask you to join us at Preston Blackmon Park in Lancaster this Saturday for our fourth-annual Prayer Banquet Revival. It’s a time to come together and lift up the name of God to strengthen our community.
    We need to pray for peace and purpose for ourselves, for each other, and for the representatives of our community, city, state and nation. Let us fellowship together and draw closer to God.