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Today's Opinions

  • 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the Dems have won the popular vote for two presidencies but lost the elections, they think the electoral college is outdated.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.    

  • Column: Why does state disguise who’s really in charge?

    When it comes to debt, the state of South Carolina is swimming in billions of it.
    Yet an important report on the state’s finances, issued by Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom and considered a key document by credit rating agencies in evaluating state debt, paints a misleading picture of South Carolina’s government structure and authority over state agencies.

  • 2 preachers prone to smiles, prayers

    The shout, “Well Glory!” marked the life of Curtis Cameron just as bazookas and Bibles left an imprint on W.C. Wallace.
    We lost them – two of the county’s best-known ministers – in the past few days.
    Cameron, 85, died at his home March 22 and Wallace, 93, died Tuesday.
    I have been thinking about the legacy that they left us.
    At a small community newspaper, we don’t just write about folks. We really know them.

  • 2 preachers prone to smiles, prayers

    The shout, “Well Glory!” marked the life of Curtis Cameron just as bazookas and Bibles left an imprint on W.C. Wallace.
    We lost them – two of the county’s best-known ministers – in the past few days.
    Cameron, 85, died at his home March 22 and Wallace, 93, died Tuesday.
    I have been thinking about the legacy that they left us.
    At a small community newspaper, we don’t just write about folks. We really know them.

  • 2 preachers prone to smiles, prayers

    The shout, “Well Glory!” marked the life of Curtis Cameron just as bazookas and Bibles left an imprint on W.C. Wallace.
    We lost them – two of the county’s best-known ministers – in the past few days.
    Cameron, 85, died at his home March 22 and Wallace, 93, died Tuesday.
    I have been thinking about the legacy that they left us.
    At a small community newspaper, we don’t just write about folks. We really know them.

  • 2 preachers prone to smiles, prayers

    The shout, “Well Glory!” marked the life of Curtis Cameron just as bazookas and Bibles left an imprint on W.C. Wallace.
    We lost them – two of the county’s best-known ministers – in the past few days.
    Cameron, 85, died at his home March 22 and Wallace, 93, died Tuesday.
    I have been thinking about the legacy that they left us.
    At a small community newspaper, we don’t just write about folks. We really know them.